Vegan Collard Greens

Easy Vegan Collard Greens

If you live in the south, collard greens are definitely a staple. Especially in the black community! You can’t go to any “soul food” or “southern” restaurant without them being on the menu. And if by chance they’re not on the menu…RUN!

Vegan Collard Greens

The problem with most traditional collard green recipes is that they typically involve the addition of meat. It’s not uncommon for recipes to include a smoked turkey leg for a little added flavor. Well, obviously that’s not gonna fly around here! Lucky for us, there are other ways to make tasty greens without animal products.

How to Make Vegan Collard Greens

Making collard greens is actually pretty simple. Especially these days. Whenever I make greens (typically only for the holidays), I buy them pre-washed and chopped. Washing greens isn’t exactly on my list of favorite things to do. Collards are one of those veggies you have to wash thoroughly, so you definitely don’t wanna cut corners when doing so. Buying pre-washed and chopped greens really help speed up the process and cut down on your prep time.

Vegan Collard Greens

The only other prep you’ll need to do for this recipe is dicing the onions, which shouldn’t take much time at all. The minced garlic and onion will provide the greens with a nice base of flavor. The seasonings used in this recipe are really simple, but also help to add a bold flavor to these easy vegan collard greens. You probably already have all of them!

Vegan Collard Greens

Once all of the ingredients are combined, you’ll want the greens to simmer over a low heat for a period of time. In the recipe below, I’ve noted the cook time as 1 hour and 30 minutes, but you can definitely let them simmer longer if desired. This part is completely up to you and based on your preference. Like most veggies, if you let them cook for too long the nutritional value is greatly reduced.

Whenever I made collard greens I pair it with a bunch of other holiday fixings, but if I want a quick plate, I love collards, mashed potatoes and cornbread together. Something about that combination really does it for me. Especially when they’re leftovers. Is it just me, or do some things just taste better the next day? That’s definitely the case for these Easy Vegan Collard Greens. Once all the flavors set in overnight, they taste even better!

Vegan Collard Greens

I made these Easy Vegan Collard Greens for Thanksgiving this year and it was a hit! Wanna know my favorite part? I cooked them in advance because not only do they taste better, but it helps save time for things that actually have to be cooked on the day of. I don’t know about you, but preparing holiday meals can be a bit much at times. So if there’s anything that can be made ahead of time, I’m on it!

Hungry yet? Go ahead and give these Easy Vegan Collard Greens a try. I know you’ll love them! Let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

Vegan Collard Greens

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5 from 10 votes

Easy Vegan Collard Greens

Easy Vegan Collard Greens made completely meat free!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Collard Greens, Collards, Greens
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 37 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 lb collard greens and large veins removed
  • ½ heaping cup of diced white onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2-2¼ cups vegetable broth
  • tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp sugar


  • In a large pot, saute minced garlic and diced onions in olive oil until fragrant over medium-low heat.
  • Stir in the collard greens along with the vegetable broth and bring to a low simmer.
  • Stir in all seasonings and liquid smoke. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce to a low simmer, stirring occasionally. Let cook for at least 1 hour (or more according to your preference).
  • When finished, remove from the heat serve immediately. Enjoy!


  1. Tracy Briscoe

    5 stars
    I absolutely love collard greens and was a little Leary about vegan greens. BUT to my surprise this recipe may be my ALL TIME FAVORITE. I was so surprised at how flavorful they were and I even let my friend (who is a chef) try them and she could not believe how good they are. I cannot wait to make these for my family. Thank you so much for your creations. They are top notch.

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  3. 5 stars
    This is the first time I’ve made collard greens. This recipe is so simple and the end result was absolutely delicious. I plan on making these again and again, my family loves them. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    OMG, THESE GREENS WERE SOOOOOO GOOD! I doubled this recipe with the intention of eating half and freezing the rest. I ended up eating the whole batch throughout the week! This was my third attempt at vegan greens but this was the first success and my new go-to recipe. Thank you so much, Desiree!

  5. Is it okay to use prepackaged greens

  6. Charlotte

    5 stars
    This is the first time that I’ve made perfect greens! I always used to struggle but this recipe made it so easy. They came out awesome! That liquid smoke is a game changer for sure!

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  10. 5 stars
    I just made these collards with dinner tonight and they were FAB! So easy to make and insanely flavorful. I already know I’ll be making this recipe again and again!

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  12. O.M.G. So I made these greens (along with your macaroni and cheese) last night for Sunday and GIRL!! My fiancé and I loved every single bite. I always make vegan collard greens, but you put me on with the liquid smoke. A total game changer! I can’t wait to try your other recipes. Please tell me you have a cookbook coming soon!

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  14. nancy a davis

    5 stars
    I loved your recipe!

  15. Sintia Stewart

    My husband is going to love these!! Never used liquid smoke should I use hickory or mesquite? Help!

  16. If I were to want to simmer it for a few more hours, do you think the vegetable broth volume listed here would still be enough? Or would I probably want to add a bit more?

    Thank you!

    • Hey Brent, if I had to guess I’d say you’d probably need to add a little more broth. I’d just keep an eye on it and adjust as needed.

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