Quick Southern-Style Collard Greens

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Weight Watchers Recipe
Ratings (157)
2PointsPlus Value
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 21 min
Other time: 0 min
Serves: 4
Collard greens usually simmer in water for an hour. We dramatically reduced the time by removing the tough center stem and cutting the greens into thin strips.
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  • 3 slice(s) uncooked reduced fat bacon, cut into 1/2-inch wide pieces   
  •   3/4 cup(s) uncooked onion(s), chopped   
  • 2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), sliced   
  •   1 pound(s) uncooked collard greens, washed well, center stems removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch wide strips (about 8 cups)   
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) water   
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar   
  • 1/2 tsp table salt   
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce, (or more to taste)   


  • Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to sizzle and release some of its fat, about 1 minute.

  • Add onions to pot; stir and cover for 30 seconds. Decrease heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until onions are light golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add collard greens to pot and increase heat to high; cook, stirring, until greens wilt, about 2 minutes.

  • Add water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and stir in vinegar, salt and hot sauce. Serve extra hot pepper sauce on the side if desired. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.


  • For optimal flavor and texture, select bunches of collard greens with smaller leaves — they're younger and more tender.


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