Beans and greens salad


A year ago I made this great discovery. I’ve found a way to eat ‘horta‘ salad (different kinds of boiled greens). In Greece it’s easy to find many kinds of old greens in open markets, so nutritious and great in taste, amazing! I love them so much. In Netherlands people don’t eat them, I bet you can find them around but I’m not so experienced to collect them myself, I only know how to tell what ‘radikia’ is. Anyway, so a year ago I saw these celery greens, very tender and ‘young’ in my local Saturday market. Alright, fine, they’re not the Greek ones (typical answer). So, yes it’s true they are not. But they looked nice and fresh and basically my only chance to have kind of horta salad in Netherlands. I will try, who knows? The result was so good, I was so happy that I can eat this lovely salad even out of Greece! Next step is to use the celery greens together with spinach in a ‘hortopita’ – Greek filo pie with greens. There is a solution for everything, don’t give up!


the recipe

serves 2 | 70′

  • 100gr. big black beans or other beans you like
  • 500gr. greens / celery leaves
  • 80gr. olive oil
  • juice from half lemon
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • salt
  • black pepper



  • Soak the beans in water the night before.
  • Boil the beans in slated water for about 1h.
  • Boil the greens in a different pot until soft – almost 15′, depending on the type of greens. When ready drain them and pour cold water on them to retain their color vivid.
  • Mix the boiled beans and greens with the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and spice.




  • Alternatively you can replace the lemon with vinegar.






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