Marinated Collard Green Salad

Posted on Feb 3 2011 - 3:18am by Mike Lieberman

Collard greens are one of my favorite greens to eat. Most people usually cook them and couldn’t imagine eating them raw.

I’ve found a way that you can enjoy this hearty green in it’s raw and pristine state by massaging it down and marinating it. You would swear that it’s been cooked.

    What you’ll need:

  • One bunch of collard greens
  • One lemon or a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • A few slices of onion
  • Dash of sea salt
  • One clove of garlic
  • Teaspoon of raw honey
  • Teaspoon of olive oil
  • Dash of paprika
    How to make:

  • First make the marinade by dicing up the onions and putting into a small bowl or container
  • Squeeze the entire lemon over the onions or cover with apple cider vinegar
  • Chop up the garlic clove and add to onions
  • Let it sit on the side for the onions to soak in the lemon
  • Cut up your collards by placing the leaves on top of each other
  • Roll them up tightly and cut across into ribbons
  • Place into salad bowl and sprinkle with sea salt
  • Massage down the collards by hand
  • They should start to wilt down
  • Put bowl on side and finish of marinade
  • Add few drops of olive oil to the marinade
  • Also add your honey and mix or shake well
  • Pour marinade over the collards and work it in
  • Sprinkle on paprika
  • The collards will start to have a sauteed like texture
  • You can either eat the salad as is, let it sit to marinate or put in fridge to eat later

The longer you let this dish sit, the stronger the flavors become.


25 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kate February 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm -

    I am so making this for dinner tonight. Thanks Mike for inspiring us to be a little more healthy!

  2. North100 February 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm -

    This looks fantastic. Will have to try it. Thanks! PS – Have you ever tried this with Swiss Chard?

  3. Mike Lieberman February 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm -

    Lemme know how you and the kids likes.

  4. Mike Lieberman February 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm -

    Never have, but have been meaning to.

  5. Manure Tea Gardening February 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm -

    Thank you for the share I’m going to give this a try, I love my greens this will be a refreshing way to serve them up come summer too : ) Annie

  6. Mike Lieberman February 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm -

    Let me know what you think when you make it.

  7. Meemsnyc February 4, 2011 at 6:01 am -

    I’ve never eaten this raw before!!

  8. DLWilsonsWorld February 4, 2011 at 6:30 am -

    This looks awesome…mmmmm! I love collards, no matter how they’re made! I put them raw in my blender, with vegan vanilla protein powder almost daily. They are sooo packed with vitamins & nutrient dense. I can’t WAIT to try your wonderful recipe!

  9. Mike Lieberman February 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm -

    Well get to it!

  10. Mike Lieberman February 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm -

    I’ve never put them in a green smoothie yet. Will have to give that a try.

  11. Rootsandwingsco February 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm -

    I will have to try this, thanks!


  12. Mike Lieberman February 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm -

    Let me know what you thinks.

  13. fer February 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm -

    good recipe, thanks for sharing

  14. Eattheyard February 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm -

    I’ve never tried growing/cooking with collard greens, but they’re supposed to be hardy and hearty. Maybe we’ll add them to our kitchen garden next season.

    Thanks for the tips.

  15. Brian February 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm -

    Those are some good looking collards. I was introduced to them when I moved to Tennessee after college graduation. I now eat them regularly and grow my own in the backyard. For all the aspiring gardeners that may be reading this, collard greens are easy and a good place to start your gardening journey. I love me some collard greens!

    Brian @

  16. Mike Lieberman February 7, 2011 at 6:58 am -

    Yes Brian, definitely love the collards. Enjoy them much more this way or using them as wraps.

    I appreciate the comment and insight, but there is no need to drop your link in the comment. You can link your name to your site.

    Thanks again for your comment and advice.

  17. Mike Lieberman February 7, 2011 at 6:58 am -

    Definitely recommend giving them a try. Lemme know what you think.

  18. Linprince February 11, 2011 at 3:29 am -

    Donna, This sounds delicious! Loved my grandmothers Collard Greens so am going to try this.

  19. Mike Lieberman February 11, 2011 at 4:44 am -


  20. Muthermcree April 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm -

    Yummy! Love raw greens. Raw Kale is BIG favorite of mine. I eat it all summer long…

    p.s. Nice nod to Run DMC

  21. Mike Lieberman April 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm -

    Gotta love the kale.

  22. Alyssa Rimmer February 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm -

    I made this for lunch tossed with some cooked millet and toasted pepitas. It was perfect! Such a great way to enjoy collards 🙂

  23. Mike Lieberman February 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm -

    No quinoa?!!? I need to start messing with millet and amaranth some more.

  24. Lara Morris December 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm -

    I love this recipe. I like to add carrots to mine, super yummy! thanks for sharing.

  25. Lorraine May 4, 2013 at 5:14 am -

    This is delicious! I love eating raw food and this recipe is mild and refreshing! Thank you!

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