To make chopped salad with Swiss chard, place 1/4 cup of sliced shallots in a large bowl; whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard and 1 1/2 tablespoons of apricot preserves; chop Swiss chard; add it to the bowl, tossing the greens to coat them in dressing; and add toppings such as chickpeas, toasted walnuts and scallions. Swiss chard goes well with many recipes, including salads, sides and entrées.
To make a quick and simple side dish, sauté 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic in olive oil for approximately two minutes before adding 10 ounces of chopped Swiss chard and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook the greens for two to three minutes until the chard just begins wilting. Stir 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper into the pan. Serve the sautéed Swiss chard with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese.
Use Swiss chard to add an earthy element to a main dish recipe, such as orecchiette with sausage and Swiss chard. First, cook the pasta in boiling salted water until it's very al dente. Drain the pasta, and transfer it to a large bowl, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Meanwhile, brown hot Italian sausage in a heavy-bottomed pot set over medium-high heat. Add roughly chopped Swiss chard, and let it cook for two to three minutes before adding the pasta water.
Simmer the mixture for one minute, and add cooked cannellini beans and the pasta. Let the pot simmer for another two minutes or so before taking it off the heat and stirring in lemon zest, lemon juice, butter and olive oil. Season the dish with chopped fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese before serving it.