Surprised by Chard: This 3-Ingredient Green Smoothie Tastes Amazingly Good
The first time I tasted chard, I was in grad school. I was studying Spanish education, and my supervising teacher, Carmel, invited me to her house for dinner.
A pack of energetic corgis greeted me at the door, and then Carmel, her husband and I sat down to a dinner of… something.
Actually, I can’t remember the entree.
But I sure remember the vegetable: rainbow chard. I’d never seen it before, and I silently panicked because my desire to be polite was butting up against my abhorrence for all things green.
Politeness won out, and I lifted a tiny forkful of chard into my mouth. To my surprise, I actually liked it.
Carmel had sauteed the chard with olive oil, salt, pepper and red wine vinegar. And that’s exactly how I’ve been preparing it for the past decade.
I like experimenting with my Vitamix, so I decided to sneak something green into a smoothie.
Here’s what I used:
- A handful of chard leaves — maybe five or six.
- Juice of one orange.
- Half a frozen banana.
My insides feel so fresh and so clean.
I’m not the green smoothie type, but I am the delicious smoothie type. This recipe just happens to meet both requirements.