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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.

Swiss chard recipes

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!
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Swiss chard recipes

Sauteed Swiss Chard

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Make chard taste incredible with this Swiss chard recipe! Amp the flavors in this easy side dish by adding pine nuts and Parmesan.


  • 1 bunch (12 ounces) Swiss chard or rainbow chard
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)


  1. 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).
  2. Smash and peel the garlic cloves.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the kosher salt, red pepper flakes. and several grinds of fresh ground pepper.
  5. Discard the garlic cloves and serve immediately. If desired, serve with shredded Parmesan and toasted pine nuts.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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 & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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