To finish off my curried honey dijon roasted chicken dinner I was looking for something green. As luck would have it I had just come across a new way to enjoy greens; catalan spinach on Spain…On The Road Again . The original recipe called for spinach but I figured that it would work with pretty much any green leaf vegetable and since I have been enjoying swiss chard lately I decided to go with that. One of the things that I like about swiss chard is that it can be a little bitter and I liked the sound of adding some sweet raisins to it. This side dish is easy to make and comes together in a matter of minutes. I quite enjoyed serving the swiss chard this way. It was a really nice simple combination of flavours and textures and it went well with the rest of the meal.
Chard Sauteed with Raisins and Pine Nuts
- 1 table spoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons dried currants (or raisins)
- 1 bunch swiss chard (rinsed and shaken dry and chopped)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the pine nuts, raisins and swiss chard stalks and saute until the pine nuts start to brown, about 2 minutes.
- Add the swiss chard until it wilts, about 3 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper.
I have been adding sauteed greens to our menus more often. I am always on the lookout for news ways to prepare spinach, swiss chard, escarole, etc.
Thanks for the beautiful photo and recipe.
That looks and sounds delicious! And I am not a fan of raisins, I am actually pretty surprised how great it sounds to me. I bet the sweetness of the raisins goes perfectly with the bitterness in the greens.
That does sound like the perfect light and flavorful accompaniment, Kevin– and it’s great it has such few ingredients, too! I might use spinach, though– even if beets grow here for some reason some guy keeps all the chard hidden somewhere!
Drunken Bear says
It looks fantastic! Does swiss chard taste sweet?
I’m OBSESSED with swiss chard, raisins, AND pine nuts; yet I’ve never enjoyed all 3 in one dish – you just inspired me to do so!! 😀
The raisins are great with this sauteed chard and that curried chicken you mentioned, man, I can just imagine the medley of flavours.
Coffee and Vanilla says
What a good idea Kevin, back home my mom used to make soup from Swiss Chard… I must try it your way 🙂
Mrs Ergül says
another way to prepare green! this looks good and quick!
That looks great! I have made a dish somewhat similar with spinach and raisins and it was fabulous… So this dish looks very tempting!
red chard is my favorite vegetable! i eat it every day. this looks great 🙂
Susan C says
I just bought a BIG (think small pillow)bag of spinach from my local produce market for $3.49. I have given some away, eaten spinach salad two days in a row and made spinach florentine. I STILL have spinach left.
So I think I’ll be making this with spinach instead of chard. I love the idea of adding something sweet and crunchy.
mmmm..good move on the raisins!
This looks really simple and delicious. I love chard!
Swiss chard is my most favorite vegetables. In fact, I grow them in my vegetable garden year after year. Healthy, lots of fiber, and delicious! It is hardly need any seasoning, olive oil, pine nuts, and currant will be perfect! Delicious, Kevin!
Kevin, this is such a lovely combination and your photograph is absolutely beautiful.
I’m not a huge raisin lover, but this does look really good.
I just picked up some chard. Looks great
swiss chard is so gorgeous!! and i like the little bit of sweetness from the raisins with these greens 🙂
I love chard, I love pine nuts, but I HATE raisins . . . to the extent that I will buy raisin bran, then pick out and throw away the raisins before eating it.
Will the recipe work without the raisins?
This looks fabulous. I still have chard in my garden, that is if it has survived the snow! Darn snow anyway.
Love this! I make something very similar. Very healthy, tasty and Fall-like!
Kevin, that looks delicious! YUM
Like others, I’ve made this before with spinach, what a great idea for chard.
Now this looks fantastic! Great presentation for chard and the flavor combination must be insanely delicious. Definitely have to put this recipe to the test (and soon)!
I was so enticed by the catalan spinach on the Mario Batali show, too! Thanks for this recipe – I’m sure it’s great with chard as well.
This looks gorgeous. It reminds of a tapa that we always get at a local Spanish Restaurant. Thanks!
mmmm i love swiss chard. it sounds lovely with raisins and pine nuts… i’ll bet it went perfectly with your chicken!!
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Beautiful side dish. I often find chard to be quite bitter, and in need of some sweetening.
veggie belly says
I love chard and pine nuts but never had them together. This looks healthy and delicious! Thanks for visiting my blog and leading me to yours 🙂
Kevin, I am not a fan of greens, but I think I could eat that. If you got my attention you did good.
Looks good. I love the flavors, textures and colors. A healthy and delicious side dish.
Manger La Ville says
This sounds super yummy. I love dried fruit with chard. I used to make caramelized shallots, kale and currants. Can’t wait to make it. Plus it is o good for you.
It looks yummy and sound delicious.I will surely give it a try.
I dont’ use swiss chard very often – don’t ask me why – I just never think to pick it up. I’ll have to do a mental readjustment
so weird! this is exactly what I had for dinner last night, although mine also had capers in it.
Looks lovley and sounds lovely!
I made it without raisins for Chuck and it worked beautifully. Probably not as sweet as it should have been but it was a great, healthy side dish.
My husband’s doctor has urged him repeatedly to incorporate more dry fruits into his diet to maintain regularity.
Since he liked this so much I am going to use the raisins next time, in an attempt to follow “doctors orders!”