Sautéed Chard with Parsnip

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Sautéed Swiss chard with ribbons of parsnip. The sweet notes of the parsnip help brighten this lovely side of Swiss Chard.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Looking for an easy side dish of greens? Of course you are. We all need more greens in our diet, right? At least I do.

Chard is one of my favorite greens to cook because it’s more substantial than spinach (which seems to melt to nothing when you cook it), but more tender and less bitter than kale.

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Usually I just sauté chopped chard in olive oil with some garlic. This time I peeled a parsnip down to its tough core and tossed the parsnips ribbons in with the chard.

Oh my gosh, it’s so good! The sweetness of the parsnip ribbons play so well with the lightly bitter chard, and a dash of balsamic or lemon juice at the end brightens the whole dish.

So if you like chard, give it a try with some shaved parsnip! I think you’ll love the result.

Sautéed Chard with Parsnip Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 3


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large bunch of Swiss chard, thoroughly rinsed, thick center stem removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch wide ribbons
  • 1 medium sized parsnip root, peeled to remove the outer skin, then completely peeled into ribbons using the vegetable peeler (except for center if tough)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • A drizzle of balsamic vinegar or lemon juice


1 Sauté garlic in olive oil: Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.

2 Add chard and parsnip ribbons: Add the chard and ribbons of parsnip to the pan. Use tongs to turn over in the pan to coat with the olive oil and garlic. Keep turning until the chard begins to wilt. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lower the heat to low and cover the pan for a couple minutes.

3 Sprinkle with balsamic: Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar or lemon juice to serve.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Rosemarie higgins

    I’m going to try this. My daughter she brought chard from food Bank.

  2. Mark

    Hey I sautéed the chopped stems with onion garlic and rosemary for about 10 minutes with the lid on with a nob of butter, added 2 eggs to make a nice omelette with some finely diced red chilies num num num!

  3. Mary

    When I cook chard (especially rainbow), I chop the stem and cook it till tender before adding the leaves. What do you do with the removed stems?

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