My Father in Law’s Liberian Collard Greens 

Dark, leafy, collard greens are the star of this dish which takes only a few ingredients to make this stellar meal. Complete with protein, carbs, and healthy fats you won’t be disappointed with the nutritional value either.  Enjoy with a side of rice. 

When I first met Landon, I was excited to learn that my (future) father in law grew up in Liberia for eighteen years. He loves to share his crazy stories, his love for the beach, and his passion for cooking amazing Liberian food.

One of my favorite dishes that dad makes is his Collard Greens. The first time I had these (pretty early on into Landon and my courtship) I fell in love with them. The mixture of the warm collard greens mixed with spices from jalapenos, salt, and tomato, kept me coming back for more.

After having these multiple times at mom and dad Thompson’s, I was more than determined to re-create the recipe. After a couple of failed attempts, I finally re-created the recipe and even got the A+ approval from Landon. Honestly, I still think my father-in-laws are the best, but when I’m craving collard greens, these do the trick.

Liberian Collard Greens (with cabbage)*

1/4 c. Olive oil 

2 bunches Collard Greens (shredded) 

2 c. Shredded cabbage 

2-3 Chicken breasts (pre-cooked and shredded or any other favorite meat)

Large onion (sautéed with meat) 

2 chopped Jalapenos

1 Tbsp. Salt (or to taste)

6 oz. Tomato paste


Heat oil, sauté onion, meat,  jalapenos, and salt together in a large pot. Add collard greens and cabbage and sauté until tender. Once collard greens and cabbage is tender fill large pot with water. (Don’t cover the collard green mixture, just about 1/2 way up the collard mixture.) Simmer for thirty minutes. Add tomato paste once the thirty minutes is up. Cook for 10-15 minutes longer. Serve over brown rice. Enjoy! 

*Note, you can leave the cabbage out so it is only collard greens* 

Just for fun, here is my father-in-law in a video showing you how to make them!

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1. What is your favorite ethnic food?

2. Where did you grow up?

3. If married, what is one of your favorite meals that your in-laws make? If not married, what is your favorite dish that your parents make?