Sauteed Baby Beet Greens and Red Chard, I think

by Spicie Foodie on July 20, 2012

Beet Greens, Red Chard, sauteed green, Spicie Foodie

You may be wondering what’s up with the strange recipe title. The reason for it is that I’m not exactly sure what it is that I bought. You see gourmet greens and/or salads are a rare find here. So as I have little to no exposure I have to rely on the internet for accurate translations.

Beet Greens, Red Chard, sauteed green, Spicie Foodie

The first time I bought the greens they were labeled as Beet Salad Greens, apparently they are gourmet baby beet greens. The second time I bought a package of the greens they were labeled as Red Chard Salad. The red chard is ordinary red chard and ruby red chard, which is a member of the Swiss chard family. At least that’s what I’ve read and since they are both new to me I don’t know otherwise. (haha)

Beet Greens, Red Chard, sauteed green, Spicie Foodie

As you can see I’ve been left confused and don’t know what they are and why one package said different from the other. The only conclusion I can come to is that the packages were mislabeled. From what I can tell the contents were actually a mix of baby beet greens and red chard. Can anyone help clarify this for me?

Beet Greens, Red Chard, sauteed green, Spicie Foodie

Regardless of what these vibrant salad greens are they taste fantastic. The taste is a bit mild like spinach but a tad earthy like beets. All I know is that both times I’ve made them hubby and I have really enjoyed them. I kept the recipe very simple as I wanted the greens flavour to be the star. But of course we all know that a recipe would not be a Spicie Foodie one without a little kick or spice, that’s where the Indian chile comes in. The chile added a little spiciness which was a nice contrast to the sweetness of the red onion. Feel free to omit the chile or use less if you don’t eat spicy food.

Alright let’s get our cook on.

Beet Greens, Red Chard, sauteed green, Spicie Foodie

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Sauteed Baby Beet Greens and Red Chard
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Enjoy seasonal beet greens and red chard in this delicious sauteed greens recipe. Add a chile for some extra heat!
Recipe type: Side dish, vegetable, salad
Serves: 2
  • 1 mixed package of baby beet greens and red chard (300g or just over ½ lb.)
  • 1 small red onion cut into ⅛ths
  • 2 large dried red Indian chiles or Mexican chile de arbol*
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • pinch each salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  1. Heat the oil, once hot saute the onions until soft and translucent. Add the chile and saute for another 2 minutes, then add the garlic and saute until soft. Add the salad greens, cover and allow to cook just until they begin to wilt. Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper over the greens, stir until well combined. Serve as a side dish.
*for a mild version omit the chile

Beet Greens, Red Chard, sauteed green, Spicie Foodie

On a last note I’d like to share some exciting news with you. My cookbook, An Epiphany Of The Senses, is now available on iBooks and iTunes. (Yay!) You can now download it to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with iBooks, and onto your computer with iTunes. Plus with a great low price of $9.99 it’s a deal you shouldn’t pass up. (Thanks for reading my advert, when one doesn’t have a PR rep one has to do it all themselves:)

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Have a great weekend everyone! I hope it’ll be as fun as mine, I’ll be working on a special photography project. By the way what food photography problem or question would you like answered? Can’t wait to share the project with you. But until then enjoy your weekend!


in Vegan/Vegetarian,Vegetables

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 20, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Gorgeous greens, they make a beautiful saute! Congratulations on the cookbook, I’ll be checking it out! :)


2 Spicie Foodie July 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Thanks Laura, they are so pretty and hard to resist:)


3 Rosa July 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Mighty scrumptious! A refined sauteed dish.




4 Spicie Foodie July 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Thank you Rosa:)


5 Eha July 21, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Beautiful to look at, so easy to make and 100% healthy: my kind of food! These look like baby beet greens to me: both the reddish and the green have the same size, shape and veining – possibly the two bags you bought had been packed by different companies with differing ideas. Our supermarkets may have as many as a dozen different mixes at any one time, oft with quite unhelpful names [gourmet, Asian, summer, spring restaurant etc!!]. I just look at what appeals, make sure it seems crisp and take potluck :) !


6 Spicie Foodie July 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Hi Eha,
Thanks, I was so confused. We have those mixed salad packages here, often times I don’t recognize half of them. But also wonder why they aren’t sold individually- I love them all.


7 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au July 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

We can’t buy swiss chard ( like this) or baby beet leaves . I have to say it looks delicious.. or is that just your photos ?? Sorry I haven’t visited for a while I had a computer crsh and burn!!


8 Spicie Foodie July 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Hi Tania,
That’s too bad. It was really delicious:) No problem and I do hope you are feeling better. Besides it’s good to take a break from the computer.


9 Ramona July 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Beautiful, healthy and spicy!! This is what I call a win, win, win!! Great dish!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :)


10 Spicie Foodie July 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Hi Ramona,
Thank you so much. You too have a great weekend:)


11 Suzanne Perazzini July 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

When I lived in Italy, there were all sorts of different green salad leaves and I loved it. We are more restricted here for some inexplicable reason. I love your recipe but I would probably eat them just with a little salt and olive oil to taste the flavour. Some salad leaves have amazing flavour.


12 Spicie Foodie July 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hi Suzanne,

Too bad you don’t have as many different salad greens there. Next package I buy that’s how I’ll eat them. Thanks:)


13 Priya Sreeram July 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

tht’s a summery vibrant platter; loved learning abt those greens


14 Spicie Foodie July 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hi Priya,


15 thyme (sarah) July 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I know I was looking at a salad called redleaf spinach the other day. Yours looks a bit similar to that. Basically, the darker the leaf, the more nutritious for you I think…so it should all be good! Ous here comes all mixed up too…all sorts of lettuces are together but they don’t really identify what each and every one is called.


16 Spicie Foodie July 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Hi Sarah,
I’ve heard that before, about the darker the leaf or color the healthier it is. So it appears that those mixes are common everywhere. Thanks!


17 anna July 22, 2012 at 5:37 AM

oh my goodness i love this! what a unique way to eat veggies. the chiles really kick it up a notch. i’m always trying to figure out how to do something new and different with salad greens, can’t wait to try it!


18 Spicie Foodie July 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Hi Anna,
That’s exactly why I decided to saute them rather than use as a salad. It worked and tasted fantastic.


19 DB-The Foodie Stuntman July 23, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Congratulations on the cookbook! Don’t worry about not knowing which greens you’re using, just as long as you enjoy the taste.


20 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Thanks! That’s true it is the taste that matters most:)


21 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 24, 2012 at 8:01 AM

First of all… CONGRATULATIONS on the cookbook!!!! We’re surrounded by such talented food bloggers and so inspiring! I hear it’s a lot of work to write a book so I can imagine how hard you worked for this book. So happy for your achievement.

And the salad… hmm… those greens look familiar but I am not confident about what the name is… =P Beautiful photography!!


22 Spicie Foodie July 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Hi Nami,
Thank you:) It was a lot of work, it took me about 6 months to put it all together. But it was so well worth it.



23 pachecopatty July 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Your greens look like baby beet greens, very tender and delicious!


24 Spicie Foodie July 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Thanks,now I know:)


25 Magic of Spice July 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Looks like baby chard greens to me? :) But what ever they are, they are lovely, as is this saute…beautiful!


26 Spicie Foodie July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Thanks Alisha! I thought about snapping a photo and asking you the first time I bought them. You are the veggie queen after all:)


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