Sauteed Collard Greens with Bacon

Collard greens sliced thin sauteed with bacon, garlic and oil. A perfect side dish for Brazilian black beans or black eyed peas with ham.

My dad lived in Brazil for many years, and collard greens known as couve are a popular side dish there. I absolutely love them prepared this way, if you are a vegetarian, you can leave the bacon out. Still delicious!

It’s a good idea to include collard greens in your diet on a regular basis because of their ability to lower cholesterol and their cancer-preventive properties. Personally, I just eat them because I like them, so having the added health benefits is a bonus.

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Sauteed Collard Greens with Bacon


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 slice bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch collard greens, washed and dried
  • salt


  1. Remove the tough stems that run down the center of the leaf.
  2. Stack a few leaves, roll and slice into thin strips.
  3. In a large saute pan, heat bacon on low heat.
  4. When bacon fat melts, add oil and garlic, saute until golden, about a minute.
  5. Add chopped collards to the pan, season with salt and cover.
  6. Simmer covered until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings , Serving Size: 1/4th

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 1
  • Points +: 2
  • Calories: 72.9 calories
  • Total Fat: 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6.8g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Sugar: g
  • Protein: 3.1g
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