You’ll enjoy this flavor filled, easy to prepare veggie side dish that features pan-seared, garden fresh Swiss Chard with onions and garlic.
Swiss Chard with Onions and Garlic is a quick, easy and HEALTHY side dish I made last night with our grilled chicken dinner. I stir-fried rainbow colored chard with onions and garlic, and boy, was it good!
I had never eaten Swiss Chard until a year ago, when I decided to add it to my raised bed garden and give it a shot. That was a great idea (if I say so myself)! I planted seeds for Rainbow Chard last Spring (Rainbow Chard just means there are different color stems on the plants).
We are STILL enjoying some of the Swiss chard I planted last year from seed…isn’t that crazy?! I planted chard seeds from a .99 cent packet …My chard plants survived the winter rain and snow and we had some for dinner last night in MAY! Talk about a good investment…yeehaw!
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Is Swiss Chard Good for You?
Yes! My husband and I loved this side dish! Chard is crazy good for you, too. It is low-fat, full of fiber, iron and potassium, to name just a few reasons why you should give this veggie a try. Simple, “good for you”, and full of flavor!
We grow a rainbow variety of Swiss chard in our little back yard garden. Here’s where the unsuspecting chard in the skillet was yesterday morning (my garden – the tall plants in this photo).
Here’s where some of that chard was yesterday afternoon (my kitchen) and what it looked like after washing the leaves and stems. It had NO idea I was going to COOK it the following day!
Preparing Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic
There are not too many ingredients for this quick stir fry, and that’s a good thing. Simple is good!
The minced garlic is added as the chard is cooking down a bit in the skillet.
See how much the Swiss chard cooks down by the time it’s done? You THINK it will be a lot of Swiss chard with onions, but it ends up being about half the starting amount in the pan, once cooked. Be sure to serve the Swiss chard immediately while still hot. You can season it with salt and pepper, if desired to suit your own personal taste.
Hope you will consider trying this recipe for Swiss chard with onions and garlic. It really IS a very delicious way to “eat your veggies”. If you enjoyed this dish, be sure to check out my recipe for Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushrooms. Have a great day!
Looking For More Veggie Dishes?
You can find all of my vegetable dishes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have many delicious veggie dishes, including:
- P.F. Chang’s Spicy Green Beans (copycat)
- Candied Sweet Potatoes
- Loaded Grilled Cauliflower
- Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans
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Recipe Source (My head…this is how I cook kale, also…ridiculously easy!)
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- 1 large bunch of Swiss Chard (it LOOKS like a lot, but it will really cook down- trust me!)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves of garlic , minced
- 1/2 teaspoon bacon "drippings" (this is completely optional, but does lend a nice flavor)
Wash the chard very well. Shake chard to dry it slightly, but leave a bit of the water on the leaves. Chop the stem and leaves into 2 inch pieces.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and saute for a couple minutes. Add the chard stalks; cook for a couple of minutes, then add the leaves and the garlic. If the leaves don't all fit in the pan, don't panic...just let them cook for a minute (as they cook it will "shrink" substantially), then add the rest. Continue to saute the chard until the leaves begin to wilt (a couple minutes. You will be surprised how much the chard reduces in size.
- Serve the sauteed chard warm. Enjoy this healthy side dish!!!
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