Add swiss chard to the list of veggies I never would’ve considering enjoying growing up! What can I say? As a professed veggie lover now, I haven’t always been great about all of them. And while I wouldn’t have cared about this as a kid…one of the great things about this sauteed swiss chard with ginger is its versatility – side dish, salad, add on, and so much more…
Swiss Chard with Ginger
Sauteing greens is one of those crazy things that can do nothing to veggies or it can make them mouth watering and memorable. I think this recipe is the latter for sure.
On its own these greens are a delicious side dish or even a salad course (salads don’t all have to be cold)! I think the versatility of this dish, however, is second only to the flavor. For some reason, I want to add it into a bowl of grains, roasted veggies, and a poached egg or grilled chicken.
If you’re grilling meat or veggies these days, however, this would be a delicious bed of greens upon which to serve them.
How to Prep Swiss Chard for Cooking
Prepping swiss chard to eat isn’t a ton of work. The leaves need to be cleaned and you need to get rid of the stem. Give your chard a quick rinse and try to get rid of any dirt.
Next, fold your leaves in half (across the stem) and cut or pull the stem away from the leaves – the real thick part should come apart pretty easily!
Sidenote – the stem is edible, it’s just tough. If you want to add some of it in, you absolutely can. I’d recommend chopping it thinner so it cooks faster and isn’t so much work to eat.
I like to cut swiss chard like basil, so I stack the leaves and then roll them together and slice them all at once. You can then do a rough chop the other way to get them into smaller pieces!
If you are still into turning on the oven, you should absolutely try this cauliflower and chard bread pudding. It sounds heavy, but actually it’s stuffed with veggies and only has a thing layer of bread pieces on top!
Tips for Cooking Chard, Garlic, + Ginger
So all of the major players in this dish cook very quickly, which is great, but it does also mean you should watch out for any one of them burning. So when you’re cooking this, give it your full attention and get it over with quickly!
SWISS CHARD WITH GINGER
This basic recipe for sauteed swiss chard with ginger is one to keep in your arsenal. It's an easy, delicious side dish, but it's also a great add-on to any bowl, the perfect bed for serving roasted or grilled meat and veggies, or a great chilled dish to pull out of the refrigerator just before eating!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
- 1 bunch Swiss chard stemmed and sliced
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or to taste
- Pinch of fine sea salt
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring often for about 1 minute, until it begins to sizzle and become aromatic. Be careful that the garlic does not brown.
Add the chard and toss well in the oil as it cooks, about 2 minutes, or until it reaches your desired tenderness. Turn off the heat. Add the soy sauce and salt. Toss well and serve warm.