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.
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Garlic
- 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.
Can you chop the stems and sauté with the greens?
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.