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Sauteed Swiss Chard with Caramelized Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This sensational side stars nutrition-packed Swiss chard tangled with savory caramelized onions, juicy raisins, and toasted almonds.


  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, ghee, or oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 8 cups roughly chopped Swiss chard, stems removed (about 16 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a large dry skillet over medium-low heat, add the almonds. Shaking the pan and tossing the almonds occasionally to promote even browning, cook until golden and lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Set the almonds aside.
  2. In the same skillet over medium heat, melt the butter or oil and tilt to coat the pan. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. 
  3. Reduce the heat to low and season the onions with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 15-18 minutes. Stir in the raisins.
  4. Add a handful of the chard and allow it to wilt slightly. Before adding the next handful, and in between each addition, stir in about 1 tablespoon of water to help the leaves keep cooking down. This process should take about 10 minutes.
  5. Season the greens with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste), divide among plates, and serve warm topped with the toasted almonds.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Leafy Greens
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

Keywords: swiss chard, caramelized onion, raisin, almond