Salute to Swiss Chard and 10+ Favorite Healthy Swiss Chard Recipes
Here’s my Salute to Swiss Chard with 10+ Favorite Healthy Swiss Chard Recipes, and if you’re growing chard in your garden this can give you plenty of options!
Have you grown or eaten Swiss Chard? Lately I’ve been surprised to discover how many people aren’t well acquainted with this hearty and tasty type of garden greens, so for my latest garden update I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve learned about growing chard and some of my favorite healthy Swiss Chard recipes.
Swiss chard (also called chard, silverbeet, and perpetual spinach) is an easy-to-grow type of greens that are highly nutritious. Both the stems and leaves are good to eat. Small, tender leaves make a nice addition to salads or are good for making chard pesto, while larger leaves should be cut away from the ribs so stems and leaves can be cooked separately. Chard has a pleasant flavor that’s a little stronger than spinach, but not as strong as kale or mustard greens.
Chard is also very attractive in the garden. I especially like this gorgeous rainbow chard that can produce three gorgeous colors from one package of seeds. And I love the way you can trim off leaves and the plant will continue producing new ones, even in the hot Utah summers.
Chard is easy to grow from seed, and I never had problems with my chard until the year when a flock of quail discovered it and started to eat the leaves until only the stalks remained, like you see in the photo above. A visit to the garden center taught me to use garden netting to save the Swiss chard from the birds, and all has been well ever since.
Swiss chard is quite prolific, and I’ve experimented with it quite a bit. I loved this Spicy Asian Stir-Fried Swiss Chard, which my nephew Jake and I completely devoured the day we made it.
Another favorite Swiss Chard recipe is this Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Custard Bake. This will definitely be a repeater!
When the weather starts to get cold I love the color that Swiss chard adds to soup. I enjoyed this Chard and Chickpea Soup with Sausage and Green Pepper.
Another favorite soup with chard is White Bean Soup with Ham and Chard. If you have Rainbow Chard, it gives a lovely color to this soup.
Swiss Chard and Mushroom Squares, were delicious and fun to make in a mini-loaf pan, but if you don’t have a pan like this just use a casserole dish and cut it into the squares!
Another very delicious soup featuring Swiss Chard is this Italian Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Garlic, Chard, and Pecorino-Romano Cheese is something I’ve made many times since I first posted the recipe.
This Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin is another dish I’ve made several times since it appeared on the blog.
Lots of chard recipes only use the leaves, so it’s handy to have a recipe that uses the stems like this Baked Swiss Chard Stems with Olive Oil and Parmesan.
Swiss Chard, Mozzarella, and Feta Egg Bake, has just enough eggs to hold the other ingredients together. This is a tasty and healthy breakfast.
Slow Cooker Spicy Vegetarian Pinto Bean and Chard Burritos are another delicious way to get greens into your diet.
Finally, one of the most creative ways I’ve used Swiss chard is in this Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto which I made earlier in the summer when a friend gave me some garlic scapes.
What’s Your Favorite Swiss Chard Recipe?
Now it’s your turn to participate. The web is supposed to be interactive, so if you like Swiss chard and have any growing tips or favorite recipes using it, please share your tips or recipe links in the comments!