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Sauteed Vegan Collard Greens

The Best Collard Greens

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 8

Traditional, sauteed collard greens that could pass as your grandmother's classic recipe in a new heart healthy version. This will become a new staple in your house and you'll love how easy it is to make!

Author Imani Jone'e
by Imani Jone'e
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: Pot of Collard Greens (6 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Stew pot
  • 4 cups (32 oz) vegetable stock
  • 2-4 bundles of collard greens, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp vegan bacon bits
  • salt and pepper to taste
Recipe Directions


  • Add the oil of your choice to a stew pot on medium heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and tomato to the pot. Saute for 5 minutes while mixing.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Turn down the heat to a low simmer and cover the pot. Cook for about an hour or until desired tenderness. Enjoy!
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Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: Pot of Collard Greens
Servings: 6
Information per serving:
Energy: 116 kcal
Carbohydrate: 17.3 g
Protein: 5.3 g
Fiber: 6.7 g
Sugar: 4.1 g
Fat: 3.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.7 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 0.6 g
Omega-3: 0.2 g
Omega-6: 0.3 g
Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 37.9 mg 8% DV
Folate: 194 µg 48% DV
A: 7536.1 IU 323% DV
B1: 0.1 mg 9% DV
B2: 0.2 mg 18% DV
B3: 1.2 mg 8% DV
B5: 0.5 mg 9% DV
B6: 0.3 mg 25% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 55.8 mg 74% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 3.7 mg 24% DV
K: 633.3 µg 703% DV
Calcium: 350.8 mg 35% DV
Copper: 0.1 mg 12% DV
Iron: 1 mg 5% DV
Magnesium: 46.6 mg 14% DV
Manganese: 1.1 mg 61% DV
Phosphorus: 59.6 mg 8% DV
Potassium: 424.2 mg 9% DV
Selenium: 2.7 µg 4% DV
Sodium: 870.4 mg 58% DV
Zinc: 0.5 mg 6% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

This is a terrific one-pot recipe. Just cut up all the ingredients and throw it into the pot! Couldn't be easier!

If you've never tried collard greens before, we definitely encourage you to do so. Collard greens are not as bitter as other greens and cooking them a long time really like this makes them softer so they're very easy to eat. This dish really highlights the greens by using smokiness and saltiness.

Collard greens are a great heart-healthy food full of nutrition like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. You could easily omit the oil and vegan bacon bits as well to turn this into a whole food.

Though, it'd be a shame to remove the bacon bits - it's really what makes this recipe more like the Southern American classic side dish!

You'll love how this dish can accompany many of your meals, especially during the holidays. We hope you enjoy!

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