Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sautéed Red Swiss Chard with Lemon & Coriander {Recipe}

We get an organic produce basket delivered each week, and its contents are always unique (based on availability, season, etc.) giving us ample opportunity to try new dishes & methods of preparation. A recent box contained red swiss chard, a vibrant leafy green with bright crimson stalks.

According to, it ranks second only to spinach in terms of nutrient-richness and is a unique source of a family of phytonutrients called betalains which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. So yup, it's healthy stuff!

In a throw-together meal, my husband whipped up a super-simple side using the chard which ended up being surprisingly delicious, so I knew I had to blog it. This week we received red chard in our basket once again, so I picked hubby's brain to make sure I had the details right, and got to work!

Tangy, aromatic and flavourful, this dish would match well with Mediterranean fare such as broiled white fish and roasted potatoes.

Sautéed Red Swiss Chard with Lemon & Coriander

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings

  • 1 bunch red swiss chard (about 7-8 stalks)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed


Remove the stems from the swiss chard and rough chop the leaves.

Chop the onion into thin slices.

On medium heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil until cooked and beginning to brown, about 5-6 minutes. (Note - I used a dutch oven but a sauté pan or skillet would work fine as well.) Add the chard, lemon juice and coriander, and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Continue to sauté, stirring frequently, until the chard is wilted and tender - about another 5-6 minutes.

Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

Do you enjoy eating swiss chard, or red swiss chard? What are your favourite recipes using leafy greens?


  1. This looks really yummy! I've been wanting to try swiss chard but wasn't sure what to do with it. So you don't eat the stalks?

    1. Hey Kathleen, only recommends eating the stems of the white variety; the coloured ones are very tough.

  2. YUM! I love swiss chard and have it this way often, though I've never used coriander before. I'm going to have to give this a try!

  3. I love quick, easy, healthy recipes. Haven't cooked with red swiss chard yet. Gonna try this out.

  4. I love sauteed Kale and Spinach so I would most definitely love this.
    Great fresh recipe.

  5. Wow, thanks for the recipe! I have never made any kind of swiss chard, as I had no clue how to prepare it. However, my family embraces a healthy diet and lifestyle, so I am definitely going to try your recipe. I could use another source of green for the family.


  6. Oh I adore chard - this looks so good.

    Do link up at the veggie link up The Mommy Archive, Alice x