Chard might not be as popular as kale, but it’s even tastier! Here are all the best Swiss chard recipes to make with this leafy green.
Got a bunch of Swiss chard? You’re in luck: it’s even tastier than the darling leafy green of the moment, kale. This beautiful vegetable has large leaves and is often used in Mediterranean style cuisine. You’ll find it in lots of Italian style dishes like sauteed as a side dish, in pasta, or on pizza. You can also substitute chard for spinach in any recipe with great results.
Here are the best Swiss chard recipes to use up a bunch of this nutrient-packed vegetable! The star is simple sauteed chard, topped with toasted nuts and Parmesan cheese and served as a side dish. But you can use it in so many other ways: in Italian soups, omelettes, and of course…chard artichoke dip! (Yes, that’s chard stepping into the famous spinach artichoke pairing.)
And now…the best Swiss chard recipes to try!
What is Swiss chard? What is rainbow chard?
Chard is a leafy green vegetable. It’s got a mild flavor that’s closer to spinach than kale. In fact, some people argue that it’s an easier flavor to like than kale, which can taste very bitter. Here’s what to know:
- Chard is actually related to beets, not spinach or kale! You’ll notice the leaves and stems look similar to beet greens.
- Swish chard is another name for chard.
- Rainbow chard actually isn’t a variety at all. It’s actually three varieties of chard that are sold together: white-stemmed Swiss chard, red chard, and golden chard. Now you know!
Make chard taste incredible with this Swiss chard recipe! Amp the flavors in this easy side dish by adding pine nuts and Parmesan.
- Wash and dry the chard leaves. Remove the stems and roughly chop the chard (follow the instructions in How to Cut Kale). If you’d like, thinly slice the tender part of the stems and add that to the mix (discard the large tough parts of the stems; or you can discard the stems entirely).
- Smash and peel the garlic cloves.
- Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the smashed garlic and chard and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently until wilted and bright green.
- Remove from the heat and add the kosher salt, red pepper flakes. and several grinds of fresh ground pepper.
- Discard the garlic cloves and serve immediately. If desired, serve with shredded Parmesan and toasted pine nuts.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Swiss chard recipes, Chard recipes, Recipes with chard
More recipes with leafy greens
Here are some more recipes with leafy greens where you could substitute chard:
- Ultimate Spinach Pizza Get your greens and pizza fix all at once! Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese make for a creamy pie everyone will love.
- Best Spinach Smoothie The sweet tart flavor is so irresistible, you’ll forget you’re eating your greens.
- Easy Spinach Dip Comes together in just a few minutes and tastes incredible! It’s perfect for parties and no-fuss entertaining.
- Kale Quinoa Salad This colorful salad is full of healthy ingredients and tastes incredible! Meal prep this easy plant-based lunch idea for meals all week.
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.