Sauteed Swiss Chard with Fruit and Nuts

What to do with Swiss chard that hasn’t been done before?  Everyone loves to saute it with a little garlic and onion and that’s delicious but it’s time to change it up – add some colour,  crunch and citrus!

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I just love rainbow chard because colour is as important as flavour and texture.  I firmly believe that your kids are going to be more attracted to their vegetables when they’re so inviting with their bright hues.  No need to toss away those beautiful stems, just chop them up and saute them for a few minutes before adding the leaves.

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I’ve included some orange juice and zest,  dried cranberries and golden raisins, bell pepper and walnuts and almonds.  Oh, and there’s the old reliable garlic and onion in here, too!

Swiss chard is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables out there. It packs an impressive amount of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and copper. And with high levels of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and many trace minerals, you’re pretty much covered, I’d say!

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If you haven’t had Swiss chard before, the leaves are tender and have a taste similar to spinach.  The crunchy stems are slightly sweet and have a taste like bok choy stems.  It’s very easy to cook with and you’ll find it goes well in soups, stews, and with pasta.

If you love Swiss chard as much as I do, you’ll want to check out this easy stir fry recipe at Omnivore’s Cookbook.  It’s both beautiful and delicious!

I used the rest of the chard for a penne dish that I will share in my Fall ebook.  You can see a shot of it on Instagram today.  It was so delicious and can you believe I have found a pasta that is made up of only two ingredients? Yes!  Lentils and chickpeas!!  It was awesome and it’s gluten-free, vegan, allergen-free, organic, non-gmo, kosher – you name it, they’ve got it covered!  Can’t wait to share and I hope to have a giveaway with it as well!

Until then – eat your fresh veggies while you can- it’s already *gasp* August.  Cheers!


Sauteed Swiss Chard with Fruit and Nuts
Recipe Type: Vegetarian Side Dish
Author: Robyn Gleason
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Serves: 4
This healthy side dish has added color, crunch and citrus. Walnuts and almonds combined with raisins and dried cranberries with some orange juice and zest make this Swiss chard sing!
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, separate stems and leaves. Chop stems in 3/4 inch pieces, slice leaves into ribbons (both large and small for variety)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • I orange – 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 bell pepper (yellow, red or orange), diced
  • 1/4 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. In large skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add garlic, onion, pepper, orange juice, almonds, walnuts and chard stems. Cook 2 minutes.
  2. Add zest, raisins, cranberries, and leaves. Saute for just 2 minutes, mixing well. Don’t let the leaves get too wilted.
  3. Serve immediately.

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This healthy side dish has added color, crunch and citrus. Walnuts, almonds, raisins, cranberries and orange zest make this Swiss chard sing! From Simply Fresh Dinners.



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    August 8, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Looks and sounds fabulous, my friend! I just loe the ingredients and would enjoy this for lunch sometime.

    Wishing you a delightful week, dear one. Love and hugs!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    August 9, 2016 at 5:14 am

    This reminds me that I don’t use swiss chard enough. This dish looks colorful and refreshing!

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      August 9, 2016 at 7:32 am

      I forget about it too, Karen, and when I started researching the nutrients I realized I have to start including it more often. I love the colours so it wouldn’t be hard to do 🙂
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 9, 2016 at 7:42 am

    We love Swiss Chard but just don’t eat it often enough. Thanks for the inspiration because I can’t stop thinking about how wonderful this combination would be. Love the nuts and fruits – yum!

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    Anita Rivera
    August 9, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I mouth is literally watering, no kidding! What I love about this are the textures; the nuts….YES! The chewy sweet dried fruit paired with the crunch of the greens is the way to go. You are chewing for satisfaction, and each bite is a burst of unexpected pairings. BRILLIANT my friend! AND…if you get a chance my dear, go to my new blog post. There you will find a link to Vicki Archer’s blog where you can MEET ME and see my photos along with an interview she did with me! Hope to see you there!

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      August 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      I’m way ahead of you, friend! lol. I was there first thing this morning. Such a lovely post – absolutely loved it and the fact that it showcased your talents so beautifully!

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    August 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Looks like a lovely bowl of goodness! Swiss chard is on my shopping list..

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    August 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I love swiss and rainbow chard! But I love it raw best! It is so delicious and I only started buying regularly about a year ago! I missed out!

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    August 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Love this! We had a lot of Swiss Chard in our garden last summer because my kids adored the colors. I never really knew what to do with it (other than sauté it), and I wish I had this recipe at the time. Looks delicious!! Time to hurry off to buy some chard!

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    Anita Rivera
    August 10, 2016 at 5:36 am

    DEAR DEAR ROBYN! Good morning! Thank you so much for going to Vicki’s post! WOW, I was just excited to be featured, but a surprise came my way on Instagram….it was fun!

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    geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    August 10, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I love swiss chard, Robyn and always looking for new ways to use it. Definitely putting this on my to do list. I’m planning on growing some swiss chard this fall – so I’ll be looking for the rainbow kind to plant. Hope you’re having a good week!
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    August 10, 2016 at 11:10 am

    We always grow Swiss chard in our garden — so much you can do with it. Usually don’t mix it with fruit or nuts though — terrific idea! Such a nice looking dish — thanks!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    A great salad and so pretty with the swiss chard stems. Love all the fruits and nuts you’ve added as well.
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    August 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    This is so beautiful Robyn. I love all the additions in there– I love my food so much more when its colorful, so yes, makes sense kids would too! My little guy is suddenly becoming fussy– which I have worked so hard to make him not! Kids are super hard and have strong little minds of their own!

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    Anita Rivera
    August 11, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I am going to make this recipe for a friend who is coming for lunch next week! HI THERE my friend! I want to thank you for coming to visit my post and for reading the interview. HOW FUN WAS THAT! I am truly honored, and it was fun to see how my photos could look in a layout as such! That’s my goal one day, to lay out my photos with story. Ah, the dream.

    Enjoy your Thursday!

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    Linda Primmer
    August 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Wonderful and so creative recipe with swiss chard. fruit and nuts. Leave to you to come up with some flavorful creations. Your photography is stunning, along with your recipes. I hope life is going well for you my friend. Lots of love from W.W.

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    August 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    This sounds so tasty with the walnut, cranberries, raisins and all those wonderful veggies. What a wonderful recipe for a hot summer day to enjoy and know that you are eating so healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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      August 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Marla, and thanks for sharing! Hope your weekend has been fun 🙂

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    GiGi Eats
    August 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Swiss chard is a HIDDEN GEM in my opinion! It’s NOT utilized enough, so THANK YOU for doing just that with this recipe! Yesterday I went to the food tasting (for the wedding – EEKK!!) and they made braised salmon with rainbow chard… Um, YES and MORE YES! That is definitely happening – and I even mentioned yesterday how much I love chard and how I am sure people will think that the chard with the salmon is just a garnish. UH NO – that stuff is the best and pairs amazingly well with the love of my life, hahaha!

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      August 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      LOL, you are definitely a girl in love, GiGi! And I just knew you’d serve salmon – perfect with swiss chard and what a colourful plate it will make!

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