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Quesadillas with Caramelized Onion, Chard, White Beans, and Swiss
with avocado and citrus salad

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
Quesadillas don't just have to be Mexican. We pack ours with leafy chard and creamy beans for a quick, healthy dinner!
Smarts: True caramelized onions take about 30 minutes to make, but you can get close enough in 10. However, if you want to go the whole way, make a lot more and freeze!


Citrus and Avocado Salad:
  • Shallots - 1 Tbsp , minced
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Red wine vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Olive oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Citrus (like grapefruit or oranges) - 2 , segmented
  • Avocados, large - 1 , cubed
  • Salad greens - 1/4 lb
Quesadillas with Caramelized Onion, Chard, White Beans, and Swiss:
  • Onions, small - 1 , sliced
  • Chard, any type - 1 bunch , leaves torn, stems not needed
  • Swiss cheese - 2 cups , grated
  • White beans - 1 1/2 cups , rinsed and drained
  • Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Balsamic or sherry vinegar - 1 Tbsp
  • Thyme leaves - 1/2 tsp
  • Tortillas, burrito-sized - 4


  1. Onions / Chard / Cheese - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. White beans - Rinse and drain. Mash lightly with a fork.
  3. Make vinaigrette - If prepping right before cooking, complete ‘Make’ steps #1-2 before returning to this prep step. Dice shallots. Mix with Dijon mustard, vinegar, and olive oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, or a sweetener. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead and refrigerated)
  4. Citrus - Segment. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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  1. Heat oven to 350F (or 177C) degrees.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil and then onions to heated oil. Saute for 10 minutes until softened. If the pan ever looks too dry, add a splash of water. Finish with vinegar and saute for another minute before adding chard leaves and thyme. Saute until wilted and remove from heat.
  3. Divide ingredients across tortillas. Place ingredients on one half of the tortilla, layering cheese, beans, and onions / chard. Fold tortilla over and place onto a sheet pan. Once they’re all done, heat in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. While tortillas are baking, cube avocado.
  5. When quesadillas are done, toss vinaigrette with citrus, avocado, and greens, and enjoy with quesadillas!



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