Vegetarian Collard Greens Recipe | Healthy Collard Greens Recipe

Don’t these tomatoes look amazing?

I usually buy a large bag of kale each week at Wegmans. This week there was no humongous bag of kale, but there was a curious substitute… a humongous bag of collard greens! I’ve never had them, but I’d heard they’re a southern staple and decided to try something new. I looked up some recipes online and came up with this, a mix of many…

Vegetarian Collard Greens Recipe | Healthy Collard Greens Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons vinegar (I like apple cider vinegar)
  • 4 cups collard greens, chopped into 1.5 inch pieces
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • (fake) bacon bits, for topping
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Saute the onion in the olive oil until tender (about 2 minutes). Use a big pan that you can fit all the greens + the water in.
  2. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add the chili powder, vinegar, and sugar; stir to let the sugar dissolve.
  3. Add the greens and let is simmer, covered, for about 25 minutes.
  4. Serve with chopped tomatoes, bacon bits, and salt and pepper to taste.

I hope you enjoy these healthy collard greens. It was so easy to take the traditional collards recipe and turn it into a vegetarian collard greens recipe. I’m not a vegetarian, but I really enjoy vegetarian food.