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5-Minute Collard Greens with Sunflower Seeds
Collard greens are a highly nutritious green rich in calcium and one that is becoming an increasingly popular side dish that complements almost any meal.
5-Minute Collard Greens with Sunflower Seeds Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 1 pound collard greens, chopped
  • Mediterranean Dressing
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 medium clove garlic, chopped or finely pressed
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 TBS sunflower seeds
  • Optional:
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • chopped olives


  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 while they are still hot. (Mediterranean Dressing does not need to be made separately).
  6. Top with sunflower seeds and any/all of optional ingredients if you would like.
Serves 2

To mellow the flavor of garlic, add garlic to collard greens for the last 2 minutes of steaming.

Nutritional Profile

5-Minute Collard Greens with Sunflower Seeds
1.00 serving
(244.59 grams)
Calories: 169


 vitamin K1287%

 vitamin A168%

 vitamin C109%






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5-Minute Collard Greens with Sunflower Seeds
1.00 serving
244.59 grams
Calories: 169

World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin K1158.68 mcg1287136.8excellent
vitamin A1510.94 mcg RAE16817.8excellent
vitamin C81.79 mg10911.6excellent
folate392.19 mcg9810.4excellent
vitamin E7.46 mg (ATE)505.3very good
manganese0.79 mg343.6very good
calcium339.58 mg343.6very good
fiber8.92 g323.4very good
vitamin B60.45 mg262.8good
molybdenum11.34 mcg252.7good
vitamin B20.31 mg242.5good
vitamin B10.28 mg232.5good
copper0.21 mg232.5good
pantothenic acid1.07 mg212.3good
protein7.20 g141.5good
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
excellent DRI/DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%
very good DRI/DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%
good DRI/DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%

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