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Collard Greens with Bacon

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lexi


  • 3 slices smoked nitrate-free bacon diced
  • 1/2 medium onion sliced to 1/4" thick
  • 2 bunches collard greens de-stemmed, washed and chopped (see note)
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch red pepper flakes to taste (optional)


  • Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat and add bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally until crisp, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Lower heat to medium-low and add sliced onion. Cook until beginning to soften, 7 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
  • Return heat to medium heat and add 1/4 of the collard greens and 1 cup chicken stock. Scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan and let the greens cook down a bit until you can fit more in the pan. Continue to add more greens until all are able to fit in the pan.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until the greens are completely wilted down and have changed color to a dark green, about 25 minutes. Add more liquid if it has evaporated before the collards have cooked down.
  • Add coconut sugar and apple cider vinegar and and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated from the pan, about 5 more minutes. Taste and season with red pepper flakes, and salt if needed (though do taste, as the bacon will add quite a salty flavory). Serve immediately.


Collard greens, especially those from the farm, can be really gritty! Make sure to wash well by plunging the greens into a large bowl of cold water and letting them sit for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water by pulling them straight up without disturbing any dirt that fell to the bottom of the bowl.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.2g | Protein: 6.6g | Fat: 6.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 528mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 2.8g