Collard Greens: A Delicious and Nutritious Dish

Collard greens are a versatile and delicious leafy green vegetable packed with nutrients. They’re a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as fiber and essential minerals. Plus, they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to find year-round.

Traditionally, collard greens are cooked low and slow to bring out their rich, earthy flavor. This recipe offers a basic foundation you can customize to your liking.


  • 1 bunch collard greens (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Optional: Smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice


  1. Wash the collard greens thoroughly. Remove any tough stems and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook for another minute, until fragrant.
  4. Stir in the chopped collard greens and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the greens are tender.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Here are some optional additions for more flavor:
    • Smoked paprika: Adds a smoky depth.
    • Red pepper flakes: Gives a kick of heat.
    • Hot sauce: Adds a spicy kick.
    • Apple cider vinegar: Offers a tangy counterpoint.
    • Lemon juice: Brightens the flavor.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!


  • For a richer flavor, you can cook the collard greens with a ham hock, smoked turkey leg, or bacon drippings. Just remove the meat before serving.
  • You can also add other vegetables to the pot, such as chopped carrots, celery, or bell peppers.
  • Leftover collard greens can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Additional Recipe Ideas:

  • Southern-Style Collard Greens: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and a splash of apple cider vinegar for a classic Southern flavor.
  • Tuscan Collard Greens: Saute some pancetta or Italian sausage before adding the collard greens, and use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  • Asian-Style Collard Greens: Add a splash of soy sauce, a drizzle of sesame oil, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for an Asian-inspired twist

No matter how you prepare them, collard greens are a delicious and healthy way to boost your diet. So get creative, experiment with different flavors, and enjoy!