A bottle of apple cider vinegar
A Splash Of Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Balance Salty Flavor In Collard Greens
Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to Southern-style collard greens to mellow out the salty taste of the pork, enhance the subtle flavors of the leaves, and add a tangy bite.
In recipes that use ham hock or bacon, apple cider vinegar can help enhance the flavor of the meat. In vegetarian recipes, it adds a pop of flavor to make up for the lack of meat.
Add the apple cider vinegar right at the end, just before you plan to serve the collard greens. Cooking it for too long will muddle and dull any bright, clean flavors.
You'll probably need to use less than you think. Start with just a tablespoon, taste, and then add more, tablespoon by tablespoon, if necessary.
If you don't have apple cider vinegar, you can substitute white vinegar, and a dash of acidic lemon juice will work in a pinch.