Sexy Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Sexy Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
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Sexy Swiss Chard

Quentin Bacon

Sexy Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is loaded with vitamin A for bright, gorgeous eyes, vitamin K for strong bones, and antioxidant vitamin C for glowing skin. What's not to love about this sexy green? If you can't find pumpkin seeds, try sunflower seeds. 


  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, stem ends trimmed
  • ¼ cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Place the chard on your cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut out the colorful stems from the leaves. Slice the stems crosswise into ¼-inch pieces and place them in a bowl. Working in batches, stack the greens, roll them into a thick cigar shape and slice them crosswise into ¼-inch-wide ribbons. 

Toast the pumpkin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan often, until fragrant, toasty-brown, and plump, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a small plate to cool and set aside. 

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and salt and cook, stirring often, until it begins to soften, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chard stems and cook until they're starting to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the greens and cook, stirring often, until they begin to wilt, about 4 minutes longer. Stir in the raisins and turn off the heat. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and turn the greens out onto a serving platter. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the top and serve. 

Swiss Chard Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Swiss Chard Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.