Chard Salad with Garlic Breadcrumbs and Parmesan

-Ingredients (4 servings)-

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cups grated Parmesan

-Directions-

  1. Wash and dry the chard and remove the stems from the leaves. Separate and set aside. Zest and juice the lemon.
  2. Combine the lemon juice (you should have about 2 1/2 tablespoons), 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest and a few generous pinches of salt in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Warm the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until they are crisp and golden brown (about 5 minutes). Be careful not to burn them! Stir in the garlic, toast for another minute, and then remove from the heat.
  4. Finely chop the chard stems. Stack a few of the leaves on top of each other, roll them like a cigar and then cut the cigar into thin (1/8-inch) ribbons. Repeat until all the leaves are shredded. Put the chard stems and leaves into a large bowl and toss gently with the Parmesan and about 2/3 of the lemon dressing. Taste and add more dressing if needed. Toss in the toasted breadcrumbs and serve immediately.
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