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! These Easy Vegan Collard Greens are everything you’ve been wanting in a traditional batch of greens. Tender, smoky and flavorful!
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.
These collard greens are made WITHOUT the addition of chicken broth and smoked meat, yet are still filled with southern flavorful and delicious.
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.
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!
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.
How to Cook Collard Greens Without Meat
The key to making these easy vegan collard greens without meat is my secret weapon… LIQUID SMOKE! This stuff is amazing! It’s truly a game-changer when it comes to giving your collard greens that extra something if you’re not adding meat.
If you’re new to making meat-less collard greens, you might be surprised to find that the process to cook them is a lot similar to cooking them with meat (just without the meat of course).
In my opinion, it’s actually much easier because there’s not that added component, just simple veggies and seasonings cooked up together to make for an amazing side dish.
You’ll start by sautéing your garlic and onion, then simply adding the remaining ingredients. The fresh chopped collard greens, oil, seasonings (including your liquid smoke), and vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and allow to cook on low for at least an hour.
Next thing you know, your delicious, easy vegan collard greens are ready to enjoy!
What to Pair with Easy Vegan Collard Greens:
Whenever I make 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!
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!
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- Easy Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese
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- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu
- Easy Vegan Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
- Southern Black-Eyed Peas
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!
Easy Vegan Collard Greens
- 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!