This is a very healthy and easy Collard Greens Recipe ! It has minimal ingredients and can be prepared within 20 minutes! All you need are 1-2 bunches of collard greens, little bit of olive oil and the juice of one lemon. If you prefer, you can purchase pre-washed, pre-packaged Collard Greens. This will speed up your prep time and not have to fuss with all the washing and cleaning. This side dish is eaten cold so its perfect for summer nights and it goes great with beef, chicken or pork dishes!
1) Wash and chop the Collard Greens. Make sure to remove the thick stem. If you are using pre-washed, pre-packaged Collard Greens, just make sure to run them under water to remove any dirt, just in case.
2) In a large stock pot, bring water to a boil. Add the greens for about 10 minutes.
3) Drain in a colander and then run cold water over the greens to stop the cooking process. Running cold water on the greens will also immediately cool them and allow you to prepare to serve without having down time for waiting for them to cool.
Collard greens can be used in a variety of ways, depending on whether you are purchasing them in bushels or pre-packaged. I usually purchase them pre-washed and pre-packaged to save on prep time and easy use for other dishes. In addition to the recipe above, you can add collard greens to soups, salads and smoothies. If you have a juicer, you can also juice them. If you are going to use them for smoothies or juicing, I would suggest to pair the collard greens with sweeter veggies such as carrots as non-cooked collard greens are bitter. If you are using collard greens in bushels, there are a variety of raw food recipes on the web on how to make collard greens wraps.
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