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5-Minute Collard Greens

Collard greens are a highly nutritious green rich in calcium that are a great addition to your Healthiest Way of Eating. Long popular in the southern states, you will find out why they are becoming increasingly popular throughout the rest of the U.S.

5-Minute Collard Greens Prep and Cook Time:5 minutes


  • 1 pound collard greens, chopped
  • Mediterranean Dressing
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 medium clove garlic, pressed or chopped
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 TBS sunflower seeds
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced (add to steamers with collard greens)
  • 6 kalamata olives, sliced
  • 3 TBS pumpkin seeds
  • 5 drops soy sauce
  • dash of cayenne pepper


  1. Fill bottom of steamer with 2 inches of water.
  2. While steam is building up, slice collard greens leaves into 1/2-inch slices and cut again crosswise. Cut stems into 1/4-inch slices. Let both leaves and stems sit for at least 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting properties.
  3. Press or chop garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out more of its health-promoting properties.
  4. Steam collard greens for no more than 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a bowl. For more flavor, toss collard greens with the remaining ingredients and any of the optional ingredients you desire while they are still hot. (Mediterranean Dressing does not need to be made separately).
Serves 2

Nutritional Profile

Nutrients in
5-Minute Healthy Steamed Collard Greens
1.00 serving (266.05 grams)

Nutrient%Daily Value

vitamin K1448.1%

vitamin A302.5%

vitamin C146.6%





vitamin E25.7%


vitamin B621%

Calories (256)14%

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5-Minute Healthy Steamed Collard Greens
1.00 serving
266.05 grams
256.32 calories
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin K 1158.49 mcg 1448.1 101.7 excellent
vitamin A 15125.92 IU 302.5 21.2 excellent
vitamin C 88.01 mg 146.7 10.3 excellent
folate 378.56 mcg 94.6 6.6 excellent
manganese 0.68 mg 34.0 2.4 good
calcium 335.36 mg 33.5 2.4 good
fiber 8.29 g 33.2 2.3 good
vitamin E 5.15 mg 25.8 1.8 good
tryptophan 0.07 g 21.9 1.5 good
vitamin B6 0.42 mg 21.0 1.5 good
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
excellent DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10%
very good DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5%
good DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DV>=2.5%

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