Collard greens, a staple green vegetable in the South, are perfect candidates for vegan cooking. This easy-to-make recipe from AddM3 combines collards with savory spices and flavors that will make even those who normally shy away from greens fall in love.

Healthy and Flavorful Vegan Collard Greens Recipe | Easy to Make!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s super healthy: Collard greens are packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, C, A and calcium.
  • It’s flavorful: The combination of savory seasoning makes these collards taste amazing!
  • It’s versatile: These collards can be paired with many other dishes or served as its own side dish.

Ingredient List

  • 8 cups chopped fresh collard greens (about 2 large bunches)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    For Seasoning Mix:
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional pinch of cayenne pepper

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Prep your ingredients – chop the collard greens into small pieces.

  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add the water and olive oil then let it get hot for about one minute.

  3. Add minced garlic to the pot; cook for one minute until fragrant stirring occasionally being careful not to burn it.

  4. Next add your prepared seasonings mix then continue stirring everything together until combined about another minute or so until fragrant again

  5. Add chopped up collard greens along with salt & pepper seasoning while tossing gently for even distribution throughout all leaves within pan contents .

6.Cover the pot tightly with lid; increase heat slightly if needed on stove top burner settings till steaming occurs . Let steam for 6-8 minutes or until fully cooked and tender to taste preference.

  1. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce (optional), on top of rice, or as a side dish.

Cooking Time and Temperature Guidelines

  • Cooking time: 6-8 minutes
  • Temperature: Medium heat

My Pro-tips

  1. Use fresh collard greens if possible.
  2. Chop the collards into small pieces to cook evenly.
  3. Add seasoning mix slowly to avoid any overpowering flavor profiles.

Seasoning options

If you would like more spice you can add in chili flakes, cumin, garlic powder, and/or turmeric for a different spin on this delicious recipe!

Recipe Tips

  1. Don’t overcook your collard greens as they will lose their nutrients.
  2. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
  3. Reheat gently in the microwave or stovetop before serving again.

Recommended Tools to Make This Recipe:

  • Large pot
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Mixing spoon

This vegan collard greens recipe is easy-to-make but full of flavor with amazing health benefits! By following these steps carefully and adding your own twist with spices there’s no doubt this dish will impress family members across every generation at dinner tonight!


Q1. Are collard greens healthy for you?

A: Yes, collard greens are a nutrient-dense leafy green vegetable that provides many health benefits. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and calcium, among other essential vitamins and minerals. Adding them to your diet can support digestive health, bone health, immune function and may also help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease.

Q2. Can I use different types of greens instead of collard greens?

A: Absolutely! While this recipe calls for collard greens specifically, you can certainly use other types of hearty greens such as kale or Swiss chard if desired. Just be aware that cooking time may vary slightly depending on which type of green you choose.

Q3. Is this dish spicy?

A: The spiciness level in this recipe is mild-to-medium since it includes red pepper flakes – however; you can adjust the heat level according to your preference by adding more or fewer pepper flakes as needed. If you do not enjoy any spice at all or have a sensitivity to it like many people do we would recommend leaving out the red pepper entirely