Recipe: Swiss Chard with Tomato and Feta

| September 22, 2007 | 3 Comments

Here’s another local dish (significance? check out Eat Local Challenge). I took some local ingredients – Swiss chard, a tomato, an onion – and made this fabulous side dish (see above, at top right). It went perfectly with the tangy panko chicken (recipe to come) and lemon feta cous cous. Mmmmm.

A note about Swiss chard: This leafy green is high in vitamins A, C and K. Plus it’s got a healthy dose of iron and fiber too. Talk about a good-for-you veggie! Although you can get chard any time of year, it’s most fresh from July-August (and we have a bit left here in Connecticut into September). It can be a bit bitter, but it isn’t in this recipe.

Swiss Chard with Tomato and Feta
serves 4

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch Swiss chard, washed and chopped (set stems aside and chop as well)
sea salt, to taste
ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup crumbled feta

Heat olive oil over medium in a large skillet. Add the onion, tomato, garlic and chard stems. Sauté over medium heat, stirring constantly, for five minutes.

Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for another five minutes.
Stir in the chard leaves, salt, pepper and water. Replace cover and cook for about 6 minutes more, or until the greens are bright and tender.
Remove from heat and stir in the feta cheese. Cover and let sit for one minute before serving.

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This local leafy green dish is a perfect entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, created by Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen. It’s being hosted this week by Myriam from Once Upon a Tart. Check out Myriam’s site on Monday for a round-up of other great recipes using herbs and veggies.

Category: Eating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening, vegetables, vegetarian

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Chef JP says:

    I really liked your recipe—I’m a big fan of Swiss Chard myself. Thanks, chefjp

  2. Kalyn says:

    Yumm. I love the combination here. I’m a big swiss chard fan, but for some reason I forgot to plant it this year!

  3. Sarah Caron says:

    Thanks Chef JP and Kalyn! I am a big fan of Swiss chard too. I can’t believe I only discovered it for the first time last year!

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