Look, I love kale, don’t get me wrong. (I have the T-shirt.) I just think when it comes to cooking, Swiss chard is absolutely tops. It hails from the beet family and offers a more delicate and sweet flavor compared to other sturdy greens, making it an easy addition to endless dishes — soups, pastas, pizzas, stews, gratins, egg dishes, stuffed vegetables, and a simple sauté. Swiss chard is beautiful, easy to work with, and it cooks up in no time.
It also comes with tender stems that you can eat with the leaves or on their own. There is no waste here (just beautiful and delicious sweet, sweet greens) — another reason to express my love for Swiss chard.