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Making A Chard Salad

Updated on August 25, 2013

White Bean And Chard Salad With Pasta

Many varieties of chard are so lovely that they're grown as ornamentals. Chard isn't just pretty, though, it's also delicious and very nutritious
Many varieties of chard are so lovely that they're grown as ornamentals. Chard isn't just pretty, though, it's also delicious and very nutritious | Source

Making A Chard Salad

 Talking About Chard

Many varieties of chard are so lovely that they're grown as ornamentals. Chard isn't just pretty, though, it's also delicious and very nutritious. In addition to an array of vitamins and minerals, chard contains at least 13 different antioxidants. While you can eat the tender young leaves raw, chard is generally enjoyed cooked. Rainbow chard features colorful ribs red, green and yellow. Saute them with a bit of olive oil and garlic or add them to a frittata or vegetarian lasagna to make a great tasting meal. So with a few simple ingredients you can make a very tasty maindish or a healthy side dish. Along with this article is a great tasting salad that you will all enjoy.

White Bean And Chard Pasta Salad

1/2 pound of orrecchiette or other small shell or tube shaped pasta

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 small onion, diced

1 tablespoon minced garlic ( about 3 cloves )

1/4 pound of carrots, diced

I pound of fresh chard stems removed and rough chopped

1 15oz can of cannellini or navy beans drained and rinsed

1/2 cup of lemon juice ( about 2-3 lemons )

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside. In a medium sized skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a medium heat. Saute the onions, garlic, and carrots for a few minutes, then add the chard and cook a few minutes more until it;s tender. Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in the white beans and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, dried dill and mustard together. Toss with the pasta and beans and chard mixture. Season with salt and pepper and gently stir in the grated Parmesan cheese. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

And if you really want to boost it up you can add sun dried tomatoes, pesto and a small piece of lox or chopped kalamata olives for additional flavor then enjoy.

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    • Handicapped Chef profile imageAUTHOR

      Handicapped Chef 

      6 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Thanks dirt farmer I'm trying to eat more healthier at this stage of my life so this is something I really wanted to share with all the readers....plus it's so so good with lots of flavor.

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      This looks so tasty and healthy! Thanks for another awesome recipe.

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