Smoky Collard Greens

Yes, I am a Southern girl, and one of my favorite side dishes is collard greens. I love them with a little apple cider vinegar. And they aren’t just tasty – they are SO good for you! They support detoxification, they are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K (and many other nutrients), they’re rich in soluble fiber, and they have strong antioxidant properties. I almost always have some in my fridge, and this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them! (This recipe was inspired by Whole Foods’ smoky collard greens.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches collard greens, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 14.5 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1.5 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more, if you like them spicy!)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add onion and saute, stirring often, for a few minutes (5-7) until the onions turn translucent and begin to break down.
  3. Add garlic, chile flakes, and chipotle powder. Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the washed greens, stirring often until the greens are wilted (about 5 minutes). You may have to add them in batches, depending on the size of your pot.
  5. Add red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, tomatoes, smoked paprika, and vegetable broth.
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Cook covered until the collard greens are very tender, 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!