No longer content to be the bridesmaid to kale, this Italian-accented warm salad reminds us what a star swiss chard can be. Good quality parmesan and a nice crisp pear shaved thinly really help it shine. I love it as a slow carbohydrate side dish to roast chicken, with some Dijon mustard on the side —Tori Haschka
4 as a side dish
Swiss Chard (1 medium bunch)
garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Medium, firm pear, shaved
pine nuts, toasted
salt and pepper
In This Recipe
Cut the stems away from the the leaves of your Swiss Chard. Cut your stems into lengths of 3-4 cm and set aside. Cut your leaves into ribbons, about 2-3 cm in width.
Add 2 tbsp of the olive oil and half the garlic into a heavy bottomed pan. Sautee for 2 minutes over a medium heat until the garlic has softened, then add the stems and sautee for 8 minutes, until they still retain a little bite, but are largely submissive. Remove from the pan.
Add the remaining olive oil and garlic into the pan over a medium heat. Sautee for a minute, then add the leaves. Sautee for one - two minutes, until the leaves gently wilt. Then return the stems to the pan and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.