Collard Greens and Kale

Collard Greens and Kale

The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
202 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 202
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 223mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 104mg 520%
Calcium 372mg 29%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 614mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Kale and collard greens make a flavorful team in this healthy, tasty side dish that combines these greens with olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice to help season it and give it tang. It makes a satisfying way to eat your veggies.

Enjoy this dish with other Southern classics, such as fried chicken, coleslaw, and homemade biscuits—or whatever you desire. It would also be great alongside a roasted chicken or a pork tenderloin, with rice as a side.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch collard greens (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds)

  • 1 large bunch kale (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • Dashes hot pepper sauce, to taste, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Collard Greens and Kale ingredients

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  2. Rinse collard greens and kale thoroughly.

    Rinse collard greens and kale in a colander

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  3. Drain and cut out large, tough stems and ribs.

    Cut out large, tough stems and ribs from the kale and collard greens

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  4. Slice the leaves into 1/4-inch strips. You should have about 8 packed cups.

    Slice the kale and collard greens leaves into strips

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  5. Heat the olive oil in a well-seasoned heavy skillet or wok over medium-high heat.

    Skillet with oil

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  6. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

    Garlic cooking in a skillet

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  7. Add half of the collard greens and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds.

    Collard greens cooking in a skillet

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  8. Add half of the kale and cook stirring, for about 1 minute, or until the leaves begin to soften.

    Kale and collard greens cooking in a skillet

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  9. Add the remaining greens and cook, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes, until the greens are tender.

    Kale and collard greens cooking in a skillet

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  10. Season with the salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and a few drops of hot pepper sauce, if desired.

    Kale and collard greens cooking in a skillet

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Tip


  • Make sure the greens are well washed. Collard greens, in particular, must be rinsed in several changes of water to ensure there is no grit still clinging to the leaves. Just fill the sink, a large bowl, or dishpan with water, and swish them around. Refill and repeat until you don't feel any bits of sand in the bottom of the sink or container.

Should I wash kale or collard greens before storing?

When you bring home kale or collard greens from the store or farmers market, it is best to put them unwashed and loosely wrapped in the fridge. Stored this way, the greens will keep for up to five days. If you wash them immediately and then refrigerate, the greens lose their crispness, and they will spoil more quickly because of the moisture.