Rainbow Chard is pretty, especially the stems, finely chopped. I like the flavor, which is spinach with a crunch. This recipe makes use of the whole bunch (I used two small bunches) and it not only tastes delicious but is a very festive presentation.

Sautéed Rainbow Chard with Pine Nuts and Dried Cranberries

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Course: Sides
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Christmas, Cold Weather, Comfort food, Delicious, Flavor, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Vegetables
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small bunches rainbow chard or one large bunch
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries cherries or raisins
  • 1 medium red onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 whole lemon zested and juiced
  • 4-5 sprigs parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese


  • Gather all ingredients before starting the recipe.
  • Soak dried fruit in a small bowl in the hottest tap water for about 15 minutes.
  • Pull or cut stems from chard and dice the stems crosswise into 1/4" slices.
  • Cut chard into bite sized pieces.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add chopped chard stems and sliced onions, season with kosher salt and black pepper, and cook until the onions and stems are beginning to brown, about 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the pepper flakes, and then the chard in handfuls, turning and tossing gently with tongs, until wilted. Repeat until all chard leaves have been added and wilted. About 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat, add pine nuts, dried fruit, lemon zest and lemon juice. Adjust seasoning, toss gently and add the cheese and serve.

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