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Vegetarian Southern-Style Collard Greens

22 Nov 2018 12:25 AM | Tosha Hawkins (Administrator)

Vegetarian Southern-Style Collard Greens

With today being Thanksgiving, try this healthy alternative recipe! Collard greens are naturally fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, low in calories, a good source of calcium and fiber, and an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. Most southern recipes for collard greens call for either smoked meats or salt pork, which can add more sodium and fat to the dish. This holiday season, we’re kicking that extra sodium to the curb!

Cook time: 1 hour 20 mins


  • Vegetable oil

  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced                          

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 teaspoon Applewood smoked salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 2 lbs. collard greens, leaves only, rinsed and chopped

  • TT black pepper

  • TT hot sauce

  • TT vinegar

(TT- to taste)


  1. Coat a large deep skillet or pot with vegetable oil

  2. Sauté onions until almost tender, over medium heat

  3. Add garlic

  4. Cook until onion and garlic are fragrant, about 2-3 minutes

  5. Add in vegetable broth

  6. Season broth with smoked salt and red pepper flakes

  7. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed

  8. Bring broth to a simmer and reduce heat

  9. Add in collard greens (Greens will wilt down as they cook)

  10. Simmer for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. Do not boil.

  11. If desired, add in more smoked salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and/or vinegar.

  12. Enjoy!

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