honey cider collard greens in a bowl

Honey Cider Collard Greens

Make these easy honey cider collard greens for your New Year's Day dinner! These greens combine apple cider vinegar, honey, and garlic for a deliciously sweet and savory side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword collard greens
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 69kcal
Author Marisa Moore


  • 1 1 medium bunch fresh collard greens
  • 2-4 slices thick sliced, center cut bacon
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ - 1 cup broth
  • dash hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Thoroughly clean the greens and remove the tough stems. Roll several collard leaves together into a tight bundle and slice into uniform strips. Uniformity is essential for even cooking.
  • In a medium saucepan or pot with a lid, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the slices and any excess rendered bacon fat from the pan. Chop the bacon and set aside.
  • In the same pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion. Saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute just until fragrant.
  • Add the greens, apple cider vinegar, honey, half the broth, and hot sauce. Cover and simmer until the greens are tender, at least 30 minutes or longer depending on how thick you sliced the collard greens.
  • Check the greens periodically - adding more broth as necessary to the desired level of pot liquor. When the greens reach the desired tenderness, add the bacon back to the pot. Taste and add additional salt or pepper to taste.  Enjoy!


This recipe was inspired by the honey cider greens at my favorite southwestern eatery, Agave Restaurant, here in Atlanta.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 37mg | Sugar: 4g