This Fresh Swiss Chard Salad is my favourite summer salad featuring garden fresh green swiss chard, blueberries, strawberries, nuts and a tangy and delicious honey goat cheese dressing. The perfect gluten free and healthy side salad or light lunch.
I think I could eat this salad every day for the next… forever.
Do you blame me, though? A super fresh, super summery salad made of only the good things. Made completely gluten free, vegetarian friendly and just so… good.
I mean, crispy leafy greens straight from the garden (or market or grocery store – let’s not be too picky) topped with nature’s candy (in the form of fresh summer berries) and lots of crunchy nuts on top? The only things that might make those greens + berries + nuts any better is with a sweet and tangy Honey Goat Cheese Dressing made from scratch!
Yeah, that dressing though! (heart eyes x a million!) I’m a dressing girl. Sauces, spreads, dips, dressings, call them what you want, they make my heart melt, my stomach happy and my world go ’round.
The only thing that makes dressing (sauces, dips, spreads, whatevs) better are really fresh and delicious things to dress (or dip or sauce or smear or whatevs). And today that is green swiss chard and all the strawberries and blueberries.
MORE ABOUT THIS FRESH SWISS CHARD SALAD RECIPE
Sometimes I can’t get over how good greens + fruit + cheese tastes in salad form. It’s one of those flavour combinations I will never get tired of.
Here I am using local berries while I still can get my hands of them (Niagara region – woot!). I like strawberries and blueberries but I’m sure any berry combo will do.
And some chopped raw walnuts for crunch. Not salted, not roasted, just plain walnuts right from their shells (or resealable bag…)
Side Note: Walnuts and I have this complicated, weird, phase-y relationship. They’re expensive. I get it. I don’t think they quite understand their own price tags though. Therefore our relationship is essentially my food budget won’t allow for them so no nuts for us. OR… I splurge my entire food budget on a huge bag of walnuts and try to squirrel them away for when recipes really absolutely and completely need them… like this salad (and these cookies! #worthit)
But if you can do it, or have a bag of walnuts hidden in the back of your freezer like me, this salad loves walnuts. (Sliced almonds do a pretty OK job too. But the walnuts!!)
And then the Swiss Chard!! After spinach, chard is my favourite leafy green. And I am so happy my mom’s community organic garden up at Pikor Paradise is loaded with chard (and that the stuff just keeps on coming!). Swiss chard makes an amazing green for salads. A little more texture than spinach but less chew and bitterness than kale. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds and touches right on that salad-y sweet spot.
Then dress everything up in a super easy and super delicious homemade dressing… made of cheese! And my favourite kind of cheese at that – the goat stuff. It’s a little sweet, a little tangy and really makes the greens and berries good friends. And I pretty much just want to put this cheesy dressing on everything.
So, if you haven’t tried a Swiss chard salad before – you have to try this one!
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