Moroccan Silverbeet with RiceVisit

I live for this Moroccan Silverbeet with Rice! This vegetable goes by so many names - Silverbeet, Swiss Chard, Lacinato Kale, Seakale Beet or just plain Kale (if you know of any more, let me know!). It comes in a variety of colours; I love the rainbow variety with yellow, pink, purple and white stems - it looks great both raw and cooked. Oh, and it tastes fantastic.

A healthy Moroccan inspired side dish

This dish is a Moroccan inspired side dish, with subtle North African and Mediterranean spice, flecked with nuts to add a wonderful flavour and texture. Silverbeet has a delicious earthy taste with sweet beetroot notes. And it's packed full of health benefits too - over 200% of your Vitamin K needs + many more. It's a delicious superfood and there are many reasons to eat Silverbeet/Swiss Chard.

This dish works well with other vegetables, with fish and seafood or meat - it's a great all-rounder. I made a delicious lamb tagine and this Moroccan Silverbeet with Rice was the perfect accompaniment. For more complimentary sides to this rice dish, see below.

Cooking in stock adds a tonne of flavour.

This dish is the same as a pilaf/pilau in that it's a flavoured rice dish cooked with stock. Cooking in stock gives the rice more layers of flavour. You can use any kind of stock you like, vegetable, chicken, beef or in the case of mine, lamb. I had some in the freezer (don't ask me how long it had been there) and it worked wonderfully. Using stock really elevates the taste, so even if you just use a stock cube, you'll transform the flavour.

Serving suggestions

This tasty Silverbeet/Swiss Chard dish works well alongside a variety of dishes. Mediterranean, Middle Easter and North African dishes will all pair perfectly. Try it alongside my Middle Eastern Lamb Kebabs, my Cypriot Sheftalia or my Grilled Lamb with Za'atar & onion. You could also pair it with the delicious Spanish Chicken Skewers with Fino Sherry. Other side dishes to pair with this pilaf: Turkish Carrot Salad, Turkish Beetroot & Yoghurt Dip, Tomato Salad and Turkish Bean Salad (Piyaz) are all perfect partners.

What is Silverbeet?

Silverbeet, Swiss Chard, Lacinato Kale or Seakale Beet is a variety of beet and a close relative of spinach. There is no bulb, only leaves. For eating, you can eat the leaves and stems of the vegetable and eat raw or cooked.

Is Silverbeet healthy?

Silverbeet is very healthy! It's a good source of vitamins A, C, B6 and K (important for helping your blood to clot). It also contains riboflavin and folate and minerals such as potassium (which helps to regulate blood pressure) and manganese (involved in the regulation of brain and nerve function).

What does Silverbeet taste like?

It tastes like Spinach, only stronger. It has a subtle beetroot flavour. The stems are edible too. Just chop them like an onion and cook for a little longer than the leaves.

I don't have silverbeet what can I use instead?

For this recipe, your best option would be Kale or Tuscan Cabbage (Cavalo Nero).

How to make my Moroccan Silverbeet / Swiss Chard with Rice