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Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pine Nuts

  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


So my Sicilian half came out a little with this Swiss chard. I love incorporating sweet and sour components into savory dishes. Here I combined the greens with onions, golden raisins and toasted pine nuts, and added a splash of champagne vinegar at the end to brighten up the flavor.



  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (any variety), stems and leaves separated
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 pinches red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup golden raisins, raisins or currants
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp champagne, white balsamic vinegar, or red wine vinegar (if using red chard)
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


  1. Prep chard: Cut stems into ¾ inch pieces. Cut leaves into 1 inch strips.
  2. Saute onions & stems: Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion and chard stems to pan, season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Sauté 4-6 minutes or until softened and onions are translucent.
  3. Plump raisins: While onion and chard cook, heat a small cup of water in the microwave to almost boiling. Add raisins and allow to plump and soften slightly for about 5-8 minutes. Drain, reserving water.
  4. Saute leaves & serve: Add leaves to pan, season with salt and pepper, and sauté 4-6 minutes or until tender. Add a few tablespoons of raisin water to help steam the greens. During the last minute of cooking, stir in raisins, pine nuts and vinegar and taste for seasoning. Enjoy.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of chard
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 255mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: swiss chard, raisins, onions, vinegar