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Swiss Chard with Raisins & Almonds

Total Time
27 min
10 min
17 min
This traditional Italian dish relies on Swiss chard, a delicious, leafy green that also comes in a red variety. Here, we paired it with raisins and nuts for fabulous salty-sweet flavor. It might seem like an odd pairing (if you're not Italian), but the sweetness of the raisins balances out the bitterness of the chard. Plus, it's always fun to have a little surprise burst of flavor when you find a raisin in there! If you're weary of the Swiss chard or just aren't crazy about it, feel free to swap in a different leafy green like kale or escarole into the dish instead.


Slivered almonds

2 Tbsp

Olive oil

1½ tsp


cup(s), chopped, chopped

Uncooked Swiss chard

1 pound(s), fresh, ends trimmed, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch wide pieces

Golden seedless raisins

2 Tbsp, chopped


2 Tbsp

Table salt

½ tsp, or to taste

Crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp, or to taste

Red-wine vinegar

1 Tbsp


  1. Set a large nonstick pot over medium heat. When hot, toast almonds, stirring often, until lightly golden, about 3 minutes; remove from pan, chop and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in same pot over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring often, until light golden, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add Swiss chard to pot and increase heat to high; cook, tossing, until chard wilts, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add raisins, water, salt and crushed red pepper; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until chard is tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar. Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with toasted almonds. Yields about 3/4 cup of Swiss chard and 1 1/2 teaspoons of almonds per serving.