Garlicky Swiss Chard with Olives, Parmesan and Raisins

This garlicky Swiss chard with olives, parmesan and raisins is a good way to get out of your plain sauteed chard with salt rut. #swisschard #olives #parmesan #raisins #vegetarian

my parents (more like my dad) normally saute their veggies with just salt. maybe garlic if they’re feeling fancy, but usually only when i’m home to mince the garlic. so this garlicky swiss chard with olives, parmesan and raisins registers as “fancy” to them. i don’t think so, but if you’re on their wavelength, then this is great if you need a veg for a potluck or need a little somethin somethin beside salt and maybe garlic. it’s also perfect to infuse some natural greenness into your body before eating too much candy tonight. yes, i am the person who blogs about chard on halloween.

i can’t say i have any big plans tonight, though hopefully there’s some studying involved (midterm on wednesday, sob). as a self-professed wimp and someone whose first reaction to stress, anger, frustration, loneliness, etc is usually crying, scary halloween things aren’t my fave. i went to a halloween night at a theme park back when i was in high school, and i was ready to sit out in the brightly lit haven called the Food Court after one maze. one, where the actors were more surprise-based than horror and creepy and gore-based. so really, i’m not too torn up about my lack of a spirited halloween this year.

but anyways, i love chard. it’s sweet in an earthy, vegetal way that i love. there’s no bitterness (kale), stringy bits (pea shoots), or irony aftertaste (spinach), only tender leaves and slightly crunchy stems. and then there’s some raisins involved, because i like adding a pop of sweet juiciness (they plump up ever so nicely when nestled amongst the hot chard) to everything. the briny olives and salty parm help this side dish stay on the savory side.

1 year ago: Quinoa Pilaf with Swiss Chard and Dried Apricots
2 years ago: (Vegetarian) Egg Gratin with Swiss Chard and Cherry Tomatoes (what can i say i like my swiss chard in oct)
3 years ago: Basic Waffles, Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie

The sweet raisins and briny olives pair nicely into this Swiss chard side dish. #swisschard #olives #parmesan #raisins #vegetarian

Garlicky Swiss Chard with Olives, Parmesan and Raisins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
This garlicky Swiss chard with olives, parmesan and raisins is the perfect vegetarian side dish for a weeknight meal.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, dried fruit, garlic, gluten-free, grain-free, green onions, kalamata olives, nut-free, olives, onion, parmesan, raisins, swiss chard, vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 144 kcal
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1 lb Swiss chard chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives these pictures have kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  1. Heat some oil in a large skillet. Saute the garlic and onion until the onion is translucent. Add the chard, and saute until tender. Remove from heat, and stir in everything else. Add salt to taste. Serve hot!

10 Replies to “Garlicky Swiss Chard with Olives, Parmesan and Raisins”

  1. I’d skip the haunted houses and scary mazes any day, so I’m with you on this one! Garlickly swiss chard is definitely the way to go. Love the addition of raisins!

    1. we can hide out in the food court and eat all the fries 😁 and same; the raisins add such a sweet surprise!

  2. GIMME! This registers as fancy for me, too, and since I’m a yoga teacher, I always need to have recipes that are veggie-friendly on deck. You can’t do cake all the time, as much as it pains me to say that!

    1. yoga and chard go together perfectly (or they would if i did yoga as much as i ate chard/veggies/etc). and sometimes i even crave chard, even more than cake (if it’s already been a sugar-filled day!).

  3. Yes please! I would love to have a big plate full right now.

  4. i’m always looking for more simple yet yummy ways to eat greens so i will have to give this a try! i love the contrast that the raisins and olives/parm provides.

    1. thanks, kate! it’s pretty simple (okay, not quite as simple as just salt or even no veggies at all!), but it’s amazing how only a few extra ingredients add so much flavor.

    1. thanks brian! i promise it is (:

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