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Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes

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Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes along with garlic and olive oil is a delicious dish, tastes sweeter than spinach, and is ready in 20 minutes! A simple recipe with a simple preparation but makes a huge impression with flavor!  Swiss Chard is an overlooked vegetable by many shoppers simply because they don’t know what exactly it is or what to do with it.


A wonderful leafy green vegetable with long white stems, Swiss chard is a healthy green filled with vitamins and antioxidants, and it tastes so much better and sweeter than escarole and spinach!


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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 like all greens or in a rainbow with a red and green combination.  Both taste the same.

This is a simple recipe that highlights the Swiss chard in a delicious broth.


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Swiss chard steamed with tomatoes takes minutes to cook and is relatively inexpensive.  This recipe only requires 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 either, and you’ll see why.


How To Make Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes:

1.  First, chop the chard and rinse in a large pot under cold running water, then drain in a colander.


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2.  When you are done with that, you can start cooking the garlic with some crushed red pepper in olive oil and saute them for only 1 minute. 

3.  Next, toss in the wet chard along with chopped ripe tomatoes, oregano, and salt.

4.  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. 

And, try dipping some crusty bread into the broth- yum!


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You can serve this healthy green dish as a starter, as a light soup, 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 at how delicious and how easy it is to prepare!

Start adding Swiss chard to soups and stews and enjoy all the benefits this vegetable offers!

We hope this recipe will inspire you to buy some Swiss chard this week and get cooking!!





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Finally, a few more delicious recipes for Swiss Chard, try these:


Yield: 4 to 6

Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Oil

Swiss Chard Steamed with Tomatoes, Garlic & Olive Oil by

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 bunches of Swiss Chard - washed and chopped
  • 7 garlic cloves - sliced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 ripe tomatoes- chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 + 3/4 tsp. Himalayan salt


  1. 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 the colander.
  2. Then rinse the pot, then dry the pot with a paper towel.
  3. 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 the heat! (Have the lid to the pot nearby).
  4. Toss in the wet chard, chopped tomatoes, oregano, and salt. COVER with the lid.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Turn off heat and COVER, let the chard stand and steam for 2 minutes more. Stems should be tender to the bite.
  8. Remove and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Serve warm.
  9. Yields: 4 to 6 servings

This post was originally posted in 2011. The content and recipe are the same, only photos have been updated.

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Happy Cooking!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Anna and Liz


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  • Reply
    June 30, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. Made it tonight & followed it exactly ( something I rarely do) and it was amazing! My husband whoโ€™s a huge fan of Swiss Chard, absolutely loved it and even said,โ€this would make an outstanding soup !!

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      by Anna and Liz
      July 1, 2020 at 7:39 am

      Hi Deb! Welcome to our blog, it’s so nice to meet you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, it’s our mom’s recipe and it happens to by my husband’s favorite as well. I keep it on a weekly rotation, it’s that good. Thanks again!

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    Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
    January 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I was raised on swiss chard in my mother’s cooking and love it! Nice to see it shared in new recipes to try!

    Thanks Anna and Liz!

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      by Anna and Liz
      January 10, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you Roz!! It happens to be our favorite vegetable! Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Mmm I love swiss chard and am always looking for new ways to make it! Yum!

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    May 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    This looks amazing and I am one of those who passes up buying this vegetable for the same reason.But I REALLY have to try it now!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    January 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    oh this looks so delicious. I love me some green especially with these [email protected]! WOW

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    January 2, 2012 at 1:44 am

    what a wonderful way to start off the new year – so healthy and delicious
    mary x

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Swiss chard is by far my favorite leafy green! I love this simple delicious preparation!

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