Sauteed Swiss Chard with Garlic

Greens are packed with nutrients and an important element of a Mediterranean Diet & Lifestyle. All over the Mediterranean you will find people picking wild edible greens.  It is a ritual that goes back thousands of years.  The greens are brought back home, washed, cooked and eaten right away.  Eating at least 1 serving of greens per day is an important part of eating the Mediterranean Diet.  How to cook swiss chard?  It is super easy!  Olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt and a splash of balsamic.  This Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic recipe is a quick and tasty way to get your greens.

This recipe pairs well with almost any main dish, but I particularly love it with Chicken Souvlaki, Mediterranean Baked Cod, Shrimp with Feta and Tomatoes or Mediterranean Spiced Rice with Black Beans & Chickpeas.


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Sauteed Swiss Chard with Garlic

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Calories 205 kcal


  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, washed well, stems removed
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Chop chard to desired size.
  • Heat oil in a wok or skillet on medium heat (do not overheat olive oil). Add chard and spices and saute for about 3-4 minutes until Swiss chard is wilted.
  • Add balsamic vinegar. Saute 1 more minute.
  • Add garlic, let sizzle for about 30 seconds and then turn off heat.


Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 643mgPotassium: 1199mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 18367IUVitamin C: 94mgCalcium: 189mgIron: 6mg
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  1. Sharon March 4, 2022 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Can you chop the stems and sauté with the greens?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. March 5, 2022 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can. I find that Swiss chard stems can be a bit tough and can be hard to swallow. I would probably try to steam them first to soften them.

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