Sweet and Sour Greens


Even children will eat these greens! Every time I cook them, someone wants the recipe. Use fresh collard, kale, or mustard greens.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 6 slices bacon, chopped

  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup vinegar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 ½ pounds fresh collard greens, tough stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces


  1. Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes, stirring often. Transfer bacon pieces into a bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pan.

  2. Stir water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper into the bacon drippings until the sugar has dissolved; bring the mixture to a boil. Place collards into the boiling mixture, and stir to mix well. Cover the Dutch oven, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the greens are tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Drizzle in a little more water or vinegar if greens become too dry.

  3. Spoon greens into a serving dish, and sprinkle with the cooked bacon pieces.

Cook's Note

You can substitute frozen whole-leaf spinach or other greens for part or all of the fresh greens. If using all frozen greens, use 2 bags, and reduce the water slightly. To save time, you can use 2 to 3 tablespoons bacon grease and omit bacon on top or sprinkle with real bacon bits from a jar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
10g Fat
21g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 50mg 251%
Calcium 208mg 16%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 284mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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