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Eat Well LiveWell: Quick Collard Greens

Quick Collard Greens - UnityPoint Health

The history of collard greens in the United States goes back centuries and is filled with minimalist recipes that tip their hats to the hint of bitter and hearty texture of this special vegetable. These greens are also a good source of fiber, which helps to keep us satisfied after our meal.

Pairing these remarkable greens with sweet potatoes gives this recipe a hearty feel, as well as more vitamins and minerals. Ginger root, garlic and red onion all lend a helping hand of flavors and complexity, while the olive oil brings the whole group together to create a beautiful side dish. Not only will these quick collard greens fill your belly with nutrients, but the dish will fill your home with an amazing aroma! So, the next time you are looking for a fragrant and homey side dish, try this recipe!

Quick Collard Greens

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 25 minutes


  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ red onion, chopped
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 bunch collard greens, chopped
  • 1 (1/2 inch) piece fresh, chopped ginger root or ½-1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Cook and stir onion until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add sweet potato and garlic; continue to cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir collard greens, ginger, and salt into onion mixture until vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes more.
  2. Pour water into vegetables and cover skillet. Simmer until greens are tender, about 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

192 Calories, 4g Protein, 14g Fat, 15g Carbohydrates, 5g Fiber, 422mg Sodium