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A white bowl of paleo collard greens with bits of bacon on a blue and white towel.
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Southern Style Collard Greens

This is the last recipe for collard greens that you will ever need. These southern-style collard greens are cooked with bacon, onions, and garlic and couldn't be more delicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: collards, greens, paleo, southern
Servings: 8 1 cup servings
Calories: 192kcal



  • First, heat a large pot over medium heat while you dice up your onion, bacon, and garlic.
  • When your pot is hot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  • When your olive oil is hot, add your diced bacon. Once the bacon is a little crispy on the edges but not totally cooked, add your diced onions.
  • Saute your onion and bacon until the onion is translucent, then add your garlic and saute until the garlic is fragrant - about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add your collard greens and stir until they are no longer frozen. If you are using fresh greens, saute until they are soft but not fully cooked.
  • Now, add your stock and mix well to combine.
  • Then add all of your spices (including the coconut sugar) and your apple cider vinegar.
  • Bring everything to a boil, and once your broth is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer over low heat. Simmer covered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally as needed.
  • After 45 minutes, uncover and serve. The greens will no longer be bright green and they will be really soft. There will still be broth and it will be delicious.
  • Finish your greens with a little pepper vinegar and salt and pepper.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 826mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5746IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 1mg