Our garden has been less than stellar this summer and is quickly dissipating in this heat. I rotated plants into different beds this year, as master gardeners always insist for the soil’s health, but it turns out, we have such specific quantities and places of light in our heavily shaded yard, that my typical planting spots just work best. Sigh. Lessons learned. I did plant a row of heirloom Swiss Chard from seed this year, and it has performed beautifully and bountifully. If you are new to gardening, or even planting in patio pots, Swiss Chard is a great starting place. It’s beautiful, easy to grow, intuitive to manage, and prolific. It’s also an inexpensive veggie this time of year at local farmer’s markets and grocers.
But what do I do with it? There are hundred of ways to use it, but most times, I chop and sauté with garlic and onion or use as a tortilla for a wrap. Our blender has been broken the last year (argh!) or I’d use it in smoothies, too. To get more creative and to share a few yummy looking ways to eat it, here are fifteen diverse recipes, everything from Chard Dark Chocolate Torte to Chard Hummus Wraps, to enjoy at your table right now.
Spaghetti Squash Aglio e Olio with Rainbow Chard
Hot Sausage and Crispy Chard Pizza
Runner Beans with Swiss Chard Stems and Basil
Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls
Swiss Chard Hazelnut Dessert Tart
Crispy Swiss Chard Cakes with Mascarpone Creamed Spinach
Butternut Squash and Chard in Spicy Harissa Coconut Sauce
Sweet Thai Chile Chicken Swiss Chard Wraps with Peanut Ginger Sauce
Thank you Bethany for sharing these! My family and I have recently transitioned to a plant-based/vegan diet, and I have been eyeing swiss chard lately at the grocery store. This has given me TONS of ideas and I cannot wait to add more swiss chard into our meals. YUM!
I love Swiss chard sautéed with garlic and bacon for breakfast with a fried egg on top!
Oh yes, but what isn’t delicious with garlic and bacon? x