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sauteed swiss chard on a plate with sliced almonds on top

Easy Sautéed Swiss Chard

Easy sautéed Swiss chard is a simple side dish for any meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 95kcal
Author Ashley C.


  • 1 large bunch of fresh Swiss chard washed (rainbow chard)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional)


  • Cut or tear away the stems from the leaves. Cut the stems into 1/2 inch pieces. Coarsely chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the chopped Swiss chard stems and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped chard leaves and stir. Lower the heat to low, cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the leaves are wilted.
  • Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper. Garnish with almonds.


Nutritional information does NOT include optional almonds. 
Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
Storing: Cooked Swiss chard can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days before reheating in a skillet and serving. The longer it sits, the mushier it will become.
Freezing: Because of the high water content and delicate structure of this leafy green, freezing is not recommended. 
Make-Ahead: You can prepare your Swiss chard ahead of time by chopping and adding to an airtight container with a paper towel at the bottom to catch any moisture. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days before sautéing and serving. 


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9174IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg