Lemony Swiss Chard | Recipe | Swiss Chard with Lemon and Garlic

My parents grew the best vegetables in their enormous garden ranging from the basics like tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants, to the slightly less basic like pole beans, radicchio and Swiss chard.  Mmmm....how I loved how my mom would prepare the various vegetables.  She always found a healthy way to make them delicious.  And since she's part of the secret Lemon Society, there was always a good chance lemon or vinegar would find its way into the recipe.

How many times have you heard me say this by now? --- Mr. Stranded claimed he didn't like Swiss chards and didn't want me to make them.  Well, I DO like Swiss chards so decided to make a small bunch for myself.  Mr. Stranded took a bite and said, "Hey!  These are pretty good."  And he proceeded to eat all of them.  I was bummed I didn't get any, but psyched he likes them!  Now I can make them more often.

Swiss chards is a light dish to compliment an otherwise heavy meal.  This lemony version is refreshing and has a nice flavor. 

Lemony Swiss Chard Recipe
Yields: 8 servings

2 bunches red Swiss chards
5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp water
1 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper

1. Separate chard leaves from stems.  Slices stems diagonally into 1/8" pieces.  Coarsely chop leaves and set aside.
2. In a large saute pan, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over Medium-Low heat.  Add stems and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, approx 6-8 minutes.  Add garlic and stir with stems to combine.  Cook an additional one minute.
3. Add chard leaves and season with a bit of salt.  Add water and cook until leaves are wilted, about 3 minutes.  Transfer to serving bowl.
4. In the meantime, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice.  Pour over Swiss chards and toss well to combine.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Make the entire recipe is advance.  Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate.  Bring to room temperature and toss before serving.


Sara Louise said... [Reply]

This looks good! Love winter greens :-)