How to Make Swiss Chard – Braising greens and garlic together makes for a tantalizing, savory vegetable. If you flip out over dark, leafy greens this simple side-dish is for you! This post has been updated from February 2017 to improve reader experience.
A couple weeks ago I stopped by the market and found the most amazing Swiss Chard. It was so gorgeous I knew I had to make a fabulous soup with it so I did. I cleaned the chard, chopped it up and into the soup it went. I slow cooked it all day and was so excited, I had to sneak a bite.
I stirred it up well, grabbed a spoonful and into my mouth it went. The flavor was amazing, but as I chewed it, I tasted grit.
No, it can’t be! I grabbed another spoonful. Nope, still tasted grit.
It pained me but down the sink it went. 🙁
I’m sharing this in the hopes you’ll avoid my mistakes, back to the market I went to purchase more chard.
This time I got yellow, red and green chard. And by-golly I cleaned it really good! I wasn’t going to make that mistake twice!
How do you clean Swiss Chard
- Rinse the greens in a large bowl submerged in water.
- Give it a good jshhh, swished it around several times, rinse well.
- Chop the chard into small bite sized pieces. Just remove the end of the stem, no need discard the whole stem – it is edible.
- Fill the bowl with water again, swish around and dump the water.
- Complete this process until you are satisfied all of the grit is removed from the chard.
- It will take 4-5 times until the water runs clear.
Note – I’ve purchased chard at the market. Perhaps the Swiss chard from the grocery store is cleaned better. Just know it will take several rinses before the grit is removed.
Do you cook the stems of Swiss chard?
- Absolutely! The stems of the Swiss Chard are edible and delicious!
Is Swiss chard good for you?
Yes! This vegetable is high in potassium with over 400 mg per 1/2 cup serving! Chard is rich in vitamins K, A and C and packed with potassium and iron. This vegetable is a great healthy choice!
How to make Swiss Chard grocery list –
- Swiss chard
- yellow onion
- olive oil
- seasonings – salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
This recipe braises the chard. Braising it turns an almost bitter leaf into savory goodness.
Braising garlic makes it sweet also. The flavor changes completely and fills your home with an amazing aroma! (I know this because my husband was off reading when I made this. He came into the kitchen and took a deep breath and said what’s for dinner, that smells amazing!)
The combination of greens and garlic is tantalizing. Braising the greens and garlic together and it becomes garlicky sweet goodness! It’s easy too and only takes 30 minutes.
How to Make Swiss Chard
- Peel the onion. Slice in half and then into half moon slices
- In a large heavy bottom pot, over medium heat add the olive & butter to the pan. When melty and hot, add the onions.
- While the onions are cooking prepare the chard.
- Slice off just the ends of the stalks of chard and discard. Slice and dice the rest of the stalk and the leaves. Add to the pot with the onions and add all of the seasonings. Give it a good stir.
- Next mince the garlic. Add it to the pot with everything else. Give a good stir.
- Reduce heat to medium low, cover tightly and simmer for twenty minutes, stirring everything 7 to 8 minutes.
More delicious recipes using Swiss chard
Leftovers on day two were transformed into a wrap with chicken and humus, the perfect lunch! Day three I served them alongside an omelet and we enjoyed breakfast for dinner!
More yummy vegetable side dishes? I got you covered, side dishes are definitely my thing!
- Steamed Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Broccoli with Lemon
- 3 Ingredient Steamed Green Beans
- Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
This is a terrific side dish in the fall and winter when chard is in season. It’s really one of my favorites! Served alongside a great Roast Beef or Chicken, it’s the perfect pairing. I hope you really enjoy this recipe!
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How to Make Swiss Chard
How to Make Swiss Chard
How to Braise Chard - The combination of greens and garlic is tantalizing. Braising the greens and garlic together makes the vegetables so delicious and savory.
- 2 bunches Swiss Chard cleaned well, thinly sliced
- 1 yellow onion peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp garlic minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
Remove the skin from the onion. Slice in half and then into half moon slices
In a large heavy bottom pot, over medium heat add the olive & butter to the pan. When melty and hot, add the onions.
While the onions are cooking prepare the chard. Slice off just the ends of the stalks of chard and discard. They can be really tough. Slice and dice the rest of the stalk and the leaves. Add to the pot with the onions and add all of the seasonings. Give it a good stir.
Now mince the garlic. You'll need three tablespoons. When minced, into the pot it goes with everything else. Give a good stir, reduce heat to medium low, cover tightly and simmer for twenty minutes, stirring everything 7 to 8 minutes.
Want to make this vegan? Simply omit the butter and add additional olive oil!
If you enjoy this lovely side dish, then please check out my 3 Ingredient Steamed Green Beans Recipe – so light & lovely!