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Sautéed Swiss Chard with Caramelized Shallots

This delicious sautéed Swiss chard recipe is buttery, garlicky and with balsamic caramelized shallots, it makes for a perfectly fancy dinner party side dish or an elegant way to add more healthy winter greens to your diet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 562kcal


  • cutting board & sharp knife
  • cheese grater
  • sauté pan


  • 8 leaves of Swiss chard
  • 8 oz. shallots - sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parmesan - grated
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • 1 tbsp. crushed, shaved almonds - optional


  • Slice shallots about half an inch thick until you have 8 oz. when sliced. Chop 7-10 fresh chard leaves and stalks about an inch long, and separate the chopped stalks from the leaves. Grate 2 tbsp. of fresh parmesan. Mince 4 large garlic cloves.
  • In a large sauté pan, add 2 tbsp. olive oil and sliced shallots. Sauté over medium heat until brown. About 5-8 minutes. When they look nice and brown, pour in 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar and turn off heat. Quickly mix shallots in the vinegar to coat, and allow them to sit in the pan as it cools for about 30 seconds to caramelize them. Remove shallots and set them aside.
  • Add 2 tbsp. salted butter and 2 more tbsp. olive oil to the pan. Over medium heat, add the chopped chard stalks and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté with the stalks for 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is a nice light brown.
  • Place the chopped chard leaves right on top of the stalks and garlic and allow it to wither down for about 2-4 minutes, then begin to move it around the pan to stir up the stalks and garlic below. Add caramelized shallots and grated parmesan. Gently mix ingredients together, sprinkle with fresh pepper and crushed, shaved almonds and serve. 


If you make this recipe a few hours before you serve it, you can simply store it in a container with a lid and refrigerate. To reheat it, sauté in a pan for just 5 minutes to heat it back up. I wouldn't microwave it, though, as it might lose some of its tenderness and look wilted.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 1149mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 12240IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 315mg | Iron: 5mg