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Perfect Mixed Greens Recipe
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Perfect Mixed Greens

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"A delicious mixture of greens. The washing process is the most important part for these tender, tasty greens. Don't forget the sugar! If you follow directions exactly, you'll have the most perfect greens ever!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Pull the leaf portions of the collard, mustard, and turnip greens away from the tough stems, and discard the stems. Gently wash the greens in warm water to remove all soil and sand. Partially fill a clean sink with warm water, and stir in 3 tablespoons of salt and 2 cups of chicken broth; allow greens to soak in the mixture for 10 minutes. Scoop up the greens and allow to drain in a colander; discard used chicken broth. Do not rinse the greens.
  2. Pour the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth into a large pot, and mix in the greens. Stir in vegetable oil, garlic, bacon bits, and sugar, and season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the greens are tender, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 23, 2011

I've been making mixed greens for years and have never come across a recipe that calls for sugar. I honestly planned to add the sugar, but when push came to shove, I couldn't do it. Instead, I sweetened greens the way I always have: caramelized onions. I diced one large onion and cooked it in olive oil (I didn't have vegetable oil, but olives are veggies, right?). Anyway, I sauteed them over low heat for 25 minutes... until the onions turned lightly brown. Caramelized onions will sweeten anything with a depth that can make you swoon. So okay... I couldn't bring myself to resort to sugar. My tried and true worked just fine. The end result was tasty indeed. I washed and rinsed the greens in broth, as directed but I'm not sure the broth made any difference. I didn't add 2 c. of broth to the pot because covered greens will steam — using the pot's heat — making for denser vitamins and minerals. And the cooking time is a little less without added water or brother (closer to 40 minutes than an hour. I added the garlic toward the end of the cooking to avoid burning it. The bacon bits were a nice addition to my usual recipe (I normally add a small amount of red pepper flakes), so that made for a nice change. I can give it a recommendation to try it (ideally with caramelized onions): mixed greens are so very good for you!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 16, 2011

So-so recipe, but I never add sugar. I use smoked turkey wings ( normally just one) for seasoning instead of ham hocks or salt pork. Boil the wings until the meat falls off the bone and all them to the greens to cook. I will add seasoning salt & pepper, some red pepper flakes, and a dash of garlic powder.


19 Ratings

Jan 02, 2012

Made thee for New Years dinner and they were TERRIFIC - would highly recommend this recipe to all my friends. I only used collards and turnip greens though since I'm not a fan of mustard greens. Also used ham hock instead of bacon bits. My daughter who isn't a fan of greens ate them like crazy and even ate somemore the next day. Even told me to make sure I save this recipe for futue use. And my almost 2 year old grandson couldn't get enough of them. Far cry from the 'mess' I attempted last year - will definetly be making these again.

Feb 29, 2012

This recipe was great.. I only had turnip greens but they still came out delicious.. Next time I will make sure I have all three types of greens..

Oct 29, 2011

I agree. I'd never add 1/2 cup sugar. I don't need sweet greens. If I want to bring out the flavor of veggies with sugar, I usually add a very small amount. If I needed it any sweeter than a couple of tsp. would add, then I'd certainly caramalize the onions rather than use sugar. I don't care for bacon bits, but if I needed pork flavor, I'd fry out 2 - 3" slices of salt pork, fry it, and then put the cooked pieces in my pot of greens; just don't over do the added salt.

Sep 12, 2011

I used these seasonings on frozen turnip greens. My husband and 5 yr old ate this no questions asked. I will use this again!

Aug 20, 2014

I also omitted the sugar in favor of onions that I carmelized in the bacon grease. Instead of boiling, I sautéed using less liquid in a covered pan. All I had was turnip greens and kale, but it worked just fine. Delish, thanks for the recipie and the review comments!

May 30, 2013

Great Just like my Mama's !!!! :)


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  • Calories
  • 174 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 10.7 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 2250 mg
  • 90%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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