Rainbow Chard Recipe

This rainbow chard recipe is one of my favorite ways to prepare chard.

It’s simple, delicious, and pairs well with many types of main courses and side dishes.


Chard is a relative of the beet plant. It has a nice, earthy flavor one would expect from a dark green. It has a slightly bitter flavor that pairs well with spices like garlic and onions. It’s a hearty green that wilts, but does not wilt as much as spinach does during cooking.

You can enjoy chard raw in salads, cooked in soups or sautéed like the recipe below.

Rainbow Chard Recipe


There are a few varieties of chard. In stores, you will mainly see the type that is all green, or the type that has a variety of color in its stalks (the leaves are still green). Both types have the same flavor and cook the same. Some stalks are all red. Rainbow chard has multicolored stems.

Look for fresh, sturdy leaves that don’t have any wilting, slime or damage to them. They should look fresh, not dried out or droopy.

All types of chard can also be called Swiss chard. But contrary to its name, it does not originate from Sweden.

Cook chard within a day or two after bringing it home.


  • Lots of fiber!
  • A good source of vitamins A and K.
  • A good source of iron.
  • Tons of phytochemicals! (Those little goodies that help fight against heart disease, cancer and diabetes.


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Rainbow Chard Recipe
Rainbow Chard Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A deliciously simple side dish packed with good-for-you nutrition!

Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 178 kcal
Author: Last Minute Vegan
  • 6 cups chopped rainbow chard
  • 1/2 cup juice sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp. oil (I used coconut oil)
  1. Wash your chard and cut off the ends of the stalks.

  2. Tear chard into strips. You may have to slice the stalks.

  3. Place the oil in the pan and turn on the burner. Medium to high heat will work fine. Adjust as needed.

  4. Place chard in pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to wilt.

  5. When chard has wilted, add the other ingredients and cook for 2-3 minutes more.

  6. Allow to cool slightly and serve.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Rainbow Chard Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 286mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 66.1%
Vitamin C 19.6%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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