Swiss Chard with Grated Garlic

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This chard recipe is my new go-to green dish. I can literally go from picking chard from the garden to getting this on the table in under 10 minutes. And don’t let the humble ingredients list fool you … these greens are loaded with flavor. I recommend zipping and chopping the greens, then giving them a good rinse in a big bowl of cold water and spinning or straining them dry. A Microplane zester works best for this dish because it grates the garlic so finely as to make almost a paste. If you don’t have a Microplane zester, use the finest grater you have and cook a tad longer.

Swiss Chard with Grated Garlic

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Swiss Chard with Grated Garlic


  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  2. 12 cups cleaned, zipped and chopped Swiss chard (about 3 bunches)
  3. 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  4. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the chard and toss to coat. Cook for 3 minutes, until chard is well wilted.

Pour in remaining 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon oil. Grate the garlic onto the chard, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss several times to distribute the garlic and coat the leaves evenly. Cook for 2-3 minutes more, until chard is wilted and garlic is fragrant.


Cook Time: 5-6 minutes

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  • Janelle

    This is so delicious! I actually crave it for a few days after I fix it, so now I know to buy more Swiss Chard!

  • Lia Huber

    That is so awesome, Janelle. I know … it cooks down so surprisingly much. The people at the market look like I’m nuts, but I’m like, “hey … trust me, it’ll be gone in a FLASH!”