Bacon Collard Greens, served on a white plate, and topped with additional bacon

Bacon Collard Greens

Whether you want to start the new year strong or serve a delicious and simple side dish along with dinner, Bacon Collard Greens are the recipe for you! A nod to Southern lore about greens consumed on New Year's Day bringing money and luck in the new year, this recipe is perfect any time of year. Ready in less than 15 minutes, Bacon Collard Greens are quick, flavorful and a wonderful way to get in some greens!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 137 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate


  • 1 bunch collard greens , washed, trimmed, and cut into ribbons
  • 4 oz. bacon
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice , freshly squeezed


  1. In a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, fry the bacon until it has cooked through (or is as crispy as you like.) Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Leave the bacon fat in the skillet.

  2. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and add the minced garlic. Stir around the skillet with a wooden spoon until well cooked (but not burned!)

  3. Add the collards slowly, piling them into the skillet and stirring until they wilt and continuing the process until the entire bunch is in the skillet. Sauté in the bacon fat until all the collards have wilted down and are bright green.

  4. Remove from the heat, and top with the lemon juice and the cooked bacon crumbles. (I sometimes leave these off, and the collard greens are as delicious with or without the bacon, so it's up to you!)

  5. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Collard Greens
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 196mg 8%
Potassium 166mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 47.7%
Vitamin C 22.9%
Calcium 11.4%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.