Greens with Crispy Onions (Hendbeh b' Zeit)


Wilted greens topped with fried onions is a mezze must. Bitter dandelion greens are the most flavorful, but chard or kale--really any green or a combination of them--tastes delicious.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 servings


  • 20 cups chopped stemmed dandelion greens, chard and/or kale (from about 2 1/4 pounds)

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, 1 sliced and 1 finely chopped, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 large bunch fresh cilantro, stems and leaves finely chopped, divided

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook greens, in 2 batches, until tender, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to a colander to drain and cool. When cool enough to handle, place in a large clean dish towel and squeeze until dry.

  2. While the greens cool, dry the pot. Add oil and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until golden and crispy, 5 to 8 minutes more. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.

  3. Add chopped onion and garlic to the pot; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the greens and cilantro stems. Cook, stirring to mix the onions and garlic into the greens, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add cilantro leaves, lemon juice and salt. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

96 Calories
7g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 96
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 5973IU 119%
Vitamin C 23mg 26%
Folate 23mcg 6%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 77mg 18%
Potassium 573mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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