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