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Southern Collard Greens Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs

This Southern Collard Greens recipe is a classic easy side dish! Flavored with smoky bacon and sweet onion, the greens are a crowd-pleasing option for your next Sunday supper or holiday meal.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: collard greens recipe, collard greens with bacon, easy side dish recipe
Servings: 6 - 8 people
Calories: 174 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 8 ounces Hickory Smoked bacon diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic
  • 48 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 lbs. fresh collard greens trimmed and washed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Optional garnish: crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce
  1. Cook bacon in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until almost crisp. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Add broth, collard greens, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer (uncovered) over low heat for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally (or until collards reach desired level of tenderness).
Recipe Notes
  • Buy pre-washed and pre-chopped collard greens for a shortcut. If you choose to wash and trim your own greens, be sure that you rinse them really well to get out any sand or sediment in the leaves.
  • Use pork, turkey, or smoky ham to flavor the greens instead of the bacon.
  • Give the greens even more smoky flavor by adding a dash of smoked paprika to the broth.
  • For a spicy "kick," garnish the greens with crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
  • Prep ahead! You can make these collard greens at least 1-2 days in advance. Keep them in the refrigerator and just reheat over low heat on the stovetop when you're ready to serve them!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living

Nutrition Facts
Southern Collard Greens Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /8 of the recipe)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 975mg42%
Potassium 459mg13%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 5700IU114%
Vitamin C 53.5mg65%
Calcium 281mg28%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.