Braised Rainbow Chard with Bacon

Chard rocks! If you love chard, you will be delighted to learn that it is indeed a powerhouse of nutrition! Chard provides a substantial dose of vitamins A, C and K and is a veritable cauldron of potassium, iron, magnesium and a good source of fiber. This superfood also rich in a multitude of B vitamins.

A member of the beet family, chard is popular in Mediterranean cooking and has been used culinary ingredient for centuries. This wholesome wonder has large, shiny green leaves and a thick, colorful stalk. Depending on the cultivar, the chard stalk varies in color: from white to yellow to red, with Rainbow Chard being a mix of all three.

If you’re experimenting with chard for the first time, this braised rainbow chard recipe is a humble but flavorful introduction to this nourishing vegetable, and the addition of bacon gives it a hint of smoky meatiness.


  • 2 large bunches of rainbow chard

  • 4 slices (approx. 6 oz.) bacon

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 shallots, diced

  • 1 cup bone broth

  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite fat (lard, tallow or coconut oil)

  • Salt to taste


  • Prepare the chard by separating the leaves from the stalk, carefully slicing the entire leaf off the center stalk

  • Chop the stems into ¼ inch pieces

  • Cut the leaves into thin strips and set aside, separate from the stem pieces

  • Slice the bacon into half inch strips and sauté in a large skillet with cooking fat until crispy

  • Transfer bacon into a dish and set aside

  • In the same pan, heat additional cooking fat over medium heat

  • Add shallots and garlic and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes

  • Stir in chard stems, cooking for about 4 minutes until softened

  • Add chard leaves, stirring as they wilt, adding bone broth one tablespoon at at time until the chard is completely cooked

  • Add in the cooked bacon strips and stir in

  • Add salt to taste, making sure to not over-salt due to the potential saltiness of the bacon

  • Serve and enjoy!

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