Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens

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Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens

Fresh and tender Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens, easily cooks up in 30 minutes with onions, garlic, tomatoes and aromatic herbs and spice for an amazingly delicious taste of the South!


Vegan Collard Greens

This weekend is my husband’s birthday and I’m so excited to make him some of his favorite dishes.

He specially requested that I make my Cranberry Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies, Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, Jamaican Rice and Peas, Jamaican Spicy Curry Potato and a big pot of Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens.

What Are Collard Greens?

Collard greens are dark green leafy vegetables that are popular in the Southern United States, they are in the same family as kale. 

 Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens

Collard greens are cultivated all year round and they thrive in the heat of summer, but they are tastier during the winter months.

How To Cook Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens

For the Vegan Collard Greens, we buy them fresh from the local farmers here in Florida. I find that they are very tender and usually cook in 30 minutes or less.

For this recipe, I added smoked paprika for a real smoky flavor along with onion, garlic, and tomatoes to replace meat. The result is bursting with flavors that you won’t even miss the meat!

 Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens

Other Southern-Style Recipes:

Instant Pot Pinto Beans


Southern-Style Black-Eyed Peas

Vegan Gumbo

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 92 kcal / 385 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbs: 11 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 20 min
  • Cooking: 35 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
For: 4 servings



  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium-high. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and cook for a minute. Add tomatoes, smoked paprika, thyme, salt and cook stirring for a minute.
  3. Stir in collard greens until wilted.
  4. Add liquid, cover saucepan and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.


 Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Victoria Wright
    October 10, 2020

    Never cooked with collard greens before but I’m so happy I found this recipe! It was so good! So fresh and healthy with lots of flavor. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      October 11, 2020

      Victoria, that is wonderful that you found it and I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

  2. Rebecca
    August 12, 2020

    This is definitely a keeper recipe. Made it just as the recipe is written and Hubs loved it. Next time I will add more tomatoes, which seem made for collards. Thank you for the resources you are posting.

  3. Tracy
    May 20, 2020

    Easy to prepare and very tasty. There is a nice blend of flavors. Makes me want to use smoked paprika more often.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      May 21, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it Tracy, yes smoked paprika gives a nice flavor. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  4. Melina
    February 17, 2020

    Another 5 star recipe as far as we are concerned. I used curly kale instead of collard greens since I can’t buy those here. The combination with Cajun Quinoa Pilaf and Southern Black Eyed Peas was absolutely great.

  5. Susan
    August 4, 2019

    Thanks, Michelle! I love this recipe…left out the onions for allergy reasons, but added a bit more garlic instead. The thyme and paprika is not a combo I’d normally use, but it was delicious! Made the greens to serve with oven-roasted golden beets and my husband asked when I would make them again.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 4, 2019

      Susan, that’s wonderful to read, happy it turned out great and your hubby enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback.

  6. Anna
    June 8, 2019

    Hi my question is, my question is do you get after eating collard greens, I just bought some collard greens yesterday and I like your recipe I want to try it, but did you get gases after eating this? Thank you I’ll appreciate your honesty:) how should I cook this without hurting my stomach,do you know

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 8, 2019

      Anna, that’s a very good question. I honestly never get gas from collards greens but I understand why some people would. Some person’s digestive system reacts to different foods. Some digestive systems are weak because of years of abuse from eating the wrong foods, whether it be improper food combination, eating highly processed foods too often, high frequency in eating (not giving the digestive tract rest), overeating, underlying digestive issues. So many reasons. If you follow my recipe as written it will be the best collard greens. Remove the thick middle rib of the collard green leaf and discard.

  7. Pippen
    January 19, 2019

    Thank you Michelle! I made this with kale, as I couldn’t find collard greens, and it turned out great. I made it with the black eyed peas… Yum!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 19, 2019

      I’m glad you enjoyed it with kale thank you for your feedback.

  8. Mercedes
    January 2, 2019

    Michelle, the collards recipe is really good! This one is a keeper in my rotation. I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so I improvised using an entire pack of sun-dried tomatoes with smoke flavor. Came out great, made that pot likker taste smoky & just delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 2, 2019

      You are welcome Mercedes, I’m happy you enjoyed it and I love your adjustment. Great idea. Thank you for your feedback.

  9. Paige
    November 16, 2018

    I have been making this recipe a lot lately, my new favorite!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 16, 2018

      Thank you Page, I’m happy you are enjoying it.

  10. Vicki
    November 6, 2018

    Love this

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 6, 2018

      Thank you Vicki for your feedback, I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  11. Danele Williams-Taylor
    January 13, 2018

    Simple Vegan collard greens that contain affordable ingredients. I will make this dish. :-)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 13, 2018

      Thank you Danele,hope you enjoy it!

  12. Anita ray
    January 4, 2018

    I truly love this recipe I made it several times I do not missed using meat at all I did had to cook it longer then recipe call for because I like them very tender but they were delicious

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 4, 2018

      Thank you so much Anita for your feedback, I’m so happy you love them!