Greens with Crackling Crumb (Low carb)

Greens with Buttermilk Dressing
Greens with Buttermilk Dressing

While I simply love meat, a lot of my attention is focussed on the accompanying side dishes. Think further than frozen vegetables (gag!), because there are a multitude of things you could do with salads or cooked fresh vegetables making them interesting and fun. Here is one that is packed with flavour and can be served warm – or as a cool salad at your next braai (BBQ). Be sure to also check out the other Side Dish ideas on the site.

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Carbs 5.3g | Fat 3.8g | Protein 12g
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Greens with Crackling Crumb (Low carb)

A deliciously different option for your side vegetables. Blanched low-carb greens with a great buttermilk dressing and crackling crumb topping - coming in at 5.3g carbs per serving.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 as a side dish

Per serving

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3.8g


  • 120 g (4.2 oz) buttermilk
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 tsp tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • salt
  • 240 g (8.5 oz) broccolini
  • 240 g (8.5 oz) asparagus
  • 20 g (0.7 oz) lean pork scratchings, blitzed to a crumb
  • 2 tsp capers, drained
  • pink Himalayan salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Make the dressing by whisking together buttermilk, lemon juice and zest, tarragon and garlic paste. Season with salt and set aside.
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the broccolini, cooking for about 90 seconds. Add the asparagus to the same pan and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove the greens with tongs or a slotted spoon and place onto a tray lined with kitchen paper. Place another sheet of kitchen paper on top to absorb excess moisture.
  • Serve the greens with the dressing spooned over and scatter over the blitzed pork scratchings, capers and chopped parsley. Season with pink Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Vegetables cook at different times. With broccolini, you need 3.5 min - and asparagus no longer than 2-3 minutes (depending on their thickness). If you care about presentation like I do, I always shave off the ends of my asparagus using a vegetable peeler.

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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         101Kcal / 423kJ
Fat                                 3.8g
Carbohydrates               5.3g
Protein                           12g

Wheat (found in store-bought scratchings)
Soya (found in store-bought scratchings)

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