Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes Recipe -
Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes

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"Beans and greens are a perfect combination, earthy and satisfying. This recipe for Swiss chard with garbanzo beans, onion, and fresh tomatoes is brightened with lemon juice and makes a perfect vegetarian main dish or a tantalizing side dish for fish or meat."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in shallot and green onions; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Stir in garbanzo beans, and season with salt and pepper; heat through. Place chard in pan, and cook until wilted. Add tomato slices, squeeze lemon juice over greens, and heat through. Plate, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 01, 2008

This was an excellent, easy-to-make, one-pan dish. My girlfriend and I managed to chop all the ingredients and cook this dish in about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Based on some of the reviews that said the dish was a little bland, I added 2 tsp of crushed chili pepper and about 1 tsp of cayenne pepper to punch it up a bit. It added just a little spicy which is the way I prefer most of my food. I doubled the portions and ate this as a vegetarian main dish (along with some whole grain bread). Added to the Recipe Box and will make again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 03, 2008

This was only so so. Definitely needed more chick peas. Even with them, it was bland. If I try to make this again, I might add more spices. It was just boring.

Mar 15, 2008

This was a good way to use chard -- light yet hearty. I used significantly less olive oil, an entire can of garbanzos, an entire can of diced tomatoes, and added a clove of garlic. I also used leeks instead of onions and shallots, because that's what I had on hand.

Sep 08, 2009

I loved this, but then maybe I'm biased because I grew up on stuff like this with it's classic and simple Italian flavors and ingredients! Swiss Chard has always been my favorite vegetable and is sweeter and more tender than other greens (also great for adding to soups). The stalks need extra cooking time, so I sliced and cooked them separately in boiling, salted water until tender. Not wanting to open a can of garbanzo beans for just a half cup, I used the full can. I left out the green onion, but added extra shallots and fresh minced garlic. Adding the lemon at the end was something I don't generally do, but enjoyed. For those looking for old-fashioned, traditional Italian cooking and need an Italian side dish to complete their meal, this is a great and authentic choice.

Feb 19, 2008

I've been having a hard time finding really good recipes for my garden-grown swiss chard, and finally I've found one! I served it with lamb, but it would go great with many things. Even my husband who has been avoiding any green thing from the garden liked this.

Feb 24, 2008

This is excellent. So wholesome! I mixed in some goat cheese near the end, and make this side dish a meal! I also used canned tomatoes.

Feb 14, 2008

Swiss chard is a favorite here, in quiche, sauteed as a veg, etc. Get a good loaf of bread. I had a multi grain organic. Start the saute with the chopped shallots and 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms. S&P lightly with each addition. I had cannelleni beans on hand, and used a 1 lb can, drained and rinsed. Since it's mid winter, I subbed one 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes in puree. Sprinkle in some pasta or Italian seasoning and freeze dried basil. Add in the chard and chopped stems. Add a bit of veggie "broth from the box" if needed. Cover and cook a bit. Just let the chard shrink a bit, and not get grey. Then nestle a few eggs into spoon hollows in the veggie stew. Cover, and check every three minutes. Mine took about 9 minutes on very low to give perfectly set, not runny eggs with creamy yolks.

Mar 31, 2008

Very tasty! I took the suggestions to add extra garbanzo beans, garlic, and onion, and it turned out great.


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  • Calories
  • 122 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.3 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 253 mg
  • 10%

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

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