You all probably know by now that I love collard greens. They’re one of my favorite greens to use when cooking because their flavor profile seems to take better to other flavors. I don’t like overly bitter tastes and sometimes greens like mustard greens or dandelion greens can create that super bitter flavor in a dish; I’d much rather combine collard greens with flavors I like to consume – like roasted garlic, some ham or pork product, or a nice fig balsamic.

Vegetarian Roasted Garlic Greens |

Another added bonus is that collards greens are just full of all kinds of good-for-you vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, B, C, K, and iron just to name a few; check out this chart with more info if you’re interested). I know one of the biggest food crazes right now is kale, but in my opinion you can only eat so much of something before you get tired of it – and why limit yourself when there are so many other leafy green vegetables out there that have very similar health benefits but different flavors and textures to enjoy? Put a little variety into your healthy diet!

Vegetarian Roasted Garlic Greens |

For this batch of collard greens, I knew I was going to use them on the Heinzelmännchen burger which already has two pretty heavy meats on it, so I decided on a vegetarian version. I’m always in flavor of showing the diversity of foods and with collard greens, you usually see a recipe with a bit of ham hock or pork belly, so I wanted to show that you can have a flavorful dish of collard greens that are vegetarian too.

NOTE: I used honey in this batch, but if you want to swap that out for something like agave nectar, these greens will be vegan too!

Vegetarian Roasted Garlic Greens (with an easy switch to be vegan!) |

Now, despite what I said about bitter flavor earlier, I didn’t want super sweet or vinegary greens for this dish because I wanted a contrast; the Southern Comfort sweet tea BBQ sauce recipe had a lot of sweet, so I utilized some bitter mustard greens to balance out the burger. As you probably guessed by the name, I also used the homemade roasted garlic paste from Monday’s post as well to give the greens an extra dimension of flavor.

recipe13 green onions, sliced
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1 medium bunch of mustard greens, chopped
1 medium bunch of collard greens, chopped
3 Tbsp roasted garlic paste
12-16 oz beer (I’d recommend a light ale or lager)
1/8 tsp chili sea salt
4 tsp white vinegar
2 Tbsp honey  (sub. agave if you’re going vegan)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp Texas Pete
Sea salt (to taste)

Vegetarian Roasted Garlic Greens |
Enjoyed a little Buffalo Trace and soda while making this Bison dish; rather fitting, don’t you think?

First, sauté the onions in oil over medium heat until translucent. Add your greens and the remaining ingredients and simmer (still over medium heat) for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. You want greens that have a bite to them, but not too tough, so don’t be afraid to give them a taste for tenderness closer to the end of the cooking time. Enjoy!



  1. I think I would like to try this one! BEER and Greens sounds like a party to me… maybe some bacon? 😉 All Greens are awesome for you, kale is great for you, but it is overplayed and it is seen as a “health food” and that sucks all the fun out of it!

    Questions- What is Texas Pete and can you sub some chilli in if you don’t have chilli salt?

    I wonder if you can infuse you own salt?!

    1. Hey Sophia, definitely a fan of bacon in greens too. Really liked the extra hint of flavor from using beer in this one versus the last set of greens I posted on here.

      Texas Pete is a hot sauce that is more popular down South than up here; we used it a lot when we were in Asheville and were lucky enough to stumble across it once in Ohio. A good substitute though would be Frank’s Red Hot or your favorite hot sauce.

      You can definitely substitute some chili or ancho flakes if you don’t have a chili salt (you just might have to change your ratio since that’ll be straight heat); but like you said, it would be super easy to make your own chili salt infusion! They’re fun to do and simpler than people realize.

      1. This is EXCELLENT info! I will sponge knowledge from your chef brain! Wow I never heard of Texas Pete, maybe when I go to Texas someday I will smuggle some back! LMAO! I LOVE this though, great healthy beer month recipe!

      2. Hey, anytime! Don’t be afraid to ask, I’m always more than happy to help if I can. And ironically, Texas Pete is manufactured in North Carolina, not Texas — go figure right?

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