It seems like everyone in the south cook their greens seasoned with some type of meat. So I decided to find a recipe for Vegetarian Southern Collard Greens that taste like grandma made them.  I came across a recipe on Divas Can Cook (she has some awesome recipes) that I gave a try.
I have no regrets….its was a hit!!
Everyone that tried my greens thought it had meat it. The trick is to use smoked salt.
Below is the recipe that can be found on Divas Can Cook but you can visit her website to view the video.


Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • ½ small yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth I only used 2 cups
  • 1 teaspoon applewood smoked salt or any kind of smoked salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs collard greens
  • black pepper
  • hot sauce


  • Coat a large deep skillet or pot with vegetable oil.
  • Saute onions until almost tender over medium heat and then add in garlic.
  • Cook until onion and garlic are fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in vegetable broth.
  • Season broth with smoked salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Make sure it’s to your liking because this is how your greens will taste.
  • Bring to a simmer and reduce heat.
  • Add in the greens. Green will wilt down as they cook.
  • Simmer for 1 hr to 1 hr 30 mins. Do not boil. Add more vegetable broth if needed. May need more or less time so be sure to check them after 30-45 minutes. When done, greens will be dark green, tender and will not have a raw taste.
  • Add in more smoked salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and hot sauce, if desired.
  • Add hot sauce or vinegar if desired.


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