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Monday, January 4, 2016

salads & sides: wilted rainbow chard with red wine vinegar

Christmas break is finally over - the grands headed back to school today.  It's been a noisy, happy vacation with the three of them around, but hard to find time to experiment in the kitchen without interruptions.  We got five inches of snow and plunging temperatures, but they are hardy little souls, enjoying cross-country skiing and sledding even with the chilly air.  The kitchen got a good workout, especially when my daughter got a hankering for Indian food :  she cooked up a dizzying array of unfamiliar dishes;  some I liked, some not as much, but always interesting, and the scent of curry and cumin and Indian bay was far more exotic than my usual thyme and garlic.

But my heart is really happy with simple dishes, so when I found the gorgeous but small bunch of rainbow chard in the vegetable drawer ( bought on the spur of the moment simply because it was so pretty and fresh) I was delighted.  Checking on Pinterest, I found this terrific simple chard recipe that was perfect for a late lunch.  And best of all, it took maybe 20 minutes from start to finish!  

Wilted Rainbow Chard with red wine vinegar

6 leaves fresh rainbow chard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, peeled and cut into slivers
1 clove garlic, peeled and cut into slivers
1/2 yellow pepper, cut into strips or dice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
a little water - about 2 tablespoons
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Cut the stems off the chard , gather them together, and slice across no more than 1 inch.
Slice the leaves lengthwise, then across into 2 inch wide pieces.

Place olive oil in saucepan or skillet and add the sliced stems, garlic, onions, and pepper cooking for about 5 minutes, then add the red wine vinegar and water, then finally, the chopped leaves.  Keep the heat on medium, and gently toss the mixture until the leaves are wilted.  Add the salt and pepper and serve while hot.

This made 2 small servings - next time I'll buy twice as much chard because it was SO good!     Happy January!


La Table De Nana said...

It really is so pretty!
Bonne Année!

katrina said...

Yes, it is, Nana - thank you! Rainbow chard has become my favorite green, next to kale....oh, but I've forgotten baby bok choy. And romaine salad. Sigh, love them all!

Happy, happy New Year to you and yours as well!