Lemony Swiss Chard with Fried Capers and Garlic

  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 25 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min




  • 2 bunches Swiss Chard
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 8 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • juice from 1 lemon


Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Tear the swiss chard into large pieces, separating the central stalk from the leaves. Cut the stalks into 2″ long pieces. Put the chard stalks into the boiling water first and cook for 10 minutes. Add the leaves and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the leaves and stalks are tender. Drain and set aside.

Heat up 2 tablespoons of the olive oli in a saute pan that is large enough to accomodate the swiss chard. When the oil is hot, add the capers and cook for about 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the parsley and cook another 1-2 minutes.

Add the swiss chard and toss to cover the chard with the caper garlic mixture. Add the last tablespoon of olive oil and the butter. Add the lemon juice and thoroughly toss to mix in. Sprinkle with the crushed red pepper flakes and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve as a side dish or do as I did last night and lay a piece of fish on top and enjoy!

Source: CSA Member Adrienne Usher via Food52
“This has got to be my new favorite swiss chard recipe. I belong to a farm CSA and have been having a lot of fun working with whatever shows up. I’ve been getting a lot of greens lately, and needed to develop some variety in my recipes. I love the flavors of fried capers and garlic and started from there when developing this very easy recipe. I think I’ve had it now 4 nights in a row!”


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