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Simple Sauteed Swiss Chard


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10 minutes
10 minutes
Simple Sauteed Swiss Chard


2 large bunches Swiss chard, or rainbow chard

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 large onion, diced

½ teaspoon salt

pinch each dry thyme and nutmeg

Freshly ground pepper to taste

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, optional


  • Chop and clean Swiss Chard: Stack several pieces of Swiss chard on work surface. Remove stems and set aside. Roughly cut leaves into pieces about 2-inch square. Repeat with the remaining swiss chard. Transfer the chopped leaves to a salad spinner filled with water. Drain, repeat washing if necessary, and spin dry. Rinse and chop the Swiss chard stems (about the same size as the diced onion.)

  • Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add chopped chard stems, garlic, onion, salt, thyme, nutmeg and pepper and cook, stirring often until the onions are starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add chopped cleaned Swiss chard leaves, 2 tablespoons water and cover. Let wilt, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove lid and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the Swiss chard is completely wilted and softened, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and drizzle with balsamic vinegar if using. Serve hot.


  • SERVING SIZE: 2/3 cup

  • CALORIES: 80

  • SUGAR: 5 g

  • FAT: 5 g


  • FIBER: 2 g

  • PROTEIN: 2 g


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