Simple Lemony Spring Greens / Savoy Cabbage

by Jamie Oliver
Simple Lemony Spring Greens / Savoy Cabbage


1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 head of Spring Greens, Savoy Cabbage or a mixture of the two (approx 500g in total)


1. Using a microplane, finely grate the lemon zest onto a chopping board, then transfer to a jam jar. Cut the lemon in half. and squeeze half the juice into the jar, using your fingers to catch any pips.

2. Add the extra virgin olive oil to the jar with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper. Put the lid securely on the jar and shake well. Have a taste and see whether you think it needs a bit more lemon juice or oil – you want it to be slightly too acidic, so that it’s still nice and zingy once you’ve dressed your spring greens.

3. Half-fill a large saucepan with cold water and add a tiny pinch of salt. Place on a high heat and bring to the boil. Meanwhile...

4. Trim and cut the spring greens and / or savoy cabbage in half lengthways, then finely slice.

5. Once the water is boiling, carefully add the greens and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender but still bright green in colour.

6. Once cooked, drain the greens over the sink into a colander, steam dry for a minute, then tip back into the pan.

7. Give the dressing another good shake up, then drizzle it over the greens.

8. Using tongs, gently toss the spring greens in the dressing while they’re still hot to help them soak up all the dressing, then transfer to a bowl and serve straight away.

TIPS: This zesty lemon dressing works nicely on fresh crisp salads as well as other boiled or steamed greens, such as pak choi and chard and spinach.

This makes a fantastic side dish and you can serve it with almost anything - grilled meats or fish, stews, roasts – you name it!

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