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Chard with Pine Nuts and Feta Cheese Recipe

Chard with Pine Nuts and Feta Cheese Recipe

This chard recipe with pine nuts and feta cheese is a delicious way to get your greens, and the secret ingredient will surprise you!

Swiss Chard, or chard, comes in many colors, including red, white, and rainbow! It is in the same plant family as spinach and beets, and an excellent source of Vitamins C, E, and A, and the mineral Manganese. It has an earthy flavor, similar to spinach, and can be used in many quick and simple dishes, such as the one below.

A few years ago, I started a garden, and planted Swiss Chard. I am a lazy gardener for sure, and like plants to go to flower, which will eventually produce seeds. The plants then drop their seeds (replanting themselves), or the seeds get spread around the garden by birds, wind, and possibly other creatures. There’s less work involved, and more surprises as to what will be growing in my garden! I can live with that. If you’re wanting to grow some of your own food, definitely include chard. It’s great for container gardens as well, and can grow in partly shady conditions.

Serving Suggestions

If you’ve searched long and hard for a chard recipe that your family will eat, you’ve found it! Serve it alongside brightly flavored marinated carrot salad and Turkish-style braised leeks.

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Chard with Pine Nuts and Feta Cheese Recipe

The addition of cinnamon makes this dish special. It is perfect as a side dish, or a light dinner paired with another salad, or a heartier meal with the addition of ground beef or lamb. Also, try it with a fried egg on top for breakfast. 


Serving Suggestions: Chicken and Pinto Bean Stew, Marinated Carrot Salad

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine California, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch chard, about ½ pound, stems and leaves separated
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion, approximately 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • about 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Chop chard stems into bite sized pieces, and cut chard leaves into ribbons (you’ll have about 5 cups chopped leaves).

    In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, chard stems, garlic, salt, and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes or so. Add chard leaves, and cook, stirring occasionally, until chard is bright green, and barely wilted, about 3 minutes. Add black pepper. Serve immediately, garnished with pine nuts and crumbled feta cheese.



4 thoughts on “Chard with Pine Nuts and Feta Cheese Recipe”

  • Best chard dish I’ve ever had! Brilliant to cut and saute the stems along with the onion. The addition of cinnamon really puts this dish over the top. Great texture with the pine nuts and bite of the feta – all marry well together. Thanks for this yummy and healthy recipe.

  • I have to agree with Kim. This is so delicious, with many of my favorite ingredients. I never would have imagined using cinnamon with chard, but it’s amazing!

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