Spinach Sauté with Grape Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts

I wanted a healthy and delicious side dish to pair with the Baked Barbecue Ribs and Roasted Asparagus with Garlikcy Panko that I recently made for dinner. I grabbed some spinach out of the refrigerator along with toasted pine nuts and feta cheese. I also grabbed some grape tomatoes, seasoned rice vinegar, and fresh garlic to add to the sauté. This recipe took less than 5 minutes to make and was healthy and delicious. It turned out to be a wonderful side dish that we all gobbled up – even my kids enjoyed it (mostly because of the vinegar – they love vinegar).

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the fresh spinach, the seasoned rice vinegar, a dash of crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes or until the spinach has just wilted. Remove from the skillet and pour into a serving bowl. top with feta cheese and toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately with extra seasoned rice vinegar on the side, if desired. Enjoy.

Side Note: To toast the pine nuts, heat a DRY skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and toasted; about 5 minutes.

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Spinach Sauté with Grape Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 cup of grape tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, minced
4 cups of baby spinach
1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (more if desired)
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Feta cheese crumbles, to taste
Toasted pine nuts, to taste

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the fresh spinach, the seasoned rice vinegar, a dash of crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes or until the spinach has just wilted. Remove from the skillet and pour into a serving bowl. top with feta cheese and toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately with extra seasoned rice vinegar on the side, if desired. Enjoy.

Side Note: To toast the pine nuts, heat a DRY skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and toasted; about 5 minutes.

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16 Responses to “Spinach Sauté with Grape Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts”

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    mia xara — March 21, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    A great choice indeed, this flavorful salad, Pam! I would gladly have it by itself for a light lunch!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 22, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    This looks like the perfect side to a meaty main dish!

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    Joanne — March 22, 2013 @ 4:08 am

    I can pretty much be won over by vinegar also!! Sounds like a tasty side dish to me!

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — March 22, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I love vinegar too, this looks delicious. I found some pine nuts in my freezer the other day, I love toasting those guys up and putting them in anything.

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    Carmen Rosa — March 22, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Looks fabulously delicious! I love that combination in a salad!

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    Honey What's Cooking — March 22, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    looks so delicious.. all the colors of italy. drooling!

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    teresa — March 22, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    delicious! i might even make a huge bowl of this and eat it like a salad!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — March 22, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Love the colors and the textures of this dish. Not to mention healthy too. Lovely post Pam.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 22, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I often eat a salad that looks just like this, but I never thought of cooking it! So brilliant! Got to try this some night… thanks Pam.

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    Jacqueline — March 23, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    Mmmmm, that does look good. The colours are so vibrant, it’s just screaming out to be eaten. All it needs is a bit of crusty bread to eat with it and dinner is sorted!

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    Jenn — March 23, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Fantastic salad, Pam! All the things I love on one plate!!!

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    gloria — March 23, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Look delicious I love these little tomatos!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 24, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    A delightful and beautiful salad!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — March 24, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful side. It also has great color to it.

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    Jess S. @ Floptimism — March 28, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Hello! I stumbled upon your blog as I was exploring some of the blogs my own blog’s readers follow, and I just loved this post. I think my readers would really enjoy this as a side dish, too! I’d like to invite you to participate in my blog’s link-up party to celebrate the end of National Nutrition Month – feel free to check it out and share one of the delicious, healthy recipes you’ve been enjoying this past month! http://bit.ly/YCpeHq

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    Lia — April 4, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    Super delicious and the colours are so vibrant and appealing!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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