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Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese Recipe

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This sauteed Swiss chard with parmesan cheese recipe is a bright, tasty, and easy side dish that is loaded with flavor in every bite. Fresh greens are chopped and sauteed with garlic and olive oil, and topped with lemon and freshly grated parmesan cheese in just 15 minutes.

This tasty recipe makes a great side with your favorite protein or pasta. A great one-pan recipe that’s an easy way to enjoy your greens!

sauteed swiss chard with parmesan cheese and lemon with garlic in a pan

If you’re looking for a simple and fantastic way to cook Swiss chard, this tasty sauteed greens recipe a great side dish! Sauteed in one pan, this 15-minute side dish is a great way to enjoy both the greens and colorful stems of Swiss chard.

You can find Swiss chard in season the spring or summer at local farmer’s markets. It has bright green leaves and colorful stems and is great cooked with garlic and a little olive oil.

This Sauteed Parmesan Swiss Chard Recipe Is

  • ​Bright
  • Easy To Make
  • ​Loaded with Flavor
  • Citrusy
  • Garlicky
  • Ready in 15 Minutes
swiss chard with red stems rainbow chard with bright green leaves and dark red stems chopped and separated

Ingredients for this Swiss Chard Recipe

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

Swiss Chard

You can use any kind of Swiss chard for this recipe, I used red. You can use rainbow chard, yellow, orange, or a mix of colors.

Olive Oil

For sautéing the garlic and greens together. Extra virgin olive oil has a light fruit flavor which tastes great.

Garlic

Fresh garlic cloves are best for this recipe, and gives this dish so much flavor.

Lemon

Fresh lemon juice is best for this recipe, instead of bottled. Fresh lemon is a great addition to the dish which adds brightness and flavor.

Parmesan cheese

I used freshly grated parmesan cheese, but you can use shredded too. If you don’t have fresh parmesan on hand, you can substitute Romano or even feta cheese if desired.

You can use regular parmesan cheese, a vegetarian parmesan (made without animal rennet), or a vegan version if desired.

Optional Add-Ins

You can add in thinly sliced onion if desired (either yellow or a small red onion).

Add red pepper flakes for a spicier version.

Add toasted pine nuts, walnuts, or sliced almonds for added crunch.

rainbow swiss chard sauteed with parmesan cheese and lemon and garlic on a plate ready in 20 minutes

How To Sauté Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the Swiss chard. Chop the Swiss chard stems, center ribs, and leaves, and separate them. The stems and ribs, and the leaves have different cooking times.
  2. In a large skillet or pan, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Heat the pan over medium heat, and add in the chopped stems. Sauté the stems for 7-8 minutes until they begin to soften.
  3. Add in the garlic, and sauté for an additional 2 more minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the Swiss chard leaves. Cover with a lid, and continue to cook on medium heat for 4 minutes until the leaves wilt.
  4. Remove the lid and add the lemon juice. Cover for 4 more minutes. Remove from heat, and add the freshly grated parmesan cheese, serve hot.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
a plateful of red chard with green leaves and fresh parmesan cheese and lemon

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sauteed swiss chard with parmesan cheese and lemon with garlic in a pan

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

This sauteed Swiss chard with parmesan cheese recipe is a bright, tasty, and easy side dish that is loaded with flavor in every bite.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 1/2-cup servings
Calories 103 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the Swiss chard. Chop the Swiss chard stems, center ribs, and leaves, and separate them. The stems and ribs, and the leaves have different cooking times.
  • In a large skillet or pan, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Heat the pan over medium heat, and add in the chopped stems. Sauté the stems for 7-8 minutes until they begin to soften.
  • Add in the garlic, and sauté for an additional 2 more minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the Swiss chard leaves. Cover with a lid, and continue to cook on medium heat for 4 minutes until the leaves wilt.
  • Remove the lid and add the lemon juice. Cover for 4 more minutes. Remove from heat, and add the freshly grated parmesan cheese, serve hot.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 317mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 806IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 0.3mg
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