Swiss Chard Salad

Swiss chard is similar to Swiss roll, in that neither have anything to do with Switzerland. I googled both foodstuffs to find any possible links to this little, land-locked island, but couldn’t find any reasonable explanation. I’ve now decided they just chose those names to make them sound efficient, organised and well-made?!

I picked up a big bunch of rainbow chard at the market on Tuesday (more on that later). I usually sauté it for a few minutes and have it with fish, but went down a salad route this time, making a delicious and easy lunchtime salad.

Swiss Chard Salad

Serves 2 for lunch

swiss chard salad


  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (rainbow if available)
  • 120ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 100g breadcrumbs (you can just stick stick a few slices of bread in food processor)
  • salt
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 lemon
  • 40g parmesan or grana padano, finely grated


  1. Wash and dry the chard and remove leaves (you can stir-fry stems later). Chop up the leaves and put in a large salad bowl
  2. Warm 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a pan, add the breadcrumbs and cook stirring frequently until golden brown and crunchy. Stir in the garlic and a pinch of salt, and toast for another minute
  3. Zest the lemon into the bowl of chard
  4. Juice the lemon into a small mixing bowl. Add a few generous pinches of salt. Slowly whisk in 60ml of olive oil
  5. Add the parmesan and 2/3 of the lemon dressing to the bowl. Toss until coated. Taste and add more dressing if you like. Toss in the breadcrumbs and serve immediately

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