Swiss Chard with Orange Gremolata

  • Yield 4 servings

Gremolata is a colorful Italian garnish that adds flavor to many dishes. It is primarily composed of orange and/or lemon zest, garlic and parsley.


Orange gremolata:
3 large garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
2 tablespoons julienned orange zest
1 teaspoon julienned lemon zest
Swiss chard
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pound Swiss chard, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
Salt and pepper to taste


To prepare the gremolata:

  1. Mix the garlic, parsley, orange zest and lemon zest in a bowl.

To prepare the Swiss chard:

  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the gremolata and stir the remaining gremolata into the butter mixture. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the broth, orange juice concentrate and lemon juice and mix well.
  4. Bring to a simmer and stir in the Swiss chard. Cook, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Toss the Swiss chard mixture and spoon into a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the reserved 1 tablespoon gremolata.

NOTE: For variety, substitute green beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli, or your favorite vegetable for the Swiss chard.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc., California Mosaic, A Cookbook Celebrating Cultures and Cuisine (The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. 2008)



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