Southern Flavors: Collard Greens & Naturally Sweetened Iced Tea!

by simplylife on August 14, 2012

Collard Greens.  Not something I typically ever intend on buying at the grocery store.  These leafy greens have somehow slipped my radar for nearly 30 years.  Then, they showed up in my CSA and were vibrant, fragrant and just waiting to be eaten.

I’ve debated even posting this dish as it is so incredibly simple, but that’s exactly why I like it.  Maybe there are readers out there like myself, who have received more collard greens from their CSA than they have even eaten in a lifetime and are looking for easy ways to incorporate them into meals.

I searched around for different recipes and started to learn how flexible these nutritious greens can be.  I saw them in soups, salads, side dishes and simply sauteed on their own.  So I decided to just go my own way and keep it simple.

I sautéed the collard greens in olive oil, topped them with a runny egg, Chanterelle Vanilla Salt, pepper and a generous drizzle of olive oil.  I loved how quickly this came together and how the gentleness of the egg really balanced out the bitter greens.

Now onto another southern flavor that I enjoy: iced tea!…

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nectresse™ Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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So what did I use it for?  I decided to try it by adding one package in a chilled glass of iced green tea!  It added just the right amount of sweetness and made for the perfect refreshing summer drink!

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  • Colleen

    I LOVE simple dishes like this one! I have a slight obsession right now with topping various things (oatmeal, salads, etc.) with eggs. 🙂 This looks fantastic overtop the sauteed collard greens!

  • Joanne @ Eats Well With Others

    I love a simple meal of some veggies and a sunny side up egg. Great use of those collards!

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Simple is perfect – that egg is cooked to perfection and dresses up the greens!

  • Blackswan

    What an interesting way to eat the veg! Lovely, dear!

  • Singerinkitchen

    YUM! Sometimes simple can be so beautiful and delicious. I love making this dish for myself. I am VERY interested in that sweetener. I will definitely be asking for a sample. Thanks!

  • Colleen

    Simple meals like this are the best – especially when there’s a runny egg involved!

  • Bianca Garcia

    I eat very similar meals like that, but with either broccoli, asparagus, or spinach, instead of collard greens. But, I do like collard greens, so I’m glad you reminded me!

  • Erica@mycolombianrecipes

    That egg looks perfect! what a delicious and simple dish!

  • meri

    I am waiting for my sample of nuctresse to come, I’m interested to try it since I like stevia pretty well. Your egg is so perfect!

  • kyleen

    I love deeep green the collard is. And the fried egg on top looks so good!

  • yummychunklet

    This dish looks tasty with the greens!

  • Mom

    Very nice introduction to a substitute for sugar! Ok, I need a video on how you made these eggs so perfect! I’m not kidding, I always overcook them for your sister but am worried to cook them less because I don’t know if it’s safe to eat. This probably doesn’t sound silly to you knowing my background with raw cookie dough, so share some peaceful facts with me one day, will you? The video with Lisa Ling was very nice!

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  • Emily

    I actually adore collard greens. Eating them with a yummy, runny egg sounds incredible!

  • Ranjani

    I actually never buy collards because I don’t know quite what to do with them. This simple dish sounds wonderful! A runny egg makes anything good. Maybe I’ll pick up some collards at the market next week…

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