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Warm Rainbow Chard and Berry Salad

Serves 6.

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    Chard and Strawberry Salad

    This beautiful springtime salad makes a great side dish for grilled fish and chicken. Lightly sauté—almost steam— the chard to keep it on the crunchy side instead of braising it completely. This will keep the colour light and bright.

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    Warm Rainbow Chard and Berry Salad

    Ingredients

    Dressing
    • 1 large lemon
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) honey or palm sugar
    • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    Salad
    • 2 bunches rainbow chard (about 1 lb/450 g), washed
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) butter
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 shallot, minced
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar
    • Pinches of sea salt (optional)
    • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) small strawberries, whole or cut in half, or raspberries
    • 398 mL (14 oz) can cannellini beans or butter beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pepitas (optional)

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories195
    • protein6g
    • fat11g
      • saturated fat3g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates19g
      • sugars3g
      • fibre7g
    • sodium317mg

    Directions

    01

    For dressing, finely grate 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) peel from lemon and squeeze out 1/4 cup (60 mL) juice into bowl. Whisk in honey, then olive oil. Set aside.

    02

    Strip leaves from chard stems. Coarsely chop leaves and cut stems on the angle.

    03

    Heat butter and olive oil in large, wide skillet set over medium heat. Add garlic and shallot. Sauteu0301 until soft, about 5 minutes.

    04

    Add chard ribs; cover and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Working in batches, add chard leaves and stir just until wilted. Stir in vinegar and season with salt, if using. Remove from heat and gently fold in berries and beans. Drizzle with vinaigrette and sprinkle with pepitas, if using.

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