Sautéed swiss chard is lightly seasoned so the mild earthy flavor of this delicious and healthful plant is enjoyed to the fullest!
Late spring and early summer is swiss chard season! This leafy vegetable with its colorful stems is a popular side dish and is frequently used in stir-fries, soups, salads, and casseroles.
What is Swiss Chard?
Swiss chard is a delicious leafy green and both the stalks and leaves are edible.
Swiss chard is also sometimes just called chard and comes in a variety of colors. If sold by a bunch with various colors, it is referred to as rainbow chard but they are all the same ingredient.
We love swiss chard because it is a super versatile addition to stir-fries and soups, but it also stands up well on its own! Packed with vitamins K, A, C, and E, Swiss chard is a great source of minerals and an excellent source of fiber.
Swiss chard has a mild and slightly earthy flavor. It has a very slight a bitter note as well. The leaves are broad, brightly colored, and will shrink like spinach does when it cooks down. Even the stems are edible and delicious!
This yummy green can be served on its own or added to other recipes. Substitute it where you would normally add spinach or kale (allowing extra time for it to cook). Its great in:
- Wash the chard and separate the leafy portion from the thick stem. Keep the stem and leaves separate for cooking.
- Chop the stem into smaller pieces.
- Chop the leaves into pieces keeping in mind it will shrink down (like cooked spinach does).
Like spinach, the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, and they will shrink considerably as they are being cooked.
How to Cook Swiss Chard
If you can sautee spinach or kale, chard is every bit as easy!
- Rinse & prepare chard.
- Briefly saute garlic in oil & add Swiss chard stems (per recipe below).
- Cook until tender, then add leaves & white wine.
- Stir occasionally. Remove from heat, add butter, salt, & pepper & serve.
Tips for Success
- For best results, choose leaves that are uniform in size, plump, bright, and clean-smelling.
- Store fresh Swiss chard loosely wrapped in paper towels in the vegetable crisper.
- After washing Swiss chard, pat the leaves dry before sauteing them.
- Chard can be a bit bitter, be sure to generously season for the best flavor.
More Great Greens
- Collard Greens
- Garlic Bacon Kale Recipe
- Creamed Spinach
- Crispy Kale Chips
- Easy Kale Salad with Fresh Lemon Dressing
- Garlic Butter Kale Rice
- Creamed Swiss Chard
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Sauteed Swiss Chard
- 1 bunch swiss chard
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon butter or to taste
- salt & black pepper to taste
- Wash chard and shake dry.
- Separate stems from leaves. Keeping leaves and stems separate, cut leaves into large pieces and cut stems into 1" pieces.
- Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add chard stems and cook 5-6 minutes over medium heat. Stir in leaves. Cover and cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until tender stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and stir in butter. Season generously with salt & pepper to taste.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)