Garlicky Sautéed Greens

Eat your vegetables, they say, and we really try! But it’s so much more enjoyable (and more likely to happen) when they taste good. Enter our go-to sautéed greens recipe that actually makes us crave leafy greens! They’re garlicky, bright, flavorful, nutrient-packed, and come together fast with just 5 ingredients.

Got kale? Chard? Collards? Mustard, turnip, or beet greens? They all work here! This recipe is super versatile and easy enough for weeknights or meal prep. Let’s make greens!

These 1-pan sautéed greens begin with cooking the garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil (or avocado oil) to infuse the oil with savory, subtly spicy flavor. If you’re not into heat, you can leave out the red pepper flakes and these will still be full of flavor!

Next come your greens of choice. We’ve tested this recipe with kale, collard greens, mustard greens, and chard, and they all work beautifully. You’ll just need a little more water if using collard greens because of their lower moisture content.

The remaining essentials for these sautéed greens are salt for overall flavor and lemon juice for brightness. After adding water and covering with a lid, the greens will soften and soak up all the flavors.

We hope you LOVE these sautéed greens. They’re:

Subtly spicy
& SO easy!

Enjoy as a versatile side with nearly any main or other sides. These greens pair especially well with Italian-inspired recipes, including our Easy Penne Arrabbiata, Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta, Easy Pizza Burgers, and Easy Vegan Zucchini Boats.

More Flavorful Greens Recipes

Coconut Bacon Collard Greens (15 minutes!)Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples and DatesSautéed Kale with Lemon, Tahini & Hemp SeedsMustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese & Tahini Dressing

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Garlicky Sautéed Greens

A flavorful, versatile recipe for sautéed greens that can be made with kale, chard, mustard greens, and beyond. Perfect for weeknights or meal prep with just 30 minutes and 5 ingredients required!Author Minimalist Baker Print SAVE SAVED Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 2 (Servings)Course SideCuisine Gluten-Free, VeganFreezer Friendly NoDoes it keep? 3-4 Days

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US Customary – Metric1 Tbsp olive oil (or avocado oil)3-4 large cloves garlic (3-4 cloves yield ~1 ½ Tbsp or 14 g)1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)1 bunch hearty greens of choice, chopped (such as kale, collards, chard, turnip, or mustard greens // 1 bunch yields ~8 cups or 520 g chopped)1/4 tsp sea salt1 Tbsp lemon juice (~1/2 small lemon yields ~1 Tbsp or 15 ml juice)2-8 Tbsp water (or broth)


Add the oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes (optional) to a large rimmed skillet over medium heat. Once lightly sizzling and fragrant, add the greens. Toss to evenly coat the greens in the oil and get the garlic off the bottom of the pan.Once the greens have wilted slightly (1-2 minutes), add the salt and toss to evenly distribute. Add the lemon juice and 2 Tbsp (30 ml) water, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover with a lid. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, then remove the lid and toss.Depending on the type of greens you’re using, they may have released a bit of moisture or they may be dry (we find collard greens are the driest). The greens should be in a very shallow amount of liquid, not submerged or sizzling in a dry pan. Add the remaining water if needed and cover for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed. After 15 minutes, the greens should be fully tender, darker in color, and most of the liquid should have evaporated. Depending on your preferred texture, they may be done at this point or they may need 5-10 more minutes with a bit more water.Serve immediately! Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Not freezer friendly.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with kale and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 100 Carbohydrates: 6.2 g Protein: 2.9 g Fat: 8.1 g Saturated Fat: 1.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.3 g Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 338 mg Potassium: 324 mg Fiber: 3.6 g Sugar: 1.1 g Vitamin A: 4044 IU Vitamin C: 83 mg Calcium: 225 mg Iron: 1.4 mg

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