sauteed swiss chard with garlic & lemon

garlicky swiss chard with lemon, foodletsI KNOW. YOU THINK YOU DON’T LIKE THIS. And you’re probably SURE the kids don’t. But they just might! Ours do, and I’m as amazed as you are.

This Swiss chard recipe is based on one of our favorite side dishes from Italy, bitter greens sauteed in olive oil. The kids love it. Plus there’s even more to love: the process is simple and it works for spinach and kale too.

Now if you thought I was bragging about the kids eating their greens, that’s nothing compared to this. We actually grew this Swiss chard in our new raised garden beds, something I’m way too excited about. Paul has been working on our beds after work and on weekends, with a little help from his dad. George is on hand too, though it’s ambitious to say he’s “helping”.

george helping build raised beds

BEFORE…raised garden beds in the making


IMG_8657And if you think we’re outdoorsy, just get a load of our neighbors.

crabtrees on tractorsAnd their fan club.

kids scrambling fenceESTELLE running in yardIMG_7872Pretty different from life in Rome. And still pretty great.

garlicky sauteed swiss chard with lemon
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Recipe type: garlicky sauteed swiss chard with lemon
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch swiss chard, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: juice of one lemon
  1. In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add swiss chard and stir for about 3 minutes while it wilts. Add garlic, wine, salt and pepper and let wilt further, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. When ready to serve, top with freshly squeezed lemon juice if using.




  1. Rachel says

    I used Meyer Lemon because my 2 year old is not crazy about lemon (but everyone else is) and it was really good – lemony but delicate!

  2. Katie says

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking for more ways to incorporate greens into our daily meals. I raise some very picky eaters!

    • charityc says

      Hi Katie! And boy I hear you. Most of my meals end up with a couple of thumbs ups, maybe one in the middle and almost always one down. Sigh. I hope this one works well for you guys. It really is great!


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