Spring in central Florida starts a time with plenty of local fresh green vegetables. While many northern areas have still had snow in April, I have enjoyed an abundant green time. Not only do the local growers at Tasty Tuesday still sell tables of great lettuce, cabbage, fresh sweet peas, broccoli, and more, but my friend next door has been sharing her bounty from her garden. One day it was a big bag of fresh collard greens, another was arugula, and her last visit brought radishes. In return, I shared with her purple young spring onions or small sweet peppers for her salad.
Today let’s talk about a tasty way to cook fresh collard greens. Sautéed in olive oil with sweet onion, and tossed with a balsamic honey vinaigrette, sweet and tangy collards are a perfect side dish. I had them with pork and mashed potatoes. Yum, it was good!
For best results, remove heavy center ribs and discard to compost. It tends to be bitter. Chop green leaves into smaller pieces. Add to the sautéed onion and stir well as it wilts. Add the water and a lid to steam in the pan for up to 8 minutes. Drain and toss with vinaigrette!
Sweet & Tangy Sautéed Collard Greens
serves 8, use organic where available
Sweet & Tangy Sautéed Collard Greens
- 1 1/2 lb collard greens rinsed, trimmed, chopped
- 1/2 Vidalia or other sweet onion chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp local honey
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
- 4 tbsp virgin olive oil divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat
- Add onion, stir often, and cook almost 5 minutes
- Stir in collard greens a handful at a time until wilts and fits pan
- Cook until wilted
- Pour in water, cover & cook 5 to 7 minutes stirring occasionally
- When collards are bright green, remove from pan & drain
- Whisk vinegar, honey, ginger, & 3 tablespoons of olive oil in large bowl
- Add greens & toss lightly to coat
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Serve warm
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24 thoughts to “Sweet & Tangy Sauteed Collard Greens”
The pork chop, mashed potatoes, and collards make for a wonderful combination and a pretty plate! I pinned your recipe because I’m never brave enough to prepare collards at home. We have a restaurant close by that makes delicious greens. They are actually tangy mustard greens!
I like all greens, mustards included. Thanks for the pin!
I have never had collard greens, but these look delicious.
If you try them. let me know what you think.
Collards are my favorite greens – this sounds delicious! I’m intrigued by the honey vinaigrette.
Collards are my favorite greens too. This is a slightly different interpretation from classic southern greens but it is yummy.
This sounds yum. I do love Spring veggies a lot X #mmbc
It is good!
Great way to use those spring veggies. Our asparagus is starting to come in so we are enjoying that.
Yum asparagus is fabulous!
I have never tried collard greens but I have been quite curious about them. They sound yummy! Pinned.
Do let me know if you try them and what you think. The traditional southern way to cook is with pork in water. This is a slight twist to it.
Collards remind me of one of my grandmothers. She used to make them like this. I’ve never made them myself though. Thanks for the recipe. Pinning.
thanks for the pin Beverly
Hi Carol, I love anything sweet and tangy and this recipe sonds like it would work for other greens too. It’s nice that you have a veggies swap with your neighbour, that’s one way of getting more variety!
I agree and it’s fun too.
I really enjoy collard greens since we moved south . I needed a recipe to call my own so I’ll be trying yours. I was not expecting the ginger.
It is unexpected.
Hi Carol, My husband and I have never had collard greens, and really didn’t know what they were. But I’ve yet to meet a veggie I didn’t like and I’m looking forward to trying your recipe! Pinning to share!
Let me know how you like it! Thanks for the pin.
I’ve only had collard greens twice, but never tried to prepare them myself. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I may give this a spin and try cooking it myself.
If you do try it, let me know what you think.
I love greens – and this recipe sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!
thanks for coming by. Happy Sunday!