Garlicky Sautéed Greens

How would you rate this recipe?
Would you make this recipe again?
What skill level is this recipe?


  • 2 bunches leafy greens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


For greens with tough stems, such as kale, collards, or chard, remove leaves from stems before washing. Wash greens carefully. An easy way to do this is to fill a sink with cold water and submerge the greens. If the water has sediment, drain the sink and repeat. Chop leaves into bite-size pieces.

Pour oil into a large skillet. Crush garlic directly into oil; add pepper flakes. Place pan over medium heat. Stir garlic occasionally as pan warms.

When garlic begins to soften and turn translucent (before it browns), add greens. Toss to coat with oil. Sauté briefly over medium heat until leaves begin to turn brilliant green. Cover pan tightly and lower heat. Cook until leaves are tender, 2 to 10 minutes.

PCC Member Card Illustration

Don’t Just Shop Your Values. Own Them.

When you’re a PCC member, your voice and your groceries go further — every purchase you make supports our community. Join our co-op today for a one-time fee of $60 and enjoy a lifetime of benefits, including exclusive offers and events, partner discounts with local businesses and more.

Become a member