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Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes Recipe

This spinach and tomatoes recipe is absolutely delicious and the perfect side dish for so many different meals. Not only is it sautéed in olive oil, it’s gluten free and low calorie. Plus it’s one of those healthy recipes that also delivers wonderful results. In other words, it tastes great! 

plate of sautéed spinach and tomatoes

Easy and Delicious Side Dish

I love a wide variety of vegetables because so many of them are versatile. And I put tomatoes at the very top of the list. Think about it. They’re a staple in many American and ethnic dishes.

And they’re delicious with spinach! I also love the color contrast because that makes them more appetizing … at least in my world. This tomato and spinach dish is not only loaded with flavor, but it’s also appetizing to look at.

Or if you want this to be your main dish, serve it with a side of southern style cornbread. The two go together so well that you might want to make extra to take to work the next day.

Ingredients

Although spinach and tomatoes are the stars of this dish, the supporting ingredients help make the flavor so wonderful and rich.

bag of fresh spinach and 2 roma tomatoes

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this wonderful sautéed spinach and tomato recipe:

  • Fresh tomatoes, diced
  • Fresh spinach (regular or fresh baby spinach)
  • Diced onions (yellow or white onion)
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic (fresh garlic or jarred)
  • Onion powder
  • Salt (Himalayan pink salt, sea salt, or regular table salt)
  • Black pepper
salt, pepper, olive oil, minced garlic, onion powder, and diced onions

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full recipe directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

Of course, you can add other ingredients you like. I started to sprinkle in some garlic powder. But after tasting it, I felt that it was perfect as-is for my husband and me.

I used the Roma tomatoes that were on sale in the grocery store. However, you can use whatever tomatoes you have, including fresh cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. It really doesn’t matter. If you don’t have fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes are good too. Just be sure to drain them before putting them in the skillet.

I’ve also used tomato sauce, but the sauce overpowers the spinach. So I prefer to leave it out.

Other Ingredients you might like:

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Heavy cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Lemon juice
  • Bell pepper (any color)
  • Fresh basil or Italian seasoning

How to Make Sauteed Spinach and Tomatoes

This easy recipe goes pretty quickly. In fact, once you get started adding ingredients, the total cook time is only about 10 minutes That’s why I like to have all of the ingredients ready to go before I begin cooking.

Heat oil in a medium or large skillet over medium-high heat.

Next, sauté the onions and garlic until the onions become translucent. Turn the stove burner down to medium-low heat.

olive oil, garlic, and onions in a skillet

Add the diced tomatoes and cook them until they soften.

This should only take a minute or two.

diced tomatoes added to the skillet

Now sprinkle the salt, black pepper, and onion powder over the tomatoes.

Stir to make sure the seasonings are evenly distributed.

cooked tomatoes with onions and garlic

Add the spinach. It will appear to be a lot until it cooks down.

Now gently toss it with the tomatoes and other seasonings. I use tongs to basically turn the spinach over until it shrinks a bit.

fresh spinach added to the pan

I used a single bag of fresh spinach. If you’re cooking a greater amount, you’ll definitely need a large skillet.

If you’ve ever cooked fresh spinach, you know that when it wilts with the heat the volume decreases dramatically.

spinach in the pan as it cooks and wilts down

Next, cover the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes on low heat. Remove the lid and taste a small bite. If it needs more seasoning, add it now.

Turn off the heat and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

serving bowl and plate with spinach and tomatoes

Since this is such an easy food to prepare, you may discover that it becomes a regular side dish in your dinner rotation.

How to Serve This Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes Recipe

My favorite way to serve this delicious dish is as a complete side with a protein main dish, such as chicken, fish, or pork. The full flavor of the side dish is the perfect complement to most types of meat.

serving of spinach and tomatoes

You can also serve it over either rice or pasta if you need something more filling. I’ve tried it over gluten-free elbow pasta, and it’s really good—especially if you sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over the top. You can also use regular or whole wheat pasta. In fact, any kind of pasta is good with this dish.

I think it would be good over some delicious grits too. I’ve never tried it this way, but I’m sure it would be absolutely yummy!

More Delicious Side Dish Recipes

Loaded Baked Potato – This loaded baked potato is a family favorite around here. It’s easy to make and offers everything you want to add to a side dish.

Sweet Potato Fries – Add sweet potato fries to any spinach dip, and you’ll have an extra colorful meal.

Crispy Zucchini Parmesan Chips – This is a great recipe, even for people who don’t typically like veggies. Get them to try one, and they’ll be hooked.

Cheesy Garlic Bread – This cheesy garlic bread from Julia’s Simply Southern goes with a wide variety of dishes. It’s one of the simple ways to top off a meal to make it even more special.

Classic Baked Mac and Cheese – Here is a case of simple ingredients all coming together to provide great flavors that are so comforting.

Mama’s Potato Salad – This is one of those delicious recipes that you can serve to your family or bring to a potluck. When you bring this, it’s a great idea to bring copies of the recipe to share.

Zesty Rotini Pasta Salad – This is a healthy pasta recipe with a lot of flavor!

Frequently Asked Questions About Spinach and Tomatoes

I’ve always seen spinach and tomatoes as nutritious ingredients to add to my menu as often as possible. Here are some questions you may have about the dish and the ingredients.

plate of sautéed spinach and tomatoes

Can You Use Canned Spinach in This Recipe?

Yes, you can use canned spinach, but keep in mind that it is probably already seasoned. Read the ingredient list on the label to make sure you don’t over-salt it.

You’ll also skip the step of sautéing the spinach. Drain the liquid before adding the spinach to the tomatoes.

Can You Store Leftover Spinach and Tomatoes?

Yes. All you need to do is place it in an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator. It should be good for at least a couple of days. 

If you want to freeze it, make sure you label the airtight container with the date and what is in it. Store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What Are the Nutritional Benefits of Eating Spinach?

Spinach is packed with nutrients that help keep your body functioning at the highest level possible. It has vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, iron, calcium, and more.

Are Tomatoes Good for You?

Yes, tomatoes are very good for you. They contain lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and other nutrients.

Lycopene offers a variety of benefits, including eye health, heart support, and antioxidants that help fight cancer.

sautéed spinach and tomatoes on a plate

Sautéed Spinach and Tomato Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This sautéed spinach and tomato recipe is easy and delicious as a side dish with any meal.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 8-10 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (fresh or from a jar) - 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium or large skillet, sauté the garlic and onions in olive oil on medium high heat for about 2 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  2. Turn the burner down to medium heat.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes. Sauté over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the onion powder, salt, and pepper over the tomatoes. Stir.
  5. Add the spinach. Gently toss it with the tomatoes and seasonings. 
  6. Cover the pan and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes on low heat.
  7. Remove the lid and taste to see if it needs more seasoning.
  8. Cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  9. Serve hot.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 397mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 14gSugar 5gProtein 17g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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