Southern Comfort Collard Greens

Posted by Lindsay Kluge on Saturday, November 21, 2020
Collard greens

There are always collard greens in the family garden. In the fall and winter, we go through so many collards on a weekly basis it becomes unreasonable to buy them. If you’ve ever made collard greens, you’ll know they cook down a lot. An enormous bouquet of collard greens you’d think would feed your entire extended family will ultimately barely serve three. Thus, we plant about 50+ collard greens in the garden during the colder months.When you plan to make a pot of collard greens, make sure you harvest / procure enough to feed the crowd.

I have personally always been Team Collard Greens. Kale is great, but collards are so, so much better. They’re easy to grow, super hardy, gorgeously green, and extremely nutrient dense. Collards are rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, iron and vitamin K – all excellent nutrients especially for women’s health. As with most of our leafy greens, collards are a great source of dietary fiber (which most folks are really lacking!). And when you cook up a batch, they can go with nearly any meal. Leafy greens – be it kale, collards, spinach, arugula, lettuces or even sprouts – are such an important part of our daily diets. The nutritional punch they pack on your plate is huge, and with the right recipe, will be something you continuously crave.

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Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Collard Green recipe

This is my family recipe for southern comfort collard greens. A staple at our table for every fall and winter holiday gathering, and easy enough for weeknight dinners, too. There are tons of variations on this depending on your taste:

a. Add bacon and cracked pepper for a savory breakfasty option.

b. Add vinegar at the end in place of soy sauce for the more traditional southern approach.

c. Add nutritional yeast and smoked paprika at the end for a cheesy smokey flavor that goes great with heartier dinners like red meat or burgers.

My preference: I like lots of garlic, and I cook them a long time so they almost melt in my mouth. Adjust cooking time to your texture liking.


Southern Comfort Collard Greens

  • 800g (1.25lb) collard greens
  • 1 cup chopped sweet yellow onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
Serves 3-4
Wash collard greens well, then remove the center stem. Coarsely chop the greens, and set aside. In a *large* pot, add 2 tbsp olive oil and turn on medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute until almost translucent - about 5-6 minutes. Add the chopped collards one handful at a time, stirring to coat the greens with the onions, garlic and oil. Once all of the collards have been added to the pot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/3 cup of filtered water. Stir once, then place a lid on the pot, turn the heat down to a simmer, and let cook for 40 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. Once collards are all cooked down, remove from heat, and add a splash of soy sauce or liquid aminos, cracked black pepper, and a pinch of Celtic sea salt. Serve hot, and enjoy!  

Photos by Jessie Lee Taylor <3