Lemon Almond Sautéed Greens

4 Servings

Perk up your meal and boost your vitamin C and fiber with this quick, tasty, lemon-scented side dish. It’s sure to become a favorite!


1 Tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
clove garlic, minced
6 cups lightly packed chopped Swiss chard (or 8 cups/2 L trimmed 
spinach) 1.5 L
1 cup shredded cabbage 250 mL
1 tsp grated lemon zest 5 mL
1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 mL
1 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 7 mL
2 Tbsp sliced almonds, toasted 30 mL


Step 1
In a large, deep skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add Swiss chard, cabbage, lemon zest, salt and pepper; sauté for about 2 minutes or until chard is slightly wilted.

Step 2
Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) water, cover and boil, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.

Step 3
Stir in lemon juice and sauté, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes or until vegetables are tender and most of the water has evaporated. Serve sprinkled with almonds.


Wash greens well in a colander under cold running water. Drain, leaving the water clinging to the leaves. There’s no need to spin or pat them dry.
One medium bunch of Swiss chard or an 8-oz (250 g) package of fresh spinach is just the right amount for this recipe. Avoid baby spinach, as it’s too tender and cooks too quickly — save it for salads.
Toast almonds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes or until golden and fragrant.

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
Per Serving
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 65
Fat / Lipides 5 g
Saturated / saturés 0 g
+ Trans / trans
Cholesterol / Cholestérol 0 mg
Sodium / Sodium 249 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 4 g
Fiber / Fibres 2 g
Sugars / Sucres
Protein Protéines 2 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer
Diabetes Food Choice Values:
America’s Exchanges
1 Vegetable
1 Fat
Canada’s Choices
1 Fat