Raw Collard Green Salad (and a New Look)
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Raw Collard Green Salad // Choosing Raw


Thank you, everyone, for bearing with me as this blog went through a little makeover. I hope you’re into the new look, which is all thanks to the wonderful work of Erin and Melissa at Wooden Spoons Kitchen. Hopefully you’ll now find that my recipes are much easier to browse, that my nutrition counseling services are easier to locate, and that CR on the whole has been given a breath of fresh air. I hope you’ll also note that Green Recovery stories are now featured much more prominently on the blog–as they should be.

While you get used to the new look, I’m sharing one of the recipes that I mentioned when I wrote my review of From the Farmer, a weekly farm-to-consumer delivery company in the D.C. area. I mentioned that using From the Farmer had encouraged me to work with vegetables I don’t usually buy too often, and to try new preparation methods with vegetables I already love.

raw collards

 I love collard greens plenty, but I usually love them in raw wraps or in green smoothies. Sometimes I sautee them, but other than that, I don’t use them as often as I do kale or spinach. Having a giant bunch of them last week was impetus to try something new. I got a lot of great suggestions on Twitter (my favorite was Hannah‘s: cook them low and slow with tamari and coconut milk), but in the end, muggy temperatures and laziness compelled me to do what I do best: salad.

Raw Collard Green Salad // Choosing Raw

This was my first raw collard salad, and I think it was a success. I was surprised at how not-bitter it was, at how tender the collard leaves got after I massaged them, and how nicely the leftovers kept. They’re especially good if you throw a handful into another salad, or serve them atop avocado toast.

raw collard green salad
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Raw Collard Green Salad

Author - Gena Hamshaw
Yields: 2 large or 4 small servings


  • 1 medium bunch collard greens stems removed, leaves rolled up and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or your favorite oil for salads
  • 1 tablespoon champagne or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Healthy dash sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup radishes sliced very thinly
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds


  • 1. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • 2. Massage the dressing into the collard leaves, using strong hands and taking your time. Collards should become soft and well coated with the dressing.
  • 3. Toss the collards with the radishes and sunflower seeds. Serve.

Raw Collard Green Salad // Choosing Raw

This makes for a great summer side dish, but if you’re looking to make something more substantial, you can mix half of the salad with some cooked green lentils, some brown rice, or some toasted chickpeas.

On that note, enjoy the new look, and happy weekend! I’ll be checking back in with weekend reading.


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Categories: Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Raw, Soy Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: 30 Minute or Less, Quick & Easy

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  1. Love the new look! I love the colors and font 🙂 Just a fyi, I usually use internet explorer to view your page. Now I have to use FireFox to view it. It would not load properly on internet explorer. No big deal though! I’ll use whatever I can to view your site 🙂

  2. The new site is gorgeous!! Love the design, feels bright and airy and healthy and delicious. Congrats!!!

  3. Just like the new look of you gorgeous website, this salad is so fresh looking and vibrant! It’s going to take some getting used to (the website) and I’m unsure of eating collards raw, I too have found it bitter, but I’m open to change! xo

  4. Oh my gosh, Gena, I love the new look! The gals at Wooden Spoons are just amazing. Your new site is stunning and I love the words “honest” and “nourishing” right at the top- so perfect for you. xx

  5. The site looks beautiful, Gena! “Honest” and “nourishing” are two perfect descriptions of your blog.

  6. I love, love, love the new look! Seriously. I think you had the same blog layout since I first started following you years ago! This pretty, delicate look definitely suits your personality better than the last. Also, this salad kind of matches…was that intentional? Heh. Looking forward to weekend reading, as always! 🙂

  7. I love the new look! It suits the blog so well 🙂 and so lovely to see you embrace Green Recovery as a mojor part of the blog rather than a side project!
    I don’t get collards (spring greens over here) in a bunch, or kale for that matter, do you have a rough idea how many cups/grams your bunch was?

    • Ugh, why don’t I know this? I am gonna go with 4 cups *after* I prepped the collards. This is a good reminder to start using more precise measurements 🙂

  8. It’s beautiful, Gena. Vibrant, classy, not frou-frou, elegant, pretty yet with intent. Just like you.

  9. Your site looks beautiful! It’s got a soft and pleasant vibe. The color scheme matches this delicious looking salad too.

  10. Looks gorgeous Gena! Love the pink and green and the vegetable-y header!
    Totally agree that it’s great that the Green Recovery series is more prominent too.

  11. I’m pretty sure the new design is breathtaking, but the mobile version (Android) is doing something heinous with the menu that makes reading something less than breezy. Otherwise, I can’t wait to get back to a desktop to check it out, b/c again, lovely looking.

  12. Great new look! Love new ways to eat collards. I only know the “southern” way to cook them, so this is a great start to summer school boxed lunches! Thank you!

  13. Love the new look, Gena! I found myself checking back obsessively yesterday because I was so excited to see the new layout. Plus, this recipe looks terrific! I think I’ve been convinced to pick up some collards from the store today… 🙂

  14. Gena, it was cruel of you to publish this post before your update was finished! I saw it in my rss feed yesterday and was so disappointed that redesigned recipe page wasn’t up yet. Your new layout looks great!

  15. Love the new look, and loving From The Farmer!! I got my first basket this morning….and I’ll be making up this salad with the collard greens from this order I think. Spectacular service and I can’t thank you enough for giving us the heads up about it 😉 I even pass by their shop several times a week so it will be funny having stuff delivered but hey, we got a spend our money somewhere right? Why not on good food and great service?
    Have a great weekend. Can’t wait to see the new book ♥

  16. Oh, how fabulous CR is looking…the whole vibe captures your brand essence beautifully! Terrific job, Gena and creative team, Erin and Melissa. I also want to remark that I especially appreciate the easy on one’s eyes font – what a rare treat. Happy weekend, dear!

  17. Tremendous things here. I’m very satisfied to see your article.
    Thanks so much and I’m having a look ahead to touch you.
    Will you please drop me a mail?

  18. I love the new look 🙂 Really fresh and beautiful – perfect for your site!

  19. yay i LOVE it! also prob because i have a similar color palette on my blog haha. the little illustrations are adorable too, nicely done!