Garlicky Mixed Greens

Southerners are religious about greens, and everyone has an opinion about their favorite. They’re a staple menu item at every diner, family reunion, and church social.

Seasonal greens of many varieties also happen to be a super food and part of the world food tradition. The health benefits take a slight dip in the southern United States when you cook the greens down with a ham hock for seasoning.

That’s where my Garlicky Mixed Greens take a detour…

The Edible Backyard promotes the benefits of a plant based diet with as much food as possible coming straight to the table from the garden. This is the way I’ve come to love my greens even though it baffles my mother.

Swiss chard, Spinach, and Kale
Swiss chard, Spinach, and Kale

I usually have a mix of greens in my garden year round. In the early spring and beginning of summer, it’s Swiss Chard, spinach, kale, arugula, and a variety of lettuces. Near the end of summer and into the winter months, I plant traditional southern collards, and add more kale, Swiss chard, spinach, and lettuces. As the weather gets cold, I protect them with a mini hoop tunnel that covers them like a greenhouse.

Let’s get started on this super easy recipe. It’s so easy, I’m almost ashamed to post it. But hey, we all need a quick to fix, healthy side dish!

Garlicky Mixed Greens

Serves 4


  • 8-10 cups fresh mixed greens (Spinach, kale, Swiss Chard)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar (a good couple of splashes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  • Wash the greens thoroughly. Drain on a mat or use a salad spinner to remove excess water.
Washed Garden Greens
Washed Garden Greens
  • Chop the greens, as well as the stems of the Swiss chard. I usually stack all the greens and cut them across like 1/2 inch ribbons
  • In a large non-stick saute pan warm olive oil on medium heat, then add chopped garlic and greens.
  • Stir constantly to evenly wilt the greens. That’s all we want to do is wilt them slightly! This only takes a minute or 2!
  • When greens are slightly wilted, splash on the red wine vinegar, stir and remove from heat.
  • Serve immediately.


Hope you enjoy this delicious Garlicky Mixed Greens dish!

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~Haynes Meritt

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