Whether you’ve resolved to eat healthy this year or just find yourself craving something good for you; chard definitely has its charms. Almost as nutrition-packed as kale, and a bit milder in taste, chard makes a charming addition to all sorts of winter meals. Here is one.

Slow-Cooked Salmon with Turnips and Swiss Chard

By Renee Erickson for Bon Apetit

Ingredients:

  • 4 6-oz. pieces skinless salmon fillet
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
  • 1½ pound small turnips, scrubbed, halved, quartered if large
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds (for serving)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Place salmon in a large baking dish; drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil, sprinkle with lemon zest, and gently rub into flesh. Season with salt and scatter garlic around. Bake until salmon is medium-rare (mostly opaque but still slightly translucent in the center), 30–35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine turnips, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1 cup water in a large skillet; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until turnips are fork-tender, 15–20 minutes. Uncover and cook, tossing occasionally, until liquid is evaporated and turnips are golden, 5 minutes.
  3. While turnips are cooking, remove ribs and stems from Swiss chard leaves. Thinly slice ribs, stems, and leaves crosswise. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in another large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook shallot and Swiss chard ribs and stems, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add Swiss chard leaves and cook, tossing often, until leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes. Toss in cilantro, parsley, and lime juice; season with salt.
  4. Drizzle salmon with sesame oil. Serve salmon with Swiss chard and turnips, topped with sesame seeds. Makes 4 servings.

Chard also makes a charming addition to soups, frittatas, pasta sauces, and other vegetables like potatoes, squash, or beans. If you don’t already love it, give it a try. You’ll soon be under its spell.