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Braised Southern Greens in oval serving bowl with serving spoon on light blue background.

Easy Braised Southern Greens Recipe

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Eating your leafy greens has never been more delicious--or easy! Bacon adds an extra punch of flavor to the turnip and mustard greens in Easy Braised Southern Greens that is both healthy and comforting!
Course Side Dishes - Vegetables
Cuisine American, Southern
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4
Calories 180


  • 6 slices bacon turkey, pork or beef, sliced into small pieces
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large bunch turnip greens washed, tough stems removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large bunch mustard greens washed, tough stems removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons white vinegar or to taste
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Place bacon in a Dutch oven or other heavy pot. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly browned and crisp.
  • Tip the pot and remove all but 1 tablespoon oil from the Dutch oven.
  • Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add greens by the handful, waiting in between each addition until the greens wilt.
  • Cover with the lid slightly ajar and cook 20-25 minutes or until greens are tender.
  • Add vinegar, tabasco and season to taste with salt and black pepper.


SUBSTITUTIONS:  You can substitute collards, kale or Swiss chard for the turnip and mustard greens.
MAKE AHEAD:  The greens can be made 1-2 days ahead of time.  Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Cool thoroughly and freeze in portions as desired.  Thaw in the refrigerator or in the microwave.  Reheat until thoroughly heated through.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg