I never thought a chard salad would make it to my top ten salad list. Nutritionally beneficial, sure. Beautiful, yes! But a chard salad that I would crave and make time and again? No way. I never would have thought so until I tried this very simple seasonal salad. This salad is filled with some of my other top flavors of the season; fresh herbs, juicy pears, lemon and spring onions. The fact that it takes just minutes to prepare may also be a reason we make it often this time of year.
- 1 large bunch chard, leaves only optional
- 1 bunch Italian parsley
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1/3 cup finely chopped spring onion or red onion
- 2 pears
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- Juice from ½ large lemon
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon honey
Directions: Rinse and finely chop the chard and herbs. Toss them in a large salad bowl. Remove the seeds and stem of the pears and chop. Place the chopped pears into the bowl. Add the almonds, lemon juice, olive oil and honey. Toss well. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes: You can substitute any hearty green such as collards or kale. Spinach wilts very quickly when finely chopped and doesn’t work as well in this salad. If you like raw chard stem you can finely chop and include. The colors are beautiful! I have added fresh, finely chopped mint to this salad and loved it. Finally, glazed nuts or dried fruits are also great additions to this recipe if you happen to have them on hand.