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Swiss chard (also known simply as chard) is a leafy green vegetable that is related to beets and spinach.
The crunchy stems are slightly sweet and have a similar taste and texture as Pak Choy stems. Compared to Kale, it is mild enough in flavor that it plays nicely in a variety of dishes and preparations, and is easy and quick to prepare.
Swiss chard can be sauteed with garlic or other aromatics like most green vegetables. Its leaves and stalks can be stir fried, grilled, steamed, roasted or boiled much like spinach.
To use Swiss chard raw in salads remove the stems and tear the soft leafy parts into bite size pieces. Use as the base of any salad or mix 50/50 with lettuce.
A bunch of raw Swiss chard will cook to a much smaller amount. The stalks are also thicker than the leaves so they take longer to cook. Chop the stalks into 1 inch pieces, cook the stalks first in a pan with water (1/2 cup per bunch), then add the leaves and cook until wilted.
Swiss Chard leaves are a good substitute for Spinach and the stalks for Asparagus in recipes. Young tender leaves can be eaten whole in a salad or sandwich.