For all you lettuce lovers out there, you know what the month of June means:  Swiss chard is in season.  As one of the sweetest of the cruciferous vegetables, Swiss chard is awesome by itself or tossed with a salad, so when you add garlic and lemon to this already goodness of greenery, it takes up a whole notch.  Sautéed lemon and garlic Swiss chard makes a great side dish for any meal or pairs perfectly tossed with pasta or quinoa.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


1 bunch fresh Swiss chard
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Prep Swiss chard by separating the stems from the leaves.  Not sure how to do it? Check out this handy Swiss Chard 101. Coincidence it was also written by me?  I think not.


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2.  Coat the bottom of the sauté pan with olive oil and add the stems first as they take much longer to cook than the leaves.


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3.  After about 5 minutes, add the roughly chopped leaf portions of the Swiss chard and add olive oil, if necessary.


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4.  Reduce heat and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until fully cooked.


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5. Finish off with a squeeze of lemon to serve and savor the tastes of summer.


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