Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls

Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls / www.loveandlemons.com

As a kid, I was obsessed with everything rainbow – my Rainbow Brite doll, a fresh new Crayola 64 pack (with built in sharpener!), and best of all – the rainbow-neon terminal at O’hare airport. Pure magic.

I couldn’t get enough, which is probably why I get a little too excited whenever I see rainbow chard pop up at the farmers market. I’m not much of a gardener (black thumb over here), so it’s mesmerizing to me that those bright pink, red, and neon yellow stems actually grow from the ground.

Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls / www.loveandlemons.com

What I love to do is chop up the stems separate from the greens and sauté them in the pan for about 30 seconds before adding the leafy greens. They add such a great crunch to your dish – don’t ever toss them. (If you have extra stems, you can always pickle them for later).

Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls / www.loveandlemons.com Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls / www.loveandlemons.com

These bowls are simple and warm and they are all about the chard. I made some whole wheat orzo and tossed it with a little olive oil, garlic, dijon and lemon. (Mustard and chard are a really terrific flavor match). I toped each bowl with a healthy serving of chard, a little feta cheese and some toasted walnuts.

Quick beauty tip: you’ll want to serve these bowls with the ingredients assembled rather than tossed together. (As the colors run together it’s just not the prettiest!).

Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls / www.loveandlemons.com

4.9 from 9 reviews
Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls
Recipe type: main dish
Serves: serves 2
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo
  • 1+ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • a few squeezes of lemon
  • 1 small bunch of chard (about 4-5 leaves)
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts
  • salt & pepper
  1. Prep your chard by slicing off the coarse parts of the stems and dicing them. Coarsely chop the greens and set aside.
  2. Cook orzo in a pot of salted boiling water according to package directions (or about 9 minutes).
  3. In a medium bowl add 1 tablespoon olive oil, minced garlic, dijon mustard, lemon, salt and pepper. Once your orzo is done cooking, drain it and then add it to this bowl and toss. (the heat of the pasta will gently cook the raw garlic). Taste, adjust seasonings and set aside.
  4. In a medium skillet, heat a few teaspoons of olive oil, then add the chard stems, salt and pepper. Next, add the chard leaves and toss until just wilted (less than 2 minutes). Finish with a squeeze of lemon and remove from heat.
  5. Assemble bowls with orzo, chard, feta and toasted walnuts.
make this gluten free by subbing quinoa for orzo. (how to cook quinoa)

make this vegan by skipping the cheese.

Cutting Board: Calphalon Kitchen Essentials from Target
Knife: Miyabi Birchwood 7″ Santoku

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. I haven’t worked much with rainbow chard, but this just looks so pretty, so I need to!

  2. Ashley LaMar from foreverashley.com on said:

    This looks delicious!!! I love rainbow chard and I love how quickly I can cook up this bowl.

  3. This sounds delicious. I need some more rainbow chard in my life. And a huge yes to the neons at O’Hare! The best part of flying back into town. 🙂

  4. Ileana from alittlesaffron.com on said:

    Ooh, so pretty! I am guilty of sometimes tossing those stems… okay, no more! I will saute or pickle them. 🙂

  5. Rainbow Chard is certainly the Adriana Lima of the vegetable world and it makes for a pretty darn good looking salad. Asante sana for the beauty tip.

  6. Ingredient1 from ingredient1.com on said:

    Love the colors this recipe offers! Sounds like the lemon & feta bring a nice tanginess to the dish – can’t wait to try it!

  7. Leslie Rossi from alifewellconsumed.com on said:

    Looks so delicious and fresh! I love orzo, there is a store here that sells this amazing orzo salad with spinach, bocconcini and sundried tomatoes.. I could eat a tub of it.


  8. I love your action shots and I love rainbow chard! This looks amazing, pinning 🙂

  9. I love the simplicity of this recipe and how the chard totally shines. Especially with that mustard, danggg, I need to try this!

  10. I haven’t tried chard since becoming an adult. I had a semi-traumatic chard experience as a kid and I never really recovered.

  11. dawn on said:

    This looks like something yummy to try… I’m avoiding wheat… so I may substitute brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta… but WOW.. this really looks pretty in the pictures even though you say the colors start running

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Yep, you could definitely sub in quinoa or brown rice pasta. Ha, after you start eating it and mixing it around, it gets a little ugly.

      • Kelly from Delightfullydisheveledmom.com on said:

        Hi Dawn, My husband has a gluten intolerance too. Tonight we made this with wild rice since I had some on hand. We loved it! Thanks for the recipe Jeanine! It was delicious. I will definitely be making it again.

        • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

          Hi Kelly – I’m so glad you liked it! Glad it was delicious with rice too 🙂

  12. Amy Basso from amysapron.net on said:

    I loved Rainbow Brite, too! This recipe looks great, though. I adore orzo and find it so under-used! Thanks!

  13. Foodeaser on said:

    Great meal specially for vegeterian…

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  15. Sherrie from withfoodandlove.com on said:

    Rainbow chard is the best, one of nature’s shining stars, xo!!

  16. violet from seaoflovespells,com on said:

    that’s a great dish I cant wait to make it for my family.ty

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  18. Lorna from foodisnotenough.uk on said:

    If healthy food looks as beautiful as this, then it’s always a bit easier to pass on the alternative juicy burger. I can’t wait to try this in the summer when I’ve finally let go of my warming soup bowl!!

  19. Allison on said:

    This recipe looks amazing! The only problem
    is that I have a strong aversion to mustard. Would you be able to recommend anything I could substitute? Thank you!

  20. lucy from lucysways.com on said:

    this looks delicious and beautiful!! yum!

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  23. Amy Norris on said:

    We had this for dinner, and it lives up the hype! Huge fan of rainbow chard now.

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  29. Agata on said:

    if I could give this recipe 10 stars I would!!! just made it and am in love!!!

  30. Judi on said:

    Just made this exactly as described but served withbrown rice be ause i had some cooked already. Great. And saved half for my dinner tomorrow

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Love the idea of using brown rice – thanks! SO glad you liked it 🙂

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  33. Amy from wormsinmysalad.com on said:

    I made this for me and my vegetarian 11 year old. It was a huge hit! I should have cooked the stems just a little longer, though, for her taste. We receive chard in our CSA often. I have a feeling this recipe will easily become a favorite. Thanks for sharing it!

  34. Jules on said:

    This was SCRUMPSH!! I just got this colorful chard at the farmers market, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. This recipe came up when I searched, and boy is it a keeper! The stems add a wonderful crunch! Easy and sooooo good, all my faves, nuts, cheese, sautéed greens and pasta. I added a bit of shallot when cooking the greens..my husband (big meat makes the meal guy) also thought it was fantastic. I love lemons too, everything just gets brighter!

    • Hi Jules – I’m so glad you both loved it!

  35. sld6615 on said:

    I made this as part of dinner last night–as a side dish, rather than individual bowls–and LOVED it. I used red quinoa, cashews instead of walnuts, and a larger amount of chard because I happened to have a huge bunch. It was delicious. Even my husband, who isn’t always the biggest fan of vegetables, loved it–and he said his favorite part was the chard (not the cheese or nuts, amazingly). Kudos for a great recipe with an oft-overlooked veggie!

    • I’m so happy to hear that you both loved it – thanks for commenting!

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  37. Melissa Brooker on said:

    I’m eating this as we speak and woooow! I love it! I love rainbow chard but get stuck on ideas to use it, I was excited when I found this! It’s a bowl of my favourite things! The Dijon mustard is perfect with the chard! Thanks so much.

    • oh yay, I’m so glad you’re loving it! Thanks for letting me know!

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