Swiss chard is in the same family as beets and spinach, and contains an impressive list of health-promoting nutrients. This delicious combination of lentils, browned onions, cilantro, lemon, and Swiss chard provides a soup that is both healthy and flavorful.
You can prepare the soup several days in advance. As it remains refrigerated, the flavors continue to develop. You can also freeze the soup for several weeks in a well-sealed container. Serve as directed.
Rinse the Swiss chard well before slicing. Cut and discard the thick (celery-like) stalk from the leaf, then cut each leaf in half, lengthwise, following the rib-line to the top. Cut the leaves width-wise into
In a large pot, place the lentils,
In the meantime, preheat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions,
Once the onions are caramelized, add the garlic pulp, the cilantro, the sliced Swiss chard, and the flour. Cook and stir until the Swiss chard has wilted. Remove from the heat and set the mixture aside.
When the lentils are tender, add the Swiss chard mixture and the lemon juice, and increase the heat to high. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
For best results, serve slightly warm. If the soup seems too thick, you can thin it down with boiling water or additional lemon juice.
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