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Italian Style Swiss Chard

Last updated: May 24, 2023

Swiss chard grows easily in Wisconsin, thanks to its preference for cooler temperatures. Because you can plant chard in early spring, it’s one of the first vegetables ready to harvest. Swiss chard is known for its colorful stems and dark green leaves and is often compared in flavor to beet greens or spinach. The vegetable is rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as magnesium. This simple swiss chard recipe pairs nicely with your favorite Italian dish.


10 Min


20 Min






  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Fresh-squeezed lemon juice (optional)


  1. Wash Swiss chard and cut into 1-inch strips. Separate the thick, tough stalk sections from the leafy parts.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to 1 cup of water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add stalks and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the leafy parts. Cook until stalks are fork-tender and leafy parts are wilted, or about 4 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a large skillet over medium heat until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add drained Swiss chard. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Season with fresh-squeezed lemon juice if desired.

Recipe shared by Michelle Eaton, MS, Registered Dietitian, ThedaCare.

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