Most people thing of eating raw salads when they think of eating greens. Of course that is a great option. However, if you are looking for a warm dish that includes greens then try this recipe of mine below. It’s very easy to make your greens tasty by adding a few simple ingredients to it. 

Adding the right spices, seeds, oils and fresh lemon at the correct time when cooking greens can enhance its flavours and help in easy digestion. 

In this recipe, I use Lacinato kale, only because it’s my most favourite greens. However, you can use any greens you like or have available in your fridge. I have tried this recipe with different greens such as chard, collard, beet greens, kohlrabi greens and they all taste absolutely delicious. No matter which greens you use, the secret is NOT to over cook your greens. it needs to stay firm and crunchy to taste good, not soggy  and limp 🙂 ! 

Watch this short video below to see how quick and easy it is to make these side dish or appetizer.

Garlicky Sautéed Greens

Looking for a way to add more greens into your diet? Look no further! Here is a simple and easy recipe that requires just a handful of ingredients and only 5 minutes to cook.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 4 people
Calories 111 kcal


  • 1 Vitamix Blender


  • 1 bunch Lacinato kale (greens such as chard, collard. beet greens, kohlrabi can also be used)
  • 8 pods garlic (I'm a garlic girl :)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (raw not roasted )
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon rind (grate rind from 1 firm lemon)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (omit if you don't like spice)
  • 1 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt (use as per your taste)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (you can use any oil)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)


  • Chop garlic in a small blender or by hand
  • Grate lemon rind from 1 lemon
  • Wash and chop the greens you are using
  • Cut 1 lemon into half to squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • Turn on heat, place cast iron pan on heat. Once hot, add oil and heat. Add garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute, add chilli flakes stir frying for another minute. Add in the greens, such as kale and toss well for about 2 minutes, then add the grated lemon rind and salt to taste and toss for another minute. Turn off heat and finally add sesame seeds and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Serve warm as a side dish with your favourite protein.
    This is also s a great appetizer served with sourdough bread.
    Delicious with rice and dal as well.


Nutrition Facts
Garlicky Sautéed Greens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 627mg27%
Potassium 304mg9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 6899IU138%
Vitamin C 82mg99%
Calcium 208mg21%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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