Sauteed Swiss chard with onion, garlic, jalapeno, and olives is a fitting accompaniment to fish, chicken, or pork. The winelike hues of Kalamatas, which are cured in red-wine vinegar, stand out in this verdant dish.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2002


Credit: Charles Watson

Recipe Summary



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Separate leaves from the stems of the Swiss chard. Roughly chop leaves, and set aside. Cut stems into 1-inch pieces.

  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno, and saute until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes. Add Swiss chard stems, olives, and the water; cover, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in Swiss chard leaves; cover, and continue cooking until stems and leaves are tender, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Don't worry if your pan seems overcrowded with the chard; it will quickly wilt and lose most of its volume as it cooks. Cooking the stems a bit longer than the leaves will ensure that they become perfectly tender. If you prefer, seed the jalapeno pepper before using.