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Course: Sides & Salads
Keyword: Healthy, Sides, Southern, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Vlad's Very Garlicky Greens

Vlad's Very Garlicky Greens

ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 5 to 7 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 to 6 cups greens, like baby mustard, turnip, or chard, picked and roughly shredded
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • Place a large saute pan over medium heat and then lightly crush 5 garlic cloves. When the pan is hot, add the oil and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the garlic from the oil. At this point, the greens can be quickly sauteed for a mild garlic flavor.
  • If you're looking for something a little stronger, thinly slice 1 additional clove and add it to the pan, stirring constantly (burned garlic is not Good Eats, nor is anything that touches it). Once the slivers turn golden, add the greens and toss to coat with the hot oil. As soon as the greens start to wilt, season with salt and pepper, and plate immediately.
  • If you're looking for even more garlic flavor, finely mince another clove of garlic, and add it to the greens during the last 30 seconds of cooking, tossing the greens to distribute. Keep the pan and the greens moving constantly.
  • Serve as a side dish or toss with pasta and serve as a main course.
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