Vegan Southern-Style Mixed Greens

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Vegan Southern-Style Mixed Greens

Amazing tasting Vegan Southern-Style Mixed Greens will surely be a hit. Delicious side dish for your next family gathering!

Vegan Southern-Style Mixed Greens

I love to make a huge pot of greens in the winter, mixing greens like collards, mustard, and turnips are my favorite. Here in Florida, the weather is perfect for these delicious greens and my hubby recently brought home turnip and collard from a friend’s garden. I decided to prepare them similar to my Southern-Style Collard Greens and they were a hit.

After-all today we are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day and what a green day to remember with a pot of delicious Vegan Southern-Style Mixed Greens, Southern Black Eyed Peas, Smothered Tofu Chicken, Southern Fried Cabbage, Southern Green Beans and Potatoes, Candied Yams, Corn Muffins and Sweet Potato Pie.

Vegan Southern-Style Mixed Greens

The recipe is so easy to prepare and the greens were tender so they didn’t need to cook for long. I love to wash my greens leaf by leaf because here in the South our greens are grown in sandy soil and who loves to eat greens and bite into sand or dirt. I also remove the leaves that are bad and if your greens are attached to the root, you want to cut the leaves off and discard root.I usually fill a large bowl with water and add salt. The salt will take care of the bugs, I’m vegan but I don’t need the added protein, the greens have enough. After I soak the leaves in the salt water, I remove them one by one and clean under running water. I love to remove the tough stem portion of the leaves as well, I basically devein it so all the mid-section is removed. You can use a knife and slice down the middle on either side of the vein to remove or fold it down the middle and rip it off.  I don’t de-vein the turnip greens.

To chop greens, I roll about 5 leaves lengthwise and then cut about 1-inch apart.

Southern-Style Mixed Greens

One thing I do for the collard greens is I  I saute onion, garlic and thyme in olive oil added the chopped greens and liquid smoke, salt, cayenne and cook until tender.The result was so flavorful without meat and I could seriously eat a bowl alone. You can also substitute the liquid smoke for smoked paprika, chipotle pepper, coconut bacon, vegan sausage.



(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 81 kcal / 339 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbs: 9 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 30 min
  • Cooking: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 15 min
  • For:
  • 8 servings



  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, add onion and saute until soft about 3 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook stirring for 1 minutes.
  2. Stir in greens, broth, salt, liquid smoke, cover and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer for 30-45 minutes or until tender.
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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. Nikolai
    September 15, 2019

    This was my first time making braised-style greens. I used turnip greens, because my neighbor gave me some from her garden. I am a vegetarian, and I was concerned that making southern-style greens without meat would be lacking something. That was not the case. These greens were simple to make, and full of flavor. It definitely makes me feel less intimidated about cooking greens again in the future.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 15, 2019

      Nikolai, I’m so happy you tried my recipe and you were happy with the results. I love turnip greens, you are so fortunate to have a kind neighbor. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  2. Dev
    January 21, 2018

    Oh this looks amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 21, 2018

      Thank you Dev, hope you try it!

  3. Denise
    January 21, 2018

    So delicious, thank you

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 21, 2018

      Thank you for your feedback!

  4. philly
    January 19, 2018

    Thank you for the print button..?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 19, 2018

      You are welcome Philly, my web developer did a fantastic job and you are so sweet to let me know!