Chard Saute
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4-6
Swiss chard is easy to grow and a little more involved to prepare, but oh! how it is worth the effort!
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (or half an onion, or a clove or two of garlic)
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth or water
  • 2 large bunches Swiss chard (or more)
  1. Wash, wring out, de-stem and chop large chard leaves.
  2. In a large saute pan (that is a frying pan with high sides), heat two tablespoons olive oil to medium high. Or, if doing a mondo-huge pile of chard, use a pot.
  3. Chop one large shallot, or half an onion, or a clove or two of garlic and add to pan.
  4. If using onion, then allow to cook for a few minutes until softened.
  5. Add wrung-out Swiss chard and stir a little.
  6. Add a quarter of a cup of vegetable broth (the greens will still hold water, so you don't need much broth. Or you can add the same amount of water).
  7. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low.
  8. Allow chard to steam for about twenty minutes (it should be simmering in there; if it isn't, turn up the heat a little).
  9. Lift the lid once and stir chard.
  10. At the end of the cooking time, remove the lid and turn up the heat.
  11. Allow any extra broth to cook until almost completely gone. Be careful not to scorch!
  12. Remove from heat, adjust the salt to taste, and serve. I eat it with butter, or sprinkled with Parmesan cheese is also good. Yum!!
Recipe by Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture at