Here, you can use chard, kale, or spinach to make an easy, delicious side dish. Coarsely chop the greens (with any tender stems), steam them until cooked through, then squeeze them dry in cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel.
This recipe is adapted from Sarah Copeland's forthcoming book, "Feast" (Chronicle Books).When you gradually add warm broth to barley, it turns tender and creamy -- the same texture that Arborio rice gives risotto. The chard, always amenable to grains, is a revelation, becoming sweet and almost satiny after about five minutes in the pot. And although cooking radishes may sound odd, it tames their bite without masking their liveliness. Preserved lemon, with its complex aroma and acidity, stands up to the hearty flavors.
Oshitashi is a classic Japanese side dish made with various leafy greens. While spinach is the most typical example, in this version, red chard is lightly cooked, drained, and chopped, and then tossed with soy sauce and topped with bonito flakes.