For the Swiss Chard Quesadilla and Green Goddess Dressing, read on!
Update June 2020: We first made this combo last Spring and are loving it again this Spring!
Eating your greens has never been easier or tastier! This SIMPLE and unbelievably delicious meal has been on repeat for lunch and is made with Swiss chard, lettuce and herbs all from our patio garden… but this meal tastes great no matter if you grow your greens, pick them up at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.
Late Spring through Fall, the seasonal producer is so fresh & flavorful, that meals can be extra simple and taste more amazing than ever!
Original post…If you follow my Instagram Stories, you probably know that we are huge fans of quesadillas. They come together quickly, can be filled with just about anything and are a warm and nourishing meal or snack (if you are my teen son with the bottomless appetite!).
But now that we are deep into Spring, almost Summer, and our patio garden is growing like crazy, we have switched over to a seasonal favorite – the Swiss Chard Quesadilla.
This Swiss Chard Quesadilla became one of our go to lunches a few summers ago when we first grew fresh Swiss chard in the garden and now we look forward to it every Spring!
In the photo above, this simple and unbelievably tasty Swiss Chard quesadilla is made with Swiss Chard from our garden and served with lettuce from our garden and a Green Goddess Dressing made with herbs, from the garden!
Before I get into the details on the quesadilla and dressing, a few words about our patio garden.
We love our patio garden and look forward to it every Spring but it didn’t start out this way… it morphed into this over many years. Here’s the background…
My husband and I both grew up with gardens — my mom and grandparents had huge home gardens which they were very proud of and which I took little interest in at the time. My husband’s family used to own a green house and now his mom and sisters now have huge personal garden’s are that are the envy of everyone!
When we moved from to the suburbs 10 years ago after many years in the city, we planted a few patio pots because the boys, particularly my youngest, was very interested in my mother in law’s garden. From the moment we planted our first patio plant, we all fell in love with watching our garden grow!
Over the years, we’ve added to our collection of patio pots and we’ve switched up what we grow as we’ve learned what does best in our yard.
Now we grew lots of herbs– basil, two varieties of parsley, cilantro, rosemary, lemon verbena, mint, chives and thyme, lots of lettuce and swiss chard because these all thrive in the Spring here.
Later in June when it gets hotter, we will swap out the greens and add in tomatoes so stay tuned!
Do you have a garden? Leave a comment below and tell me about it! I’d love to hear!
Super simple, it’s just fresh Swiss chard (you can find it at your local farmer’s market or grocery store if you don’t grow it) sautéed in olive oil with lots of dried minced garlic, your favorite shredded cheese (we love Monterrey jack or mozzarella with this one) and a gluten-free tortilla. (I used Siete Foods Almond flour tortilla).
Update: this year we have sometimes skipped the garlic in place of chives and parsley from our garden and it’s so good!
Served here alongside lettuce from our patio garden and a Green Goddess Dressing made with herbs from our garden, it’s an easy light and satisfying meal.
More on the dressing. I’ve made this dressing so many times and I’m seriously addicted! It’s creamy, fresh and delicious!
It’s made with extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, 1 cup of fresh herbs, roasted and salted pistachios, plus water, salt and pepper.
In the original recipe, I used parsley, chives, dill and basil. I don’t have dill in my garden so I substituted cilantro and I used a mix of curly and flat leaf parsley and it was delish!
Eating your greens has never been easier or tastier with this Swiss Chard quesadilla served wtih a simple side salad with Green Goddess Dressing. Packed with fresh veggies and herbs, this meal is super quick and easy, and so yummy!
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan optional
Serves: 1 serving
Swiss Chard Quesadilla
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups lightly packed swiss chard, stemmed and chopped or torn into pieces
½ -1 teaspoon dried minced garlic, according to tastes (you could use fresh garlic, but we've been using dried because easier)
Optional: use fresh chopped chives and parsley in place of or in addition to garlic for extra flavor or to switch it up!
3-4 tablespoons shredded cheese or dairy free cheese, more to taste. We use either Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella.
2 gluten-free flour tortillas (We used Siete Foods Almond Flour tortillas which are grain-free as well)
Green Goddess Dressing
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
⅓ cup roasted and salted pistachios
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley*
¼ cup chives*
¼ cup fresh basil*
¼ cup fresh cilantro or dill*
5-6 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
*feel free to swap or substitute your favorite herbs but use 1 cup in total of fresh herbs
Swiss Chard Quesadilla
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat until warm and shimmering but not burning, about 30 seconds - 1 minutes.
Add Swiss chard and saute. (It will look like a lot but shrinks down to much less!) When starting to wilt, after about 2-3 minutes, add garlic and continue to saute for another minute or two until Swiss chard warm and wilted. Total Swiss chard cooking time will take about 5 minutes.
Remove Swiss chard from pan and set aside in a small bowl or on a plate.
Using the same skillet, (you could wipe it clean if you want or just use as is which is what we usually do), heat a touch of oil over medium high heat, until shimmering. Add one tortilla and let sit for about 30 seconds- 1 minute or until tortilla is starting to cook (it will puff up a bit).
Add Swiss chard on top of tortilla and spread evenly. Top with cheese. Top with second tortilla. Cook 1-2 minutes, flip and cook the second side about 1-2 minutes until both sides are starting to turn a golden brown and cooked to your liking.
Cut into quarters, serve and enjoy!
Green Goddess Dressing
Place all the ingredients in a small blender (start with 5 tablespoons water and add the 6th as needed) and mix until well combined. The texture will be smooth, the color a fabulous green.
Taste and adjust as desired... add more water for a thinner dressing.
Stores well in sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...