Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Pine Nuts

Pam Ellingson


I love Swiss Chard, mostly because it is a member of the beet family and I love beets. I grow it every year in my garden, so I need lots of recipes using it. This is one I found through Williams-Sonoma. They call it a "wilted Salad", I call it really tasty.


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  • 1 to 2 large
    bunches swiss chard, about 1 1/4 to 2 lb
  • 3 slice
    bacon, cut in 3/4 in pieces and fried til crisp, reserve 1 tbsp rendered fat.
  • 3 Tbsp
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    pine nuts
  • 2 clove
    garlic cloves, minced
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste, (also used some johnny's seasoned salt)
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • ·
    juice of half lemon
  • 1 can(s)
    garbanzo beans drained and rinsed

How to Make Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Pine Nuts


  1. Trim the chard ribs from the leaves and wash separately. Drain the leaves in a colander. Chop leaves into about 1 to
    2 inch square pieces Cut the ribs into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Bring a pot three-fourths full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the ribs and cook until tender, 5-7 minutes. Drain.
  3. Saute bacon pieces in large fry pan until crisp. remove to paper towel and drain off all but 1 Tbsp fat.
  4. Put the chopped leaves in the large fry pan with about 4 Tbsp water or broth. Place over medium heat, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until they wilt, about 5 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook to evaporate any excess moisture. Stir in the cooked ribs, add garbanzo beans and remove from the heat.
  5. In a small fry pan over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil and pine nuts. Toast the nuts, stirring often, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to release its fragrance. Stir in lemon juice and brown sugar and 1 tsp salt.
  6. Add the garlic mixture to the chard, and stir well to coat the chard evenly. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

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About Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Pine Nuts

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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