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🌿 Healthy Southern-Style Collard Greens Recipe 🌿

Looking for a healthier version of traditional Southern collard greens? Try this delicious recipe made with olive oil and chicken broth. Get the recipe now!

Healthy Southern-Style Collard Greens

You will need:

  • collard greens1 bunch of collard greens
  • olive oil2 tablespoons olive oil
  • chopped onion1 medium onion, chopped
  • minced garlic2 cloves garlic, minced
  • low-sodium chicken broth1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • apple cider vinegar1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepperSalt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by washing the collard greens thoroughly and removing the tough stems.
  2. Chop the greens into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  4. Add the chopped onion to the pot and sauté until it becomes translucent.
  5. Add the minced garlic to the pot and sauté for another minute.
  6. Add the chopped collard greens to the pot and stir until they start to wilt.
  7. Pour in the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  8. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the greens are tender.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary before serving.


This dish is a healthier version of the traditional Southern collard greens, which are typically cooked with bacon or ham hock. The use of olive oil and chicken broth reduces the amount of saturated fat, while still keeping the dish flavorful.

Delight in the taste of the South with our Healthy Southern-Style Collard Greens recipe. This dish is a testament to the fact that Southern cooking can be both delicious and nutritious. By swapping traditional fats with healthier alternatives, we've created a dish that's high on flavor and low on guilt.

Collard greens are a staple in Southern and soul food cooking, known for their rich, earthy flavor and numerous health benefits. This recipe takes a healthier spin on the traditional preparation method, using olive oil and low-sodium chicken broth instead of the usual bacon or ham hock. The result is a dish that's just as hearty and satisfying, but much lighter on your waistline.

Preparing this dish is straightforward, making it a great choice for those new to Southern cooking. If you're a beginner, you might find our guide on essential Southern recipes for new cooks helpful. It includes a variety of dishes that are easy to master and sure to impress.

Pair these collard greens with other Southern favorites like chicken and rice for a complete, balanced meal. Or, serve them as a side dish to your main course for a touch of Southern charm. If you're interested in exploring more green vegetable recipes from the South, check out our Southern green beans recipe.

At Grits N Grace, we believe that Southern cooking is about more than just food. It's about tradition, comfort, and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones. So, whether you're a seasoned Southern cook or just starting your culinary journey, we invite you to bring a bit of Southern hospitality into your home with our Healthy Southern-Style Collard Greens recipe. Enjoy!