What is Swiss Chard?

Swiss Chard is a leafy green vegetable that is commonly used in Italian cuisine. Chard’s flavor is similar to spinach. It is an extremely nutritious vegetable and has numerous health benefits. It positively impacts blood sugar and works as an antioxidant and supports bone health. One of the best ways to cook with it is sauteing.

How to Prepare Chard

  • Wash leaves under water until free of grit. Drain and pat dry.
  • Fold each leaf in half lengthwise; cut out hard vein. This basically removes the vein that runs on the back of the leaf and removes the stem.
  • Stack a few trimmed leaves; roll up tightly like a cigar.
  • Slice across to form the ribbons.


Lemon-Garlic Chard


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
10 ounces of chopped chard
2 tablespoons water
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 cup parmesan cheese


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes or until garlic begins to brown.
Add chard and 2 tablespoons water to pan; cook 3 minutes or until chard wilts.
Stir in salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with cheese.

Adapted from Cooking Light

Pasta Tip:


Prepare a pasta such as linguini
Add pasta sauce or oil
Sprinkle pasta with crumbled bacon and sauted Chard

Saute and add to a quiche





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