Smoky Collard Greens With Chickpeas

collards and chickpeas
Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD
Total Time 25 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 10 min
Yield 4 (3/4 cup each)

Like kale, collards are near the top of the list when it comes to nutrient-rich greens, but many of us have never learned to like them. We've created a recipe that will make you want seconds! Blanching the greens before sautéing reduces some of their bitterness, while bacon and smoked paprika contribute rich flavor. Add some variety to your low-FODMAP vegetable rotation with these greens.


  • 2¼ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 pound collard greens
  • 2 tablespoons garlic-infused olive oil
  • 2 ounces sliced Canadian bacon, finely diced
  • 2/3 cup scallions, green part only
  • 1½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 6 tablespoons water


  1. In a stockpot or Dutch oven, bring 3 quarts of water and 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil.
  2. While water is heating, trim collard greens. Where the rib is more than 1/8-inch thick, trim closely and discard the rib. Stack several leaves together and slice them crosswise into half-inch slices. Wash and drain the leaves, and submerge them in the boiling water. Cook for two minutes, stirring a couple times. Drain the leaves in a colander.
  1. Return the pot to the stove and heat on medium-high. When pan is hot, add garlic-infused oil, swirling the pan to coat it with oil. Add the diced bacon and cook until crisp and brown, about one minute.
  2. Add collards, scallions, ¼ teaspoon of salt, smoked paprika, and pepper. Sauté for two minutes.
  3. Add chickpeas and water. Lower the heat to medium, cover and cook until leaves are tender but slightly chewy, about three minutes.
  4. Remove cover; if any liquid remains, turn heat back up to medium-high and cook with occasional stirring until liquid is evaporated.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Canadian bacon is also known as "back bacon." You can use diced regular bacon, ham, or pancetta instead of Canadian bacon.

To make this recipe vegetarian, omit the bacon and increase the smoked paprika to 2 teaspoons.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Turn this side dish into a filling meal: serve it on top of cooked rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat groats, teff, or millet.

These are all low-FODMAP grains you can enjoy without triggering symptoms.

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