By Dianne Bunis
This is a popular Mediterranean dish -- sautéed chard flavored with rich bacon, shallots, garlic and walnuts. Swiss chard is a unique source of phytonutrients providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. Chard is an excellent source of vitamins C, A, K, B-complex and iron ... sounds too healthy? Try it as a side to your main dish. You might just fall in love with a new green!
Swiss chard with shallots, bacon and walnuts
2 strips thick cut bacon, no nitrates
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot (1/4 cup), finely minced
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
1 cup organic white button mushrooms, wash well and slice
1 large bunch of fresh organic Swiss red chard, rinsed stems and leaves separated, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2-3 whole walnuts, chopped
Sea salt, freshly ground pepper
1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer using a slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate.
2. Drain the bacon grease out of the pan, give the pan a wipe with a paper towel and drizzle olive oil, add shallot, garlic and mushrooms, stirring until shallot and garlic are golden, about 2-3 minutes. Add chard stems and leaves, lemon juice and cook, stirring until wilted, 3-4 minutes. Cover and cook until stems are tender, 4-5 minutes more. Remove from heat, sprinkle with bacon and walnuts. Add salt and pepper after plated.