Recipe By Mama Luvs Papa
Published Jun 19th
Perfect Mixed Greens
Prep 20m Cook 45m Additional 10m Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 12 servings Calories 174.3

A delicious mixture of greens. The washing process is the most important part for these tender, tasty greens. Don’t forget the sugar! If you follow directions exactly, you’ll have the most perfect greens ever!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 bunches collard greens
  • 2 bunches mustard greens
  • 2 bunches turnip greens
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth, divided
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • ½ cup cooked real bacon bits
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Pull the leaf portions of the collard, mustard, and turnip greens away from the tough stems, and discard the stems. Gently wash the greens in warm water to remove all soil and sand. Partially fill a clean sink with warm water, and stir in 3 tablespoons of salt and 2 cups of chicken broth; allow greens to soak in the mixture for 10 minutes. Scoop up the greens and allow to drain in a colander; discard used chicken broth. Do not rinse the greens.
  2. 2 Pour the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth into a large pot, and mix in the greens. Stir in vegetable oil, garlic, bacon bits, and sugar, and season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the greens are tender, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 174.3
  • Carbohydrate 16.6 g
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Fat 10.7 g
  • Fiber 4.7 g
  • Protein 5.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.8 g
  • Sodium 2250.4 mg
  • Sugar 8.9 g


  1. I was unable to cook exactly to the recipe. I didn't have all the ingredients available. But this recipe was the perfect inspiration for my very first attempt. I do not like greens. Never have but after this recipe I have changed my mind. The changes I made were: did not soak greens (only had - Read more ...
  2. I also omitted the sugar in favor of onions that I carmelized in the bacon grease. Instead of boiling, I sautéed using less liquid in a covered pan. All I had was turnip greens and kale, but it worked just fine. Delish, thanks for the recipie and the review comments!
  3. This is my first time to ever fix greens. I received 10 oz. mustard greens 10 oz. turnip greens and not quite 16 oz. collards in my CSA box. I cut this recipe in half and followed the directions...all except for the amount of sugar. I added only 1 T. and it was perfect.
  4. This recipe was great.. I only had turnip greens but they still came out delicious.. Next time I will make sure I have all three types of greens..
  5. Made thee for New Years dinner and they were TERRIFIC - would highly recommend this recipe to all my friends. I only used collards and turnip greens though since I'm not a fan of mustard greens. Also used ham hock instead of bacon bits. My daughter who isn't a fan of greens ate them like - Read more ...
  6. So-so recipe, but I never add sugar. I use smoked turkey wings ( normally just one) for seasoning instead of ham hocks or salt pork. Boil the wings until the meat falls off the bone and all them to the greens to cook. I will add seasoning salt & pepper, some red pepper flakes, and - Read more ...
  7. I agree. I'd never add 1/2 cup sugar. I don't need sweet greens. If I want to bring out the flavor of veggies with sugar, I usually add a very small amount. If I needed it any sweeter than a couple of tsp. would add, then I'd certainly caramalize the onions rather than use sugar. - Read more ...
  8. I used these seasonings on frozen turnip greens. My husband and 5 yr old ate this no questions asked. I will use this again!
  9. I've been making mixed greens for years and have never come across a recipe that calls for sugar. I honestly planned to add the sugar but when push came to shove I couldn't do it. Instead I sweetened greens the way I always have: caramelized onions. I diced one large onion and cooked it in - Read more ...