garlicky chard with leeks.

garlicky chard

I love chard. Sometimes even more than I love kale. I know. Blasphemy. 

There is something about the unique flavor (and seriously beautiful stalks of the rainbow variety) that make it a lot of fun to cook with. And look at. And eat.

In the spirit of working in more greens each day, this easy side dish is a delicious way to meet your green quota, spice up dinner, and save some time in the kitchen. Most recently, I used this as a bed for a mix-up of chickpeas and navy beans, perfect for an evening where I was feeling uninspired by grains. (Do you ever have those?) This would be great paired with any protein you're digging, or perhaps with any of these dishes:

Coconut Curry Lentils with Squash Medallions
Roasted Tomato Garlic Quinoa
Black-eyed Pea Mashup

I added some gomasio this time around: it's my other newest obsession. Gomasio is a traditional Japanese condiment made by combining sesame seeds and sea salt. The sesame to salt ratio can be anywhere from 4:1 to 7:1, depending on your taste. Most commercial brands are somewhere in the middle. This particular one is the 'black and tan' variety, combining both golden and black sesame seeds. I love the extra texture they bring to the dish (to any dish, really), and as an added bonus, sesame seeds are a terrific source of calcium. (In addition to these greens, I've also been adding gomasio to quinoa + black beans with a little bit of avocado oil. Try it. Really.)

garlicky chard

But for now, I know you're here for the garlicky chard, and I don't blame you.

Grab your chard, your leeks, your garlic, and your coconut oil. Let's make this nutritious goodness happen.

garlicky chard with leeks
Better-than-restaurant sauteed greens. This flavorful side dish is packed with fiber, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Also, it's so yummy and takes no time at all to make. Pair it with a meat-less side or your favorite whole grain for a super satisfying meal.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 4 loosely packed cups rainbow chard, chopped (including stalks)
  2. 2 leeks, washed well and sliced into thin strips
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  5. 1 tsp gomasio (a blend of sesame seeds and sea salt)
  6. salt + pepper to taste
  1. 1. Place a cast iron frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and heat until melted.
  2. 2. Add leeks and garlic, sauteeing until fragrant and softened - about 2 minutes.
  3. 3. Add chard. Stir to coat with oil, garlic, and leeks. Continue to sautee for another minute.
  4. 4. Cover pot with a lid and let sit about 2 minutes longer, until chard is wilted.
  5. 5. Transfer to serving dishes, flavor with gomasio/salt/pepper, and serve.
  1. Remove the last 1/2" of stem from each chard stalk.
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