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Paleo and Whole30 braised escarole with onions on a plate.
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Braised Escarole with Onions

I got a big ass escarole in my CSA box last Friday, so I looked in my trusty copy of Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone to see how best to tackle it. Her recipe for “Braised Escarole with Onion” seemed simple enough so I cooked some up, subbing in ghee instead of olive oil.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, Primal, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30
Servings: 4
Calories: 124kcal


  • 1 large head of escarole ~2 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • vinegar of your choice


  • The first thing you need to do is separate the escarole leaves and wash it well (there can be lots of mud and dirt at the base of the inner leaves).  Drain and coarsely chop.
  • Heat the ghee in a wide skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions until soft. Throw in the garlic and stir around for ~ 30 seconds and then dump in the escarole (damp greens are good).
  • Lightly salt the greens and onions and cook covered until the greens are wilted and tender (~12-15 minutes).  Season with salt and pepper and add a splash of your favorite vinegar.
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Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g