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Swiss Chard Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Breadcrumbs

Swiss Chard Salad with Lemon, Parmesan & Bread Crumbs


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Description

Slightly adapted from Food52.

Note: If possible, get your hands on some good, tender Swiss chard for this recipe. We’ve been getting beautiful chard from our CSA as well as from the Niskayuna Co-op, which carries chard from Hope Valley Farm. Farmers’ markets, obviously, are a great source.

Bread crumbs: Once, when I made this, I was out of bread — the horror! — and I used two English muffins instead. Worked like a charm.


Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, about 12 ounces
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1½ cups (2.5 ounces) fresh bread crumbs, see notes above
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • sea salt to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 lemon
  • ¾ cups (1.52 ounces) grated Parmesan, Grana Padano or Pecorino

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the chard and remove the stems from the leaves. (Save stems for another use.) Stack a few of the leaves on top of each other, roll them like a cigar and cut the cigar into thin (1/8-inch) ribbons. Repeat until all the leaves are shredded. Put the leaves into a large salad bowl.
  2. Warm ¼ cup olive oil in a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until they are crisp and golden brown (about 5 minutes). Be careful not to burn them! Stir in the garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper flakes, and let them toast for another minute, then remove from the heat.
  3. Zest the lemon into the bowl of chard. Juice the lemon into a small mixing bowl. Add a few generous pinches of salt. Slowly whisk in ¼ cup of the olive oil.
  4. Add the Parmesan and about ⅔ of the lemon dressing to the bowl. Toss until nicely coated. Taste and add more dressing if you like. Toss in the toasted bread crumbs and serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American