Braised Greens with Silky Walnut Sauce

Braised greens are the perfect side dish. They only take a few minutes to cook so it’s an easy way to get a lot of veggies on your plate. The silky walnut sauce distracts from the slight bitterness of the greens and also make this a very anti-inflammatory dish. You can use leftover walnut sauce as a dip or a spread.

Braised Greens with Silky Walnut Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Michelle Babb MS, RD, CD
Walnut sauce
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup butter beans
  • 1 tablespoon raw tahini
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup water
Braised Greens
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch kale or chard de-stemmed and ribbon cut
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then transfer the walnuts to a food processor.
  3. Add beans, tahini, maple syrup, and salt to the food processor and blend. Slowly add water until the mixture is thin enough to drizzle. Set mixture aside.
  4. In a large sauté pan, add olive oil and shallots. Sauté over medium heat. Add mushrooms and peppers and sauté for 10 minutes. Add the greens, toss with other ingredients and sauté until greens begin to wilt. Add mirin and tamari, cover and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. To serve, place a generous serving of the greens on a plate and drizzle the walnut sauce over the top.