Japanese-Style Swiss Chard and Sesame Salad


By Amy Thielen

Published on May 25, 2016

Turn tough chard leaves tender by giving them a light pounding, then dress them in this light sesame-flavored vinaigrette. It's the perfect side to Amy Thielen's Japan-meets-Midwest tonkatsu burger.


  • 3 bunches Swiss chard (1 pound 3 oz.), stripped of stems (about 14 cups)
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 12 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 tsp. sesame oil


Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to the boil and salt heavily. Rip the Swiss chard into large pieces and boil for one full minute in the water, until tender at the stem. Shock the Swiss chard in ice water, and drain, squeezing lightly to remove excess water.

Step 2

In a large mortar and pestle crush the garlic clove and then add the sesame seeds, pounding to crack and release their fragrance. Add the red pepper flakes, sugar, soy sauce, and sesame oil and pound until combined. Add half of the Swiss chard and pound lightly to infuse with the aromatics. Add the rest of the Swiss chard, if it fits, or pour everything into a bowl and muddle the seasonings and greens until fully coated. Transfer the salad to a serving dish and chill before serving.

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