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 Rainbow Chard with Figs

Simple but stunning, this easy dish comes together in a snap. Don't let the quick cook time deceive you—the flavors in this gem from VN columnist Robin Robertson combine in a truly tantalizing way, and you still have plenty of time to enjoy your evening.

Serves 2

What You Need:

2 pounds rainbow chard (or other variety of Swiss chard), ends trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried figs
1/4 cup pine nuts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What You Do:

1. Coarsely chop chard and add it to a pot of boiling salted water. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add figs and pine nuts and cook until the pine nuts are lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
3. Stir in reserved chard and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until hot, stirring occasionally.

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