A red bowl filled with greens on top of a table
November 14, 2023
A red bowl filled with greens on top of a table

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Cruciferous vegetables & dark leafy greens, Olive Oil, Onions

Serves: 4

A fresh take on this Southern favorite will give you an antioxidant boost for your brain.

If you like things spicy, add a few hot pepper flakes with the lemon juice.


  • 2 pounds collard greens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots or 1/2 red onion, chopped finely
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Remove stems and tough center ribs from greens and rinse well to remove dirt. Stack leaves and cut into 1-inch wide strips.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add collard greens and cook 15-20 minutes. Drain well on paper towels.
  3. Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add shallots or onion, greens, and lemon zest. Season with salt to taste. Cook 5-7 minutes, tossing frequently.
  4. Remove from pan and squeeze lemon juice over. Taste and add more salt if necessary.