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garlicky swiss chard with sun dried tomatoes & chickpeas

April 21, 2013

swiss chard salad 2

At the risk of sounding like an old fart I thought I would admit that we ate this dinner at 5 p.m. and were in bed by 8 p.m. Did I mention it was a Friday night? I received a text message from a girlfriend around 7:30 wondering if I was able to grab a drink and dinner with her. My first thought was “who the heck is texting me at this ungodly hour?” Once I realized it was only 7:30 I had to embarrassingly admit that I was in my pajamas and drinking Sleepy Time Tea, could she take a raincheck? This is our new reality…..No social life!

In any case, we don’t really mind. It’s hard to miss our social life when our brains are jam-packed with vegetable non-sense 24/7. I find myself too tired to care about my appearance, social activities, or anything that is not farm related at the moment.  I know this won’t be the case forever, but right now feeling like a social loser is totally okay by me. Besides, sleep is totally underrated and I can’t seem to get enough at the moment!

henry sleeping

Henry is the only one who seems to understand.


Enough talk about being a loser, let’s chat about swiss chard shall we? I love chard! It is one of those vegetables that seems to get overshadowed by kale. Don’t get me wrong, I am head-over-heels in love with kale. However, chard deserves a little attention too. Besides, it’s loaded with a ton of antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin K, Vitamin A, and lots of iron. Cheers to that!

This garlicky swiss chard, sun dried tomato & chickpea salad is so stinking good and easy that you literally have no excuse not to make it. Trust me folks, food like this is why we farm. Dig in!

brighter chard

Garlicky Swiss Chard with Sun Dried tomatoes and Chickpeas (serves 4)


2 TBS olive oil (divided)

2 bunches swiss chard, stems removed and coarsely chopped

1 cup veggie stock

2 large shallots, finely chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup of sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped

Juice from half a lemon

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 TBS of olive oil. Add chard and sauté for about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of veggie stock and cover. Cook until chard is tender (about 5 minutes) Remove chard from heat and drain through a fine mesh strainer.  Set aside.

In the same skillet heat the remaining oil. Add the shallot and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 3  more minutes.  Add chickpeas and sun dried tomatoes. Cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the chard. Cook until heated through (about 3 minutes)

Drizzle lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and crushed red pepper flakes. Serve and enjoy!

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23 thoughts on “garlicky swiss chard with sun dried tomatoes & chickpeas

  1. I adore chard as well. I have to plan to cook with kale, but chard is easy to throw into anything. It’s the new spinach 😉 Plus, I love how large the seeds are! So easy to plant!

  2. I haven’t tried much chard in my life but this dish has convinced me to give it a try .. plus I love how colourful the stalks are! Hope you got lots of sleep this weekend!

  3. Amy Jo says:

    ALL of your dishes make me hungry. If I ever need to build up an appetite, all I need to do is visit your blog. Perfect salad.

  4. Looks lovely! I just had some chard tonight 🙂 I think I buy kale more often because it takes longer for it to go bad? In any case, I love this combo!

  5. Loving this recipe. I definitely don’t eat enough variety of greens. I’ve bought swiss chard before and loved it, but it’s hard to get into the habbit of consistently buying and cooking something you didn’t grow up eating. These photos are definitely motivating me though!

  6. Julia says:

    Awwww you guys are working so hard it’s completely understandable you’re pooping out early! I go to bed early more often than not and I don’t even have the hard-working farmer excuse 😉 Your chard salad looks amazing! I LOOOOOVE sundried tomatoes and chickpeas – I can taste this fresh and delicious plate right through the screen!

  7. Sue says:

    Salad looks amazing…and don’t worry about going to bed early. I know exactly what you mean

  8. This salad sounds so delicious and flavorful!!! You surprise me each and every time with your amazing salad ideas. I can’t wait to dig in! Don’t even remember when was the last time I ate Swiss Chard.

  9. amy leclerc says:

    This looks RAD!

  10. We are the same person. And I promise if we ever hang out, we can grab dinner at 3pm, nice and early 🙂 but seriously, when someone texts me or I get IG-updates past 8 I’m like “WHOAAA people are up LAAATE!” I am 89 years old.

    I have never had Swiss chard before but I’m so intrigued by its colorful stalks! This looks SO perfect for a springtime salad!

  11. This is exactly what I’m in the mood for- I need to pick up some swiss chard! I love your new format by the way.. it has taken me a few weeks to adjust not going straight to your old website : )

  12. LOL! You sound like me! 8 pm is late! 🙂

    Are you harvesting Swiss Chard already? I am so jealous.

  13. Haha, I’m glad to see so many people are in the 8pm is late boat! I always thought I was the only loser ready to sail off into sleep at that hour 😉

    This dish look delicious, and I love the bright flavors all mixed up in it.

  14. Well, I eat dinner around 4 sometimes, so I guess that makes me even lamer, huh? I’m about ready to give up on growing Swiss chard–it never grows past 3-4 inches in my garden! What the heck?! I need to ply you for gardening info one of these days.

  15. This is an amazing meal for me, love how simple and tasty! Swiss chard when it comes from your own garden, is so incredible, completely different from the market stuff.

  16. Sophie33 says:

    I also grow swiss rainbow chard & love it too! It is so verstaile to use as well!
    A tasty & easy dish to prepare! 🙂 Yummm!

  17. Heather says:

    I made this for the 1st time and LOVED it. Served it with quinoa and loved the flavor combo. Husband said it was the best swiss chard yet!

    1. Andrea says:

      yay! so glad you liked it!

  18. Kate says:

    This. Is. So. Good! Used white beans instead of chick peas. Delicious and easy!

    1. Andrea says:

      Awesome! Glad to hear!

  19. Cory Raiton says:

    AWESOME recipe! Loved every bite (even the kids did too). Also really appreciated that everything was a basic pantry staple that we had on-hand. No need to do a separate shop to get this on the table. Will definitely make again. Thanks, Andrea!

  20. Michele says:

    Sounds tasty!

  21. Michele says:

    A fresh vegitarian recipe!

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