How to Easily Grow and Enjoy Versatile Scarole

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Scarole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4-6


  • 1 large head of scarole (also known as escarole), washed and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Scarole:

    • Wash the scarole thoroughly and pat it dry with paper towels.
    • Chop the scarole into bite-sized pieces, discarding any tough or discolored leaves.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics:

    • In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
    • Add the minced garlic and diced onion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Cook the Scarole:

    • Add the chopped scarole to the pan and sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until the scarole is wilted and tender.
    • Stir the scarole occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  4. Add the Remaining Ingredients:

    • Add the halved cherry tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese to the pan.
    • Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the mixture and sprinkle the dried oregano.
    • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Combine and Serve:

    • Gently toss all the ingredients together until well combined.
    • Serve the scarole warm or at room temperature.

Cook’s Note:

  • Scarole, also known as escarole, is a type of leafy green that is slightly bitter in taste. It’s a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber.
  • If you prefer a less bitter flavor, you can soak the chopped scarole in cold water for 10-15 minutes before cooking to help reduce the bitterness.
  • For a heartier meal, you can add cooked chickpeas, white beans, or grilled chicken to the dish.
  • This recipe can be served as a side dish or a light main course. It pairs well with crusty bread or a simple protein like grilled fish or roasted chicken.
  • The balsamic vinegar and feta cheese add a nice balance of sweetness and tanginess to the dish.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of olive oil, garlic, or seasonings to suit your personal taste preferences.

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!