Spicy Raw Greens with Raisins

Yes, it’s me again, with yet another recipe for greens. I adore greens, as evidenced by these collard greens with smoked sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms, this raw kale and grapefruit salad, and another spicy kale combo, this kale salad with tomatoes and chiles. I also throw them in smoothies all the time (spinach, blueberries and mint is only one of many endless combinations that end up in my blender). What can I say? I have a bit of a “greens” addiction. I figure there are worse things.

This easy little dish is light, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. With the sweet note of raisins and the hit from the crushed red pepper, these are certainly not an afterthought on your dinner plate. I enjoyed them alongside a version of this rutabaga soup (I threw in half rutabaga, half turnip) for dinner last night. It was light, fresh, and delicious.

Spicy Raw Greens with Raisins (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

1 clove garlic, minced

3 T apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 T olive oil

3/4 t crushed red pepper flakes

3/4 t kosher salt or to taste

1/2 t freshly ground black pepper or to taste

1/4 c raisins

1 bunch turnip or mustard greens, chopped

In a large bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add raisins and greens and toss well with your hands or a spoon.  Allow to marinate for 30 minutes.

Serves 2-4.

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.


  1. says

    I’ve never been a big fan of bitter greens like these, but the sharp flavors of the spice and sweetness of the raisins sound like perfect matches!

  2. says

    Sounds delish, Alta! Hope I remember this next summer when I’m staring at the spicy mustard greens at the farmers market wondering, “what do I do with these?”


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