Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Oil is a simple recipe with a simple preparation but makes a huge impression with flavor! A wonderful leafy green vegetable with long white stems, Swiss chard is filled with vitamins and antioxidants, and it tastes sweeter than spinach! It is an overlooked vegetable by many shoppers simply because they don’t know what exactly it is or what to do.
Swiss chard is widely grown in southern Italy and our mom has been cooking with Swiss chard forever! You can find it in most supermarkets as all greens or in rainbow with red and green combination. Both taste the same.
This is a simple recipe that highlights the chard in a delicious broth.
Swiss chard steamed with tomatoes takes minutes to cook and is relatively inexpensive. It only requires just seven simple ingredients: Swiss chard, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper, dried oregano, ripe tomatoes and salt. No need to add any liquid or broth.
HOW to MAKE SWISS CHARD Steamed with Tomatoes:
First, chop the chard and rinse in a large pot under cold running water, then drain in a colander.
When you are done with that, you can start on cooking the garlic with some crushed red pepper in olive oil, and saute them for only 1 minute. Next, toss in the wet chard along with chopped ripe tomatoes, oregano and salt. Cover with a lid and cook and steam everything for about 10 to 14 minutes, or until the stems are tender to the bite. That’s it!
Swiss chard steamed with tomatoes makes a wonderful and flavorful broth. It’s SO good, you’ll be tempted to eat it with a spoon rather than a fork. Try dipping some crusty bread into the broth- yum!
Start adding Swiss chard to soups and stews. You can serve it alone as a first course, or as a side dish with any seafood or roast. We think you will be surprised at how flavorful this vegetable really is!
If you have never tried Swiss chard before, we highly recommend it. Aside from the vast amount of nutrition that you’ll be getting from this vegetable, you’ll also be amazed how delicious and how easy it is to prepare!
We hope this recipe will inspire you to buy some Swiss chard this week and get cooking!!
More Swiss Chard recipes?
Try some of these: Dad’s Favorite Vegetarian Italian Stew, Tuscan Tortellini Soup and Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans.
Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Oil
Author: 2 sisters recipes
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 to 6
Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Oil is a delicious dish, tastes sweeter than spinach and is ready in 20 minutes! Makes a wonderful side dish, stew or enjoy as a soup!
- 2 bunches of Swiss Chard - washed and chopped
- 7 garlic cloves - sliced
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 ripe tomatoes- chopped
- ¼ tsp. dried oregano
- 1 + ¾ tsp. Himalayan salt
- Chop Swiss chard ( about 1-inch thick) and rinse, submerging under cold running water in a large pot (an 8 quart size pot or larger). If the chard is full of soil, scatter some salt over the chard. Salt is a trick our mom used to help wash the soil off veggies. Drain in a colander. Repeat with the second bunch. Drain also in colander.
- Then rinse the pot, then dry the pot with a paper towel.
- Place the pot on the stove. And on medium heat, add olive oil, red pepper flakes and garlic. Saute garlic for 1 minute, to fragrant the olive oil, Do not brown the garlic. TURN off heat! (Have the lid to the pot nearby).
- Toss in the wet chard, chopped tomatoes, oregano and salt. COVER with the lid.
- TURN ON the heat again to medium-low heat. Cook the Swiss chard covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The chard will shrink down as it cooks.
- Then uncover, and lower the heat to simmer the chard for a few minutes more, and to allow some of the liquid to evaporate. Taste and adjust the salt, if needed.
- Turn off heat and COVER, let the chard stand and steam for 2 minutes more. Stems should be tender to the bite.
- Remove and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Serve warm.
- Yields: 4 to 6 servings
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Thanks for stopping by!
Anna and Liz
This post was originally posted in 2011. The content and recipe are the same, only photos have been updated.