Swiss Chard with Lemon Dressing

Good morning! Spring has finally decided to show up here in Seattle. The sun is out, the cherry trees are blossoming, and as usual – it’s freezing cold! But I won’t complain, I’m just happy to see the sun!

Swiss Chard - So colorful and pretty!

This past fall, Dan and I were trying to be adventurous in our eating, and decided to pick up some swiss chard at a farmers market. We tried to eat it like a salad, but it was very hard and bitter. Needless to say, we were not impressed with it. Then, in January when Dan’s mom was visiting, we went to Tom Douglas’ Serious Pie. Besides all the delicious pizza, we ordered a kale salad that turned my life upside down. There was lemon, peppers, pine nuts and parmesan. When we received a colorful batch of swiss chard in our Full Circle box a couple weeks ago, I was adamant about recreating the salad – sans parmesan. I looked up a few recipes online, then decided to make mine up and just go with it.

Perfect winter salad - swiss chard with lemon dressing!

  • 1 bunch swiss chard
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove chopped garlic or 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Wash the chard and cut off the stems. Chop up the chard and place it in a serving bowl. In a separate bowl, juice the lemon, add olive oil and garlic.

I love my new juicer

Mix together, then pour on the chard. Chop up the carrots and add to the bowl. Massage the dressing into the chard for about 5 minutes. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Massaging the chard helps softens it and really works the dressing into it. Chop up the apple and add it to the salad. Salt and pepper to taste, et voila! You have the perfect winter salad to accompany your dinner.

Swiss Chard Salad


Filed under Recipes, Vegan

7 responses to “Swiss Chard with Lemon Dressing

  1. It will definitely be a fresh salad to have in the summer, though it’s only Spring now!
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  2. Frank B

    I just made this. Had some chard, needed a recipe, went online and there you were. Better yet, I actually had all of the ingredients!

    Like you, I’ve always found chard a little bitter. It appears you’ve found the solution.

    I’m eating it right now. It’s simple and good, and the massaging made all the difference. (I recommend gloves, because if you have any cuts on your hands…)


  3. Frank B

    PS: Congrats on the Vegan switch. Did it myself a year and a half ago. Lost twenty lbs. in the first month, kept it off and feel great. I think you’ll find you can indulge a little more and get away with it.

  4. I can’t wait to try this as a topping for chard quiche!: Chopped apple, shredded carrot, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic – thick, like salsa. Thanks FatKid!!

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