Are you trying to eat something green and healthy at least once a day? This sweet and sour Swiss chard with turkey bacon is a great change of pace!
Do you like cooking with Swiss chard?
If you’ve never tried it before, this leafy green is similar to beet greens and spinach. It’s slightly bitter when raw, but once cooked, it picks up a mildly sweet taste similar to spinach.
One of my favorite ways to prepare it is this recipe for sweet and sour Swiss chard! I love that it includes both the stems and the leaves, and the bit of turkey bacon sprinkled on top adds just the right amount of salt and crunch!
If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy some greens throughout the week, definitely give this simple dish a try.
How to make sweet and sour Swiss chard
This tasty recipe comes together with basic ingredients in just 5 easy steps.
Step 1: Cook the turkey bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Step 2: Add the olive oil to the skillet, then add the garlic, shallot, and chard stems. Cook until the shallot and chard stems soften, about 2 minutes.
Step 3: Add the cider vinegar with the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Step 4: Add the chard leaves and toss until the greens have wilted, about 5 minutes.
Step 5: Season with pepper and serve with bacon sprinkled on top.
Enjoy your nutrient-packed plate of green!
This dish is delicious with chard. However, if you can’t find any or simply don’t care for it, any type of green leafy vegetable will do. Try substituting kale, watercress, dandelion greens, or anything else you find at your farmers’ market.
For a vegetarian option, you can omit the turkey bacon. You may want to sprinkle some shredded Parmesan on top to add that bit of salt and texture.
If you want something meatier, on the other hand, you’re welcome to use pork bacon instead of turkey bacon!
These tasty greens are great to enjoy hot out of the pan, but they also make a quick and easy side to have ready in your fridge.
Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I recommend storing the turkey bacon separately so it doesn’t become soggy.
Other swiss chard recipes
Swiss chard is a lot of fun to cook with, especially when you find the right flavor combinations. If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate this ingredient, here are few recipes I think you’ll enjoy:
- Lentil Swiss Chard Soup with Orange Zest
- Potatoes with Swiss Chard Pesto
- Tofu Scramble with Swiss Chard
When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Sweet and Sour Swiss Chard
- 3 slices turkey bacon (cut crosswise into matchsticks)
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 shallot (cut in half and thinly sliced)
- 1 bunch Swiss chard (stems removed and thinly sliced, leaves chopped)
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Cook the turkey bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
- Add the olive oil to the skillet, then add the garlic, shallot, and chard stems. Cook until the shallot and chard stems soften, about 2 minutes.
- Add the cider vinegar with the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the chard leaves and toss until the greens have wilted, about 5 minutes.
- Season with pepper and serve with bacon sprinkled on top.