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Easy Five Minute Swiss Chard Recipe

Updated on April 24, 2013

Easy Five Minute Vegan Swiss Chard Recipe

This easy, vegan five-minute Swiss chard recipe uses fresh ingredients from your garden or farmer's market to make a satisfying lunch or dinner. Swiss Chard or Chard is a green leafy vegetable that's very easy to grow in the early spring garden. It thrives in cool spring weather and provides abundant greens to enjoy in salads or cooked dishes. Many Swiss Chard recipes include pasta, and you can add your favorite cooked pasta to this dish if you like. This recipe takes just five minutes to prep and just five minutes to cook. It's satisfying, good for your health, and delicious. Enjoy!

Swiss Chard Nutrition Facts: One Cup

  • Swiss chard has just 7 calories per 1 cup serving (uncooked)
  • Contains one gram of fiber
  • Contains over 40% of your day's Vitamin A
  • Also contains an abundance of Vitamin C - 18% of your RDA in one cup of raw chard
  • Considered mildly anti-inflammatory and contains abundant antioxidants

Reference: Nutrition Facts and Analysis

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Easy Swiss Chard Recipe


  • 4 cups Swiss Chard, washed, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and slided
  • 1 can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin Olive Oil


  1. Cut leaves of Swiss chard from the plants. Rinse well under cool running water.
  2. Chop off the thicker stems, but leave stems and leaves intact. Slice the leaves into pieces about 1 inch wide. Place in a colander to drain.
  3. Peel and slice garlic cloves very thin. Set garlic aside.
  4. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. When oil is hot, CAREFULLY add the chard. Be very careful because if there is water on the chard the oil will pop - avoid burns and use great care.
  5. Sautee over low heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. While the chard is cooking, open, drain and rinse the can of Great Northern beans. Pour the beans into a colander and rinse under running water. Set aside.
  7. When the chard is wilted and cooked, just before removing from the heat, add the garlic. Stir constantly to avoid burning and sautee for 30 seconds.
  8. Add the rinsed and drained beans. Stir gently and cook for one minute until heated through.
  9. Turn off the heat, remove skillet from the stove and enjoy. Vegans can dress this meal with salt and spices or herbs. Vegetarians and omnivores, a healthy sprinkle of Parmesan or Romano cheese on top is delicious.


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    • Jeanne Grunert profile image

      Jeanne Grunert 3 years ago from Virginia

      Me too, Janis!!! It's delicious!!

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      Janis 3 years ago

      There is nothing better than Swiss chard! I grow it in the garden and the more it is cut the more it grows. I cook it in oil, fresh garlic, and garlic powder , pepper. Could and will eat it every day

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      YogaKat 4 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Mmmm . . . can't wait to try this . The swiss chard in my garden has grown humongous so looking for recipes. Thanks!

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      A nice sounding truly healthy recipe. I shall have to give this a try in the near future. Swiss Chard sound mighty good right about now! Voted up, useful.