Braised Rainbow Chard - a Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan side dish recipe

Braised Rainbow Chard (Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free)

  • Author: Michele Spring
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop


Rainbow chard – nature’s “unicorn” food. So nutritious. But what do you do with it? Braise it! This delicious side dish recipe is Paleo, Whole30, and gluten-free! (AIP modification in notes)



  • 1 bunch Rainbow Chard (or any chard)
  • 2 tbs Cooking Oil (Avocado, Coconut, Olive, etc)
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Raisins (make sure to use sugar-free ones for Whole30)
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped (omit for AIP)
  • Salt
  • Pepper, optional (omit for AIP)


  1. Rinse and dry the chard and then cut the ribs off the leaves. Cut the ribs into about 1/4-1/2 inch pieces and set aside. Cut or tear the leaves into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Heat a large skillet or pot over medium heat and add the cooking oil. Once hot, add the onions and chard ribs and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chard leaves, water, lemon zest, 1 tbs lemon juice, and raisins and stir. Then cook, covered, for 6 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the walnuts. Season with salt and pepper if desired and serve.


*To make AIP, omit the walnuts and pepper and use a compliant cooking oil

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