Simple Sauteed Swiss Chard

Many, many of the recipes on this blog aren’t simple. I know that. It might lead one to believe that I endlessly slave in the kitchen, making intricate things with lots of ingredients, every night of the week. Truth is, while I’d love to spend all day in the kitchen, reality (a.k.a. chores, errands, projects, a full-time job, step-kids, or otherwise life) gets in the way. (It’s just that when I do spend all day in the kitchen, and something comes out well, I want to share it with you!) So on those hectic days, when I’ve just stepped in the door after commuting for over an hour from the office, I rely on fresh ingredients, prepared as simply as possible, to provide us a nutritious meal (and keep my sanity in check). Many times, this means some sort of quick-cooking protein such as chicken, fish, or the occasional steak (or even leftover protein from the day before, if I’ve planned well), and a variety of vegetables, such as baked sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, a tossed salad, or sauteed greens, such as collards, kale, or swiss chard.

Swiss chard has to be one of my favorite greens. That’s saying a lot, since I love greens of just about every kind, and eat them nearly every day. To me, swiss chard is slightly sweet, and doesn’t need much adornment, particularly when it’s at the peak of freshness. This particular chard in the photo was as fresh as one can get – I picked it from my garden. I’d never planted chard before, so I was excited to watch it grow and flourish (I’m pretty much a novice gardener). There’s something about eating something you’ve grown yourself. It nearly always tastes better, simply because of its freshness. But there’s more to it than that. It’s as if it deserves much more respect, care, and love than any “other” vegetable. It’s almost like it’s your “baby”, if that makes sense. While I’m still learning a lot about how to grow vegetables, I love the experience, from preparing the soil, to planting the seeds, to caring for them until it’s time to harvest and enjoy. It connects me to the Earth, to the seasons, to nature. I feel balanced and at peace.

But you came to read about swiss chard. So here you go. Like the title suggests, this is a simple, easy recipe, and I enjoy chard and other greens in much the same manner several times a week. A bit of onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper, and your greens are ready for your enjoyment as a delicious, simple side. Feel free to use other greens in this recipe as well – collards substitute well here.

Sauteed Swiss Chard

1 T olive oil

1/4 c chopped yellow onion

1 clove garlic, minced 

1 large bunch of swiss chard, rinsed well and stems and leaves chopped

pinch crushed red pepper

2 T water

salt to taste

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and saute for another minute. Add swiss chard and crushed red pepper and saute for another minute. Add water and cover pan, and allow to “steam” for another 2-3 minutes, or until swiss chard is wilted and the leaves are bright green. Remove the lid and season to taste with salt.

Serves 3-4.


Filed under Budget-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy Meals, Quick and Easy, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian

11 responses to “Simple Sauteed Swiss Chard

  1. YUM! We LOVE Swiss Chard and this is my favorite way to cook it, well, sometimes I crisp up a few pieces of bacon or pancetta to get things started. But it really is my favorite green. This looks wonderful! I can make a meal on it.

  2. Angel7

    I do not think I have tried swiss chard. I will have to buy some sometime. It looks so vibrant!

    I have not planted a garden yet, but would like to plant one. My dad used to have a garden, and we would reap the benefits of it, and enjoy great veggies.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. Simple homegrown goodness, Alta. Very nice!


  4. i’m a big fan of swiss chard as well. easypeasy weeknight-friendly greens. i like to season swiss chard w/ ground nutmeg.

  5. Yum, I love sauteed swiss chard 🙂

  6. tastyeatsathome

    yumyumyummers – Nutmeg? OMG, I am going to have to try that. I can imagine the flavors meld beautifully.

    Angel7 – If you’re a newbie, I think swiss chard or other greens would be a great option. I figure if I didn’t kill them, they must be easy! 🙂 Even just starting with an herb garden is so beneficial – there’s nothing as lovely as stepping outside to snip a few fresh herbs for your meal. And container gardening or raised bed gardening makes it easier too, so I encourage you to get started!

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