Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts

I am love checking out cookbooks from the library because I really enjoy reading cookbooks and getting inspiration from them.  I recently brought home Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof and I loved it! I have so many recipes bookmarked to make. I started with this spinach recipe that looked super simple and really flavorful… I was right. I liked the combination of the onions and spinach with the lemon, pine nuts, and the salty feta. My husband and I LOVED this spinach while my daughter thought it was pretty good. My son, on the other hand, wasn’t very impressed and grumbled a bit while eating it. Can’t win them all.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is tender and golden brown. Meanwhile, zest the lemon and set aside. Squeeze 1 tablespoons of lemon juice into the pan then add the spinach in big handfuls, tossing constantly with tongs for a minute or so until all the leaves are just wilted.

Remove from the heat; Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and toss to coat evenly. Add the pine nuts, feta, and lemon zest. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts

Yield: 4

Cook Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 small lemon (zest and 1 tbsp juice - more juice if desired)
1 (6 oz) bag baby spinach
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1-2 tbsp feta cheese

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is tender and golden brown. Meanwhile, zest the lemon and set aside. Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into the pan then add the spinach in big handfuls, tossing constantly with tongs for a minute or so until all the leaves are just wilted.

Remove from the heat; Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and toss to coat evenly. Add the pine nuts, feta, and lemon zest. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Ina Garten - Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

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13 Responses to “Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts”

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    Trish — October 9, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    I’d eat that all day long! I pretty much think feta makes everything extra fabulous :)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — October 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    A great way to use our garden spinach, loving that lemony taste!

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    Susan — October 10, 2013 @ 3:21 am

    First of all, I really admire Ina Garten and her food sense so I’m not surprised that you liked her cook book. Second, this salad does look like the perfect combination of tanginess and saltiness, that works to temper the astringency of the spinach … healthy too! Third, feta seems one of those cheeses that one either loves or hates … in our house, I’m a lover and SB is the hater! Like you said … can’t win ‘em all!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — October 10, 2013 @ 5:18 am

    I love that cookbook too, so many great recipes. Your spinach looks wonderful, I think I’d be quite happy if someone in my family didn’t like it, then I could have their portion too!

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    Larry — October 10, 2013 @ 5:57 am

    This sounds like a delicious take on spinach, especially with the feta.

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    Lia — October 10, 2013 @ 6:01 am

    Fantastic suggestion Pam!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Ana Pinheiro do blog Receitas fáceis, rápidas e saborosas — October 10, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Good afternnon. Its the firt time i came here to visit your Kitchen. Tts very nice your blog and the sugestions looks delicious and healthy !
    Ana

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    Marjie — October 10, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Grumblers. We wouldn’t appreciate the rest of the hungry horde as much without the grumblers, would we? This looks like a nice treatment for spinach.

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    Joanne — October 10, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    I used to take out cookbooks from the library all the time when I lived with my parents…and for some reason I stopped when I moved to Manhattan. WHY. Love the flavors in this spinach!!

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    Jovina Coughlin — October 10, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I think lemon and spinach were made for each other.

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — October 10, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    I love checking cookbooks out of the library too. This looks like a great spinach dish, great flavor combinations.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — October 10, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I really like Ina Garden’s dishes. And, yes, you can’t please them all… :)

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    Chris — October 14, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    I am the same way with a new cookbook, the first thing I do is browse through it and assault it with book tabs, lol.

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