Swiss Chard with Onions & Garlic

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


6 servings

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
I like to make this sauteed Swiss chard a main dish by serving it with pasta, but it’s also a tasty side dish all on its own. My boys love it and ask for it often. —Rebekah Chappel, Portales, New Mexico
Swiss Chard with Onions & Garlic Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard, coarsely chopped (about 16 cups)
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Add vinegar, stirring to loosen any browned bits from pot. Add remaining ingredients; cook 4-6 minutes or until chard is tender, stirring occasionally.

Swiss Chard with Onions & Garlic Tips

What part of the Swiss chard do you eat?

All parts of Swiss chard can be eaten. Depending on how you plan on cooking the recipe, you may need to cook the stems separately from the leaves because they are heartier and will take a little longer to cook. Otherwise, add the stems in first before the leaves. Once they are slightly tender, add in the leaves and cook for a few minutes longer.

What does Swiss chard taste like?

Raw Swiss chard is quite bitter, but once it’s cooked it has a milder flavor and the bitterness becomes more muted and is comparable to spinach.

What does Swiss chard go well with?

This recipe can be a whole meal in itself served with pasta, or can be the perfect side dish to many recipes. Once you've learned how to cook Swiss chard, you may want to serve it with everything! Try it as a side to roasted chicken or any of our favorite fish recipes.

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 159 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch.