By Bailey Swilley

Published on May 11, 2016

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by Bailey Swilley

We’re approaching peak farmer’s market season, and we’re sharing plenty of ideas that will get you to add some greens to your reusable canvas bag. If you’re craving greens, you can create delicious meals with options outside the popular crowd (kale, arugula, cabbage, and all the usual suspects). Here’s what to make with the greens you never use. 

Ramps

Although they’re in the onions and leeks family, both the white stalks and green leaves of ramps can be enjoyed.

Spaghetti With Ramps

Craving a light pasta dish? Look no further.

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Gnocchi With Ramp Butter And Parmesan Cheese

Yes, ramp butter. Yum. 

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Ramp Spiked Dijon Yogurt Salad Dressing

Need a pungent kick in your salad? Ramps are the answer. 

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Asparagus & Ramps With Hard-Boiled Quail Eggs

Because weekends at the farmers market have caused you to ask yourself, “But really, what will I make with quail eggs and ramps?”

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Buttermilk-Fried Ramps

Just because they’re green doesn’t mean you can’t fry ‘em. 

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Simple Asparagus And Ramp Soup With Rustic Spelt Bread

Ramps belong in soups. Period. 

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Ramp Green Pesto & Pizza

Of course there’s a pizza on this list.

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Watercress

This is the green with it all: fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, calcium, and more. So stock up and make one of these dishes with it!

 
Spicy Soba Noodles With Wilted Watercress

The buckwheat and greens in this recipe will fill you up, and the chile-garlic sauce will surely light you up. 

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Beet And Watercress Salad With Farm Eggs

This brings new meaning to “taste the rainbow.”

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Watercress Mashed Potatoes

Comfort food meets healthy greens. Balance!

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Salmon Pappardelle With Spinach And Watercress Pesto

All of our dinner faves together in one place: big ribbons of pasta, fresh salmon, and flavorful pesto.

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Watercress Warm Winter Salad

Sometimes (we’re looking at you, rainy Mondays), you just need a warm salad.

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Watercress Soup

Whether you’re feeling cozy or just want lots of tasty greens, this soup does both.

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Jalapeño-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad With Crab, Avocado And Toasted Almonds

For those days that you need a substantial lunch that won’t require a nap.

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Bok Choy

You’re probably familiar with this Chinese cabbage, but have you tried cooking with it yourself?

Easy Fresh Bok Choy Salad

No heat required!

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Spicy Roasted Bok Choy

Tired of roasted cauliflower? Probably not, but this is a nice change anyway! 

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Ginger Bok Choy Soup With Noodles

Bulk up your rich ramen with some healthy greens! 

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Teriyaki Chicken, Bok Choy And Corn Zucchini Noodles

Greens on greens. Why not?

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Garlic Bacon Bok Choy

When you’re tired of Eggs Benedict and omelets, look to this delicious brunch.  

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Creamy Cashew Veggie Noodle Bowl

This vegetarian recipe makes a satisfying dinner, plus it’s got everyone’s favorite nut (cashews!).

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Spicy Orange Roasted Salmon And Bok Choy

All the important flavors (spicy, salty, and sweet) come together in this yummy salmon recipe. 

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Nettles

Also known as “Stinging Nettles,” these babies are a forager’s go-to. Here’s why:

Nettle And Lemon Cake With Lemon Icing And Blackberries

Yep. CAKE. 

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Nettle Pesto

Perfect for dipping or pouring all over warm pasta. Mangia!

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Wild Nettle Gnocchi With Cashel Blue Sauce

Blue cheese and nettles, a match made in weird green heaven. 

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Nettle Shake With Strawberries And Rhubarb

Shake things up with an easy, nutritious breakfast that travels well.

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Wild Nettle Bread

These rolls make a great pre-dinner centerpiece as well as an appetizer.

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Hormone Balancing Creamy Nettle Soup

Health nut? Here’s something you probably haven’t tried–yet.

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Nettle Quinotta

Quinoa risotto? Why didn’t we think of that? 

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Fiddleheads

These curly-cues are high in iron, fiber, omega-3s, and omega-6s, so fern away!

Fiddlehead Fry-Up With Morel Mushrooms & Pancetta

Here’s a rich and savory way to enjoy fiddleheads and impress your significant other at Sunday night dinner.

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Fiddlehead And Flower Month-Of-May Salad

Tired of kale salads every weekday? For a change, try whipping this up in your lunch box instead. 

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Crispy Baked Fiddleheads With Spicy Lemon-Sumac Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Bring the pub home with these fun snack (that’s much healthier than fish and chips).

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Pickled Fiddlehead Ferns

Home pickling is all the rage and fiddleheads are no exception. Dive in! 

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Fiddlehead And Goat Cheese Tart

Fiddleheads make your tart look so much more gorgeous for weekend entertaining. 

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Fiddlehead Fern And Potato Hash

 If you need to be able to whip up a quick meal after work full of vitamins, then this Martha Stewart recipe is calling your name. 

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Fiddlehead And Tomato Salad With Pecorino

You can even give them an Italian flare with this colorful recipe from A Thought for Food. 

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