Rainbow Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

  Yesterday, I had the chance to buy the most good looking Swiss Chard I ever seen, or I ever knew existed.  Now, that the temperatures (finally) have  fallen, the farm markets are packed with green and leafy produce. Fresh cabbage, deep green onion, red and round radishes, crispy spinach and RAINBOW colored Swiss Chard.  Sunday, we spend  the morning in Coin ecological farm market and as always, we returned home with some great findings. By far, the “star” of my shopping bag was of course, this amazing looking vegetable. Don’t you agree with me? Just look at it!  It was love at first sight. So, after searching an entire  evening for a recipe, good enough so I can  pay my “respects” to this wonder of nature, I modified  one found on “Chowhound ” and the result was worth sharing with you.

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

 Ingredients:

1 bunch of  rainbow Swiss Chard (or green one) washed and drain well

1 cup brown lentils

1 small yellow onion (diced)

2 garlic gloves (crushed)

1/2 cup Feta cheese

salt & pepper

ground cumin

fresh cilantro

olive oil and red wine vinegar

Preparation:

Wash the lentils and cooked them in salty water until soft but still with a bite to them. Drain well and let cool off.

Cut off the stems at the base of the leaves and slice them crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces. Set aside. Stack the leaves, cut them in half lengthwise, then coarsely chop, set aside.

Heat 1 Tbs of the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, season with cumin, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the chard stems, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the chopped chard leaves, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes.

Let the leaves cool well, (I personally  drained the juices left by the chard)

Mix  well together the greens and the lentils

Add red vinegar, fresh cilantro, Feta cheese some extra virgin olive oil (if you prefer) and mix

Serve at room temperature.

Swiss Chard Salad

Swiss Chard Salad

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