Simple Sautéed Swiss Chard

Swiss chard in the field

One of Dan’s all-time favorite sides is a simple sauté of Swiss chard with garlic and salt. I brightened his version with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. You could also try adding chopped fresh herbs or a different fat to change the flavor. So many possible variations for this nutrient-packed green!

Scroll down for the printable recipe. Enjoy!

simple sauteed Swiss chard

Simple Sautéed Swiss Chard

Quick and easy Swiss chard sauté for the perfect side dish or snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: swiss chard
Servings: 2


  • 1 12" cast iron skillet


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-8 large leaves Swiss chard ribs and stems removed and chopped, leaves torn or chopped  (about 6 cups leaves/ribs/stems)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • finishing salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add olive oil and heat until shimmery.
  • Saute garlic 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Add sauteed Swiss chard. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until wilted, tossing often.
  • Add lemon juice and saute 30 seconds more.
  • Remove from heat. Add finishing salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Add chopped fresh herbs, or try a different fat (like butter or bacon fat) to change the flavor of this simple dish. The variations are endless!

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