Swiss Chard with Bacon, Red Onion & two Special Ingredients

September 30, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This is simplicity and ease embodied in one pan and a recipe that allows us to be 'healthy' by eating piles of greens (while of course forgetting that they are cooked in bacon fat!)
this recipe was adapted from a version on, but the methods and ingredient amounts are different, and there is a couple of additional ingredients as well that take this side over the top! —thefood

What You'll Need
  • 6 slices of really good bacon, diced
  • 1 large head of swiss chard, chopped or sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon really good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon really good maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or more/less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or more/less to taste)
  1. in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring regularly, until crisp. remove skillet from heat, and using a slotted spoon transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate, leaving the bacon grease in the pan.
  2. add the onion to the skillet, and saute until translucent.
  3. add chard and stir continuously unti glistening with bacon grease.
  4. drizzle chard with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar, and toss well. saute until wilted and desired tenderness is achieved.
  5. remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper. sprinkle with bacon and serve immedietely.
  6. come back for seconds and thirds, and then wish for days that there were leftovers!

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1 Review

Leahvetmom April 22, 2022
This is a REALLY GOOD recipe. In fact, my husband says it is the best chard I've made. Thank you Food 52.