Swiss Chard Salad with Ancient Grains Salad is a healthy, hearty salad that is packed with nutrients-rich ingredients tossed in a lemon vinaigrette! Add your favourite protein or leave it as is for a vegetarian dish. Easy, healthy, and delicious!
We are making an effort to eat very healthy around here. Lots of veggie-rich dishes including lots of salads are on the menu daily. Its essential to keeping our immune systems at their peak!
Taking a break from lettuce and spinach, I decided to make use of the bunch of Swiss Chard in our fridge. I love Swiss Chard and it is one of my favourite greens to use.
If you haven’t tried it, it is similar in taste to spinach. So if you like the one, you can sub in the other.
Swiss chard can be eaten raw or cooked. In this case, I did a quick saute. Enough to warm the leaves and soften them a bit, without completely wilting them.
Variations of Swiss Chard Salad with Ancient Grains
This recipe is posted as a vegetarian option, but it can easily be adjusted to suit your desires or dietary restrictions. The possibilities are limitless and you can tweak things to suit the ingredients you have on hand.
- If you are vegan, leave out the feta, for example. The recipe is otherwise, vegan that way.
- If you are gluten-free, choose grains that are suitable for your diet.
- Add proteins like grilled chicken or salmon for a heartier salad.
- Use a different cheese if feta isn’t your thing! Goat cheese also works well but you also use blue cheese or whatever your heart desires! Grated Parmesan also works well with these flavours!
There are so many options and ways to tweak this to suit your needs or the ingredients you have on hand.
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Swiss Chard Salad with Ancient Grains
- 1/3 cup ancient grains mix or your favourite grain (eg. barley, spelt, durum wheat, etc)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 bunch of Swiss Chard
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/4 cup feta crumbled
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Begin by cooking your ancient grains according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, remove the stems from the Swiss chard and chop it into bite sized pieces. Heat olive oil in a skillet and add the chard, tossing it around for a minute or so. You do not want to wilt it completely.
- Combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a secure lid. Shake until the dressing is emulsified. Taste and adjust seasonings to suit personal preference.
- Add the Swiss chard and ancient grains to a large bowl. Drizzle with as much of the vinaigrette as is needed. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
- Add the chard and grains to serving bowls and top with crumbled feta and sliced cherry tomatoes.