Chard often gets overlooked for the more common leafy green -- spinach -- and it's been getting snubbed even more as a result of kale's growing popularity. While spinach and kale are both valuable greens, and they have an important place in our meals, so too is chard; and it deserves more recognition.

This leafy green, often referred to as Swiss chard, is just all around good for you. According to the World's Healthiest Foods website, chard "is truly one of the vegetable valedictorians with its exceptionally impressive list of health-promoting nutrients." And not only is it full of nutrition, chard's sometimes colorful stalks are very beautiful, too -- adding a nice brightness to your dish. While it's most common to have white stalks, some varieties have bright red, pink and yellow. Take advantage of this green, and click through the slideshow below for recipe ideas.

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  • Shiitake-And-Swiss-Chard Soup With Hand-Cut Noodles

    Shiitake mushrooms are the magical ingredient in this soup; they deeply intensify the flavors of the broth. The recipe calls for Swiss chard and uses both the stems and the leaves, not wasting one bit of this leafy green. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shiitake-and-swiss-chard-_n_1061066.html" target="_hplink">Shiitake-and-Swiss-Chard Soup with Hand-Cut Noodles</a> recipe</strong>

  • Braised Chard With Black Olives

    Braised chard makes the perfect side dish for any meal. Its smooth, comforting taste complements a variety of flavors. Serve with olives and bacon for a more complex dish -- but to keep it vegetarian leave the bacon out. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/braised-chard-with-black-_n_1057125.html" target="_hplink">Braised Chard with Black Olives</a> recipe</strong>

  • Very Green Lentil Soup

    This is a great healthy soup that is comforting enough for those cold days and light enough for the warmer ones. Full of lentils, chard, potatoes and broccoli, you definitely get your fill of vegetables with just one bowl. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/very-green-lentil-soup_n_1062559.html" target="_hplink">Very Green Lentil Soup</a> recipe</strong>

  • Honey-Soy-Glazed Vegetables With Crispy Mushrooms

    Ever thought of breading shiitake mushrooms in a rice-cracker coating? Probably not. But now that you've heard of it, why would you delay in trying it? These mushrooms are both earthy and meaty, crunchy and playful. Served with chard, radishes and turnips in a sweet-and-sour sauce. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-soy-glazed-vegetabl_n_1061063.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Soy-Glazed Vegetables with Crispy Mushrooms</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chard And Feta Tart

    This Greek-inspired tart is filled with leafy chard and creamy feta. It also has a healthy dose of lemon, to lighten up the flavors, and briny olives. It makes a great light dinner, served with a side salad. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chard--feta-tart_n_1061663.html" target="_hplink">Chard and Feta Tart</a> recipe</strong>

  • Minestrone With Endive And Pepperoni

    To get this soup ready in just 30 minutes the recipe calls upon the flavors of our favorite pizza topping, pepperoni. Not only does it add a little spice and depth of flavor, but it also offers a bit of additional protein. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/minestrone-with-endive--_n_1062013.html" target="_hplink">Minestrone with Endive & Pepperoni</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chard Dumplings In Chive Broth

    There's nothing quite as comforting as eating a freshly made dumpling soup. The dumplings are soft, tender and fragrant; and these ones are filled with young Swiss chard, caramelized onion and capicola. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chard-dumplings-in-chive-_n_1062424.html" target="_hplink">Chard Dumplings in Chive Broth</a> recipe</strong>

  • Skillet Gnocchi With Chard And White Beans

    This delightful Italian-inspired dish can be ready and on your table in just 30 minutes. Tender gnocchi are mixed with leafy chard, diced tomatoes and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/skillet-gnocchi-with-char_n_1061875.html" target="_hplink">Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans</a> recipe</strong>

  • Tunisian Spiced Lamb Chops And Chard

    The Tunisian lamp chop is spiced with cumin, caraway and crushed red pepper. The Swiss chard is served with pine nuts and dates, adding a nice sweet contrast to the heat of the lamb. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tunisian-spiced-lamb-chop_n_1061958.html" target="_hplink">Tunisian Spiced Lamb Chops and Chard</a> recipe</strong>

  • Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

    Chard is not an ingredient you find often in tortilla soup, and neither is tofu. But it's downright delicious in this vegetarian version of the classic Mexican tortilla soup. Serve with fresh cilantro. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/vegetarian-tortilla-soup_n_1062120.html" target="_hplink">Vegetarian Tortilla Soup</a> recipe</strong>

  • Quick White Bean Stew With Swiss Chard And Tomatoes

    Despite the lack of dairy, this quick soup is rich and creamy -- and it's all thanks to the big white beans. Serve this with a crusty country bread for a great weeknight dinner. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/quick-white-bean-stew-wit_n_1058635.html" target="_hplink">Quick White Bean Stew with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes</a> recipe</strong>


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