Lemon-Garlic Rainbow Chard Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Lemon-Garlic Rainbow Chard Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Lemon-Garlic Rainbow Chard

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"I love greens, garlic, and lemon! This blends all three for an awesome-tasting side dish."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Separate the stems of the chard from the leaves. Cut the leaves into thin strips and set aside. Thinly slice the stems.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Stir in the sliced garlic, red pepper flakes, and chard stems, and cook for 3 minutes until the flavor of the garlic mellows and the stems begin to soften. Stir in the shredded chard leaves, cover, and cook 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir, recover, and continue cooking until the chard is tender. Toss with lemon juice to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 18, 2011

First attempt cooking chard and it was really yummy! Only gave it four stars as I didn't have red pepper flakes so can't say I followed the recipe to a "t". Great as is though!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 04, 2015

It was fun to watch the Rainbow Swiss Chard grow - this recipe had such great ratings, I was excited to try it with our home-grown Chard. It was gross. Maybe I added too much Rainbow Swiss Chard? "Three bunches" seems like a very vague amount. I ended up with about 10 cups of chopped stems and 8 cups of shredded leaves. I tried a bite, and it was so disgusting, I couldn't make my children try it.. Perhaps we're just not "greens" loving folks? I don't think I'll grow Rainbow Chard again next year...


56 Ratings

Nov 22, 2011

I tried & cooked chard for the first time & it was delicious. I'll make it again, maybe adding pine nuts.

Sep 03, 2011

My family (husband and 7 yr old son) loved this. I added zest from half the lemon the last minute of sauteeing the stems. We like our food lemony.

Dec 21, 2012

I should have taken a photo. Using rainbow chard, this dish was not only tasty, it was pretty, too! I added half a yellow onion-- finely diced-- and a small shallot (it was an allium extravaganza!), and I think I used a little more lemon than recommended. Finished it off with some Frank's Red Hot sauce to taste (the red pepper flakes just didn't quite do it for me), and boom! Tasty greens. Really well-rounded flavor. My boyfriend had seconds! I will definitely be making this again and possibly apply the lemon-garlic flavor to other more bitter greens (collard, turnip, etc.).

Mar 30, 2014

Swiss chard, especially prepared this way, is something I grew up eating. I enjoy it so much I even grow it myself. For those unfamiliar with it you must try it, and the submitter has written the method for preparing it perfectly. As for the measurements, I’m sure it was difficult to get it all down on paper exactly for purposes of writing and submitting the recipe, so just season to taste.

Jan 30, 2013

This was my first time making chard, and what a success, thanks to this recipe! Even my hubby, the hater of all things green, went back for seconds and kept saying how good it was. I only had red chard, but I imagine the rainbow char is even prettier and colorful. I put in a few extra pinches of red pepper flakes and it was the perfect amount of spice. We loved the added brightness from the lemon. A keeper!

Aug 14, 2012

Delicious and simple! We also leave the red pepper flakes out and cook the chard in 1/4 cup of chicken stock, drizzling the oil and lemon on afterward. We add salt too!


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  • Calories
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 20.7 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 364 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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