Brazilian Collard Greens Recipe: This Simple Side Dish Recipe From Brazil Cooks in 5 Minutes by Donna John

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Brazilian Collard Greens Recipe: This Simple Side Dish Recipe From Brazil Cooks in 5 Minutes

Crisp and garlicy, this Brazilian collard greens recipe is nothing like the tender, cook-for-hours collard greens eaten in the south. These collard greens are bright, crunchy and are often eaten with feijoada in Brazil.

With only four simple ingredients and a quick cooking time (about five minutes!), this is one side dish recipe you need to try. It's a refreshing side dish for chicken, beef, seafood, lamb and pork.

Cuisine: Brazilian 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 large bunch fresh collard greens, washed and dried with paper towels
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 - 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • coarse salt, to taste

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Remove the tough center stem from each collard green leaf. Stack the leaves together, then fold the leaves in half and roll into a tight cylinder. Cut the leaves into very thin strips. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the collard greens and cook until wilted but crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Season with coarse salt, to taste. 

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Elisa Schmitz
How interesting, Donna John . I have not had a lot of collard greens, and didn't realize it was a Brazilian thing (thought it was mostly in the southern US). Love the Latin flair!
This is so fun and flavorful. 😍

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