I love greens, all kinds of greens. But collard greens are one of my all time favorites, hands down. I can’t decide if it’s because I’m a huge veggie fanatic or the fact that collards always seem to be stewed in delicious pork fat. Either way, they are fantastic and such a killer keto food. You can eat collard greens on the keto diet without worrying too much about the carb count.
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Collard greens deliver an incredibly tasty alternative to other leafy green vegetables including cabbage, lettuce, kale, and spinach. The kicker? Only 1 gram of net carbs per 100 grams! The bulk of the veggie is fiber, so you can quickly fill up on collard greens without the carb count sneaking up on you. Pair it with bacon or another salty cut of pork, and you’ll be in keto comfort food heaven in no time.
If you're looking for other low carb vegetables to eat on the keto diet, be sure to check out my searchable, sortable keto vegetable guide.
Keto Collard Greens with Bacon & Burst Cherry Tomatoes Recipe
This dish is as easy as they come. You can cook all your ingredients in one pan, so clean up is a breeze too. You’ll need collard greens (obviously), bacon, cherry tomatoes, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, and good ol’ S&P. Fresh or frozen collards are fine. I usually prefer using fresh produce, but I had a few packs of collard greens in my freezer calling my name, and this dish turned out to be the hero of dinnertime all the same. Even my kids went back for seconds, who unfortunately did not inherit my love for vegetables.
Start by cutting the bacon into small strips, about 1cm thick. Throw the bacon in a pan and fry it up until it starts to brown. Toss in the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium heat until the cherry tomatoes explode. F’real. Exploding tomatoes are part of this recipe. The juices from the burst tomatoes will meld together with the other liquids in the pan to form a sauce so tasty you’ll want to drink it. But don’t! Just mix it all to coat your beautiful keto collard greens and enjoy.
What's your favorite low carb vegetable? Let me know in the comments below!
- 3 strips bacon raw
- 1 lb collard greens
- ¼ cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut bacon into 1cm strips and fry over medium heat in large pan until meat begins to brown.
- Add collard greens, cherry tomatoes, chicken broth, and apple cider vinegar. Stir gently over medium heat until cherry tomatoes burst, about 6-8 minutes.
- Remove from heat and mix ingredients well.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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This looks super tasty - love the addition of bacon!
Love the vibrant colours in this dish... it looks just so yum!
I need to give collard greens another try. It's been years. This makes them look delicious.
I need more greens in my diet and this recipe looks like a very tasty way to do it. 🙂
Kim | Low Carb Maven says
I love collard greens, and for all of the reasons you have listed above. To pair them with tomatoes is perfect. Just love this. Thanks.
Maya | Wholesome Yum says
One of my favorite parts of eating raw cherry tomatoes is when you bite into one and they explode with flavor in your mouth. I can imagine the amazing flavor they must create in this dish! Yum!
Thanks for the recipe. I'd never cooked collard greens before and couldn't decide on a recipe, so I blended the two that looked best. I ended up using your recipe, substituting balsamic vinegar for the cider vinegar (because that's what I had). I modified by sauteing chopped onion and garlic, and a few red pepper flakes, along with the chopped bacon.
It was absolutely delicious. I cooked it for about twenty minutes because the greens seemed rather tough, adding the tomatoes (smallish regular size because I didn't have any cherry tomatoes) after ten minutes. The greens still had some bite. My husband said he would have preferred it if I'd cooked it at least twice as long, but he's not going to get his wish in future as I think it was just perfect as it was.
Made this for Thanksgiving dinner, delicious, everyone loved the dish.
Tasha Metcalf says
Awesome! Glad it was a hit!
Is a serving size 1/2 cup (cooked)?
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