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

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

Author: Michele Spring
Servings: 4
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)
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins


  • 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))


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the chard leaves, water, lemon zest, 1 tbs lemon juice, and raisins and stir. Then cook, covered, for 6 minutes.
  • 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
Course: Side Dish
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