Fresh baby spinach sautéed with dried cherries is a tasty vegetable side dish that's ready in under ten minutes.
I just love spinach; especially this time of year when it helps boost your immune system with all of its vitamins and minerals.
But when making it as a side dish, you have to purchase quite a bit to get enough to serve everyone as it shrinks a lot when cooked.
I prefer using baby spinach leaves; which are generally tender and a little sweet versus the larger spinach leaves; which tend to be more bitter.
Whatever type of spinach you are preparing, remove the spinach from the heat as soon as the leaves start to wilt as they will continue to cook and you want them to be bright green in color.
When making spinach as a side dish, I generally make this Sauteed Fresh Spinach with Garlic, but was in the mood to try a little something different.
I had some leftover dried cherries lying around from when I made the Baked Brie, so I added some of those. The cherries gave the spinach a nice, mildly sweet flavor that went well with a pork dish I'll be sharing with you tomorrow. ~Enjoy!
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Sauteed Spinach with Dried Cherries
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound fresh spinach
- ½ cup dried cherries
- Rinse and dry spinach; then remove any large stems.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick saute pan or large pot over medium heat; then add the spinach and dried cherries.
- Saute until the spinach has wilted; approximately 2-3 minutes.
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It looks great. I love spinach, and I am really thankful for recipes with it 🙂
Carrie Farias says
Thank you Ljilja! I've become very fond of it myself over the last few years. I always have some in the refrigerator, it's now become a staple. Enjoy!
Now that I'm all out of fresh spinach from the farm, I've been picking up bags of baby spinach. The kids see the entire bag going into the skillet and groan, but are amazed how little spinach is left when it's time to serve.
Your spinach is so pretty--what a clever idea to add dried cherries. This would be terrific on our holiday table, too!
Carrie Farias says
Thanks Kirsten, I'm glad you like it. The cherries added a nice flavor to the spinach and my kids say the same thing once the spinach has wilted.