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Swiss chard as salad maker.

Nearly always served as a cooked green vegetable, Swiss chard can be the basis of a flavorful dinner salad. Combine its chopped leaves with roasted hazelnuts, mild mushrooms, minced peppers, and a mellow dressing.

Hazelnut and Chard Salad 3/4 pound regular or 1/2 pound red Swiss chard, washed and drained 1 package (3-1/2 oz.) enoki mushrooms or 1 cup slivered regular mushrooms Toasted hazelnuts (recipe follows) 2 teaspoons each minced red, green, and yellow bell pepper, or 2 tablespoons of any single pepper 1/3 cup olive or salad oil 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar Salt and pepper

Cut off chard stems and reserve for other uses such as soup or stir-fry. Chop chard leaves in about 1/2-inch pieces. Trim brown stem ends off enoki mushrooms. Coarsely chop toasted hazelnuts. If made ahead, cover chard, mushrooms, and peppers and chill up to 6 hours; cover nuts and let stand at room temperature up to 1 day. Blend oil, vinegar, and chopped nuts. Mix with chard; add salt and pepper to taste. Mound chard equally onto 4 salad plates.

Divide mushrooms into 4 clusters; lay a cluster on each plate of chard. Sprinkle mushrooms with minced peppers. Mix together to eat. Makes 4 servings.

Toasted hazelnuts. Place 1/4 cup hazelnuts in an 8- of 9-inch square pan. Bake in a 350[deg.] oven until nuts begin to brown (check under skin), about 7 minutes. Rub nuts together in a towel to remove skins; lift nuts from towel and discard skins.
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