Swiss Chard

Look for these brightly colored greens at your local farmers market or grocery store. When you're cooking with chard you can use their colorful stems, but cook them longer than the leaves. They taste great sautéed in oil and spices, with other vegetables or alone (see Sautéed Greens recipes below).

How to Select

Select chard with fresh green leaves.

How to Store

Store unwashed leaves in plastic bags with some air holes in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

How to Prepare

Separate leaves from stems. Rinse in cold water. Cook stems longer than leaves. Chard cooks down in volume, so use more raw greens than final dish calls for. Chop in salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Steam, microwave or boil in water or flavored broth. Sauté, stir-fry or braise in oil and spices, with other vegetables or alone. Add to casseroles, soups, sauces, pasta, and egg dishes.