Dr. Jessica B. Harris
Journalist, Lecturer, Professor & Expert on Food and Foodways of the African Diaspora
Brooklyn, New York

Brazilian Greens

This simple, fresh recipe for Brazilian Greens is the perfect complement to any healthy meal. Serve them as is, or kick up the flavor by topping them with your favorite hot sauce.

Serves 4


  • 2 pounds fresh young collard greens
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon water


Wash the collard greens thoroughly and bunch them together. Take each bunch, roll it tightly, and cut it crosswise into thin strips.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat, then cook the garlic, stirring until it is slightly browned. Add the collard strips and cook, stirring constantly for five minutes until the greens are soft but retain their bright green color. Add a tablespoon of water, cover, lower the heat and continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Serve hot with the hot sauce of your choice.