Swiss Chard With Bacon

Swiss chard with bacon
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  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 4 portions (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
66 Calories
2g Fat
10g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 portions (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 66
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 882mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 6g
Calcium 119mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Looking for an alternative to spinach? Try this Swiss chard recipe for a change of pace; it makes a great accompaniment to any meal. You can use red, green, or rainbow chard in this recipe. You can use red, green, or rainbow chard in this recipe. 


  • 2 pounds chard (red-ribbed, green, or rainbow)
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup onion (diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning or seasoned salt blend
  • Optional: pinch garlic powder
  • Dash salt (or to taste)
  • Dash pepper (or to taste)
  • Optional: Dash hot sauce (or vinaigrette, for serving)

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash chard and cut stems into 1/2-inch pieces. Cut leaves into 1-inch strips or chop coarsely.

  2. In a large kettle or Dutch oven, cook the bacon with onion until bacon is crisp and onion is lightly browned.

  3. Add the chard, Creole seasoning, and garlic powder to the bacon. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes.

  4. Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed. Serve with hot pepper sauce or a favorite vinaigrette.