Greens with Bacon & Citrus

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This is a great side dish, packed with flavor, and great for those on a low carb, high fat diet — aka keto. The orange juice added at the end is optional, but it does add a nice fresh zing to the vegetables – and it cuts through the richness of the fatty bacon.

Greens with Bacon & Citrus | Real Food RN
Yield: Serves 4-5 as a side dish

Greens with Bacon & Citrus

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This greens with bacon and citrus is a refreshing, savory side dish that you can pair with any meal, and it only takes 15 minutes to make.


  • 10.6 oz smoked, streaky bacon
  • 17.6 oz Swiss chard or spring greens
  • 0.7 oz unsalted, grass-fed butter
  • Juice squeezed from 1 orange (optional)
  • Ground white pepper


1. Roughly dice the bacon into smaller pieces.

Greens with Bacon & Citrus | Real Food RN

2. Remove the thicker stalks from the greens and discard them. Roughly chop the leaves and set aside. Halve the orange and squeeze the juice into a little bowl. Set aside.

Greens with Bacon & Citrus | Real Food RN

3. Fry the bacon in a large, non-stick pan (cast iron works really great!) until crispy (or done to your liking). Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon, leaving the rendered fat in the pan.

Greens with Bacon & Citrus | Real Food RN

4. Add the butter to the pan. Once melted, tip in the chopped greens and cook, stirring continuously until they have all wilted completely.

Greens with Bacon & Citrus | Real Food RN

5. Add the orange juice and increase the heat.

6. Cook until all the liquid and moisture evaporate.

7. Season with ground white pepper and serve immediately. (It’s unlikely you will need to add salt due to the saltiness of the smoked bacon.)

Greens with Bacon & Citrus | Real Food RN

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 960mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 14g

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