Chard With Bacon Dressing

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

Mom would prepare this for us often when fresh chard from Dad's garden was plentiful. When I finally wrote down the recipe, Mom couldn't give me exact measurements, as all good cooks are guilty of. I think this recipe is based on traditional Mennonite/Pennsylania Dutch fare, since my Dad was from that region. A blast from the past!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse and drain well the chard to remove grit. Cut away stems and discard.
  2. Fry up bacon slices until crisp. Transfer to paper towel and drain. Let cool, then crumble. Set aside. Reserve bacon fat.
  3. On medium-high heat in frying pan, add the vinegar and sugar to the bacon fat and bring to boil. Boil for about 30 seconds. Make sure not to burn; reducing heat if necessary.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, add the chopped chard and sautè 2-3 minutes until slightly wilted but not slimy.
  5. Add the crumbled bacon. Stir well to coat with the bacon dressing. Transfer to platter and serve warm.
Most Helpful

This was so good! I've grown Swiss chard for a couple of years now and didn't really know what to do with it. Now I do! I added a little chopped onion but kept everything else the same. Delicious!

Lucky Clover June 19, 2013

Oh, this was so yummy! I played around with the recipe some to suit our mood--I added a can of cooked black eyed peas, and since we wanted more "pot likker" I doubled the vinegar and added about 1/4 c stock. I served it over rice cooked in stock, and since I made it for the Veg Swap I used liquid smoke instead of bacon fat. I still followed the recipe directions as written, boiling the vinegar and sugar together then adding the greens. My entire family gobbled this up, all the way down to the 8 month old :). Thanks, CG! Made for Veg Swap 35.

smellyvegetarian June 02, 2011

Yummmmmm!! Made with home grown chard and a wonderful vadalia onion thrown in for good measure. Supper good over Sesame Orzo With Charred Onions with grilled meat on the side. Made for ZWT6 by a Looney Spoon Phoodie.

Ma Field May 31, 2010