Spinach and Cherry Tomato Saute {vegan; low-sodium}

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 18, 2017

Print This Post Print This Post A quick three-ingredient Spinach and Cherry Tomato Saute is always welcome on the plate. Easy, fast and healthy is a great trio of attributes!

Spinach and Cherry Tomato Saute is a quick, three-ingredient skillet vegetable side dish that goes with everything. Easy, fast and healthy is a great trio of attributes!

You know I’m all about encouraging you to eat more produce (fruits and vegetables), AND I’m all about encouraging you to just get in the kitchen and try stuff, whether it is with or without a recipe.

Today I want to show you just how easy it is combine both those efforts to make a quick vegetable side dish that can go with nearly anything you want to put on your plate — roasted meat, poultry or fish, scrambled eggs, feta chunks — whatever you want. Once you make it, you won’t even need to refer to the recipe; that’s how easy and intuitive this one is.

Grab 10 ounces of washed spinach, a pint of cherry tomatoes, your bottle of olive oil and some garlic, and meet me at the stove.
Spinach and Cherry Tomato Saute recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comWe’ll be done in about 10 minutes total, including heating the pan and cleaning up.

Spinach and Cherry Tomato Saute

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 2-3

Spinach and Cherry Tomato Saute

A quick three-ingredient Spinach and Cherry Tomato Saute is always welcome on the plate. Easy, fast and healthy is a great trio of attributes!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach


  1. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add olive oil. When oil is hot, add tomatoes and shake the pan back and forth to coat the tomatoes with oil. Season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds from the pepper mill.
  2. Quickly cook the tomatoes in the hot skillet, shaking it frequently to roll them around. Their skin will blister and one or more of them might pop. Cook them for about 2 minutes. (There might be spattering from the pan, so use your spatter screen on the pan if you happen to have one.)
  3. Using a garlic press, press garlic cloves into the skillet (or finely mince garlic if you like), and stir garlic into tomatoes. Cook for 30 seconds, and then quickly add spinach all at once (you will see why you needed a large skillet).
  4. Using tongs or 2 wooden spoons, turn spinach as it wilts, so the spinach on the bottom comes to the top, and the top spinach goes to the bottom and has a chance to wilt. Spinach will wilt very quickly, in 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from heat and serve.
  6. Serves 3-4.
  7. (See below for additions and leftovers ideas.)


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Additions: You can keep this simple, as the recipe shows, or season with anything else you like. Ideas would be:

--Parmesan cheese, grated.

--Italian herb blend (throw a few pinches in with the tomatoes), or YOUR favorite herb blend.

--Chopped fresh basil sprinkled on top.

--Season with a big pinch of dried oregano and sprinkle crumbled feta on top for a Greek feeling.

Leftovers: Use leftovers in your scrambled eggs the next morning! Or in your egg white omelet or frittata.


Can you believe this only has three main ingredients, plus oil, salt and pepper? It packs a lot of goodness into one simple skillet.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Janette@CulinaryGinger.com January 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

Two of my favorite vegetables, I must give this recipe a try.


Sandra January 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Look at how fresh and vibrant this dish is! I happen to have fresh spinach, so this will be my veggie tonight! Thank you : )


Joanie @ ZagLeft January 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Such a simple recipe yet one that is so intensely flavorful. I love how easy this is!


Amanda | The Chunky Chef January 19, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Love this combo… so bright and fresh!


Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie January 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

Cherry tomatoes are my favorites! Can’t wait to try them like this!


Des @ Life's Ambrosia January 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

I am loving all of the bright colors in this!


The Food Hunter January 19, 2017 at 7:10 am

two of my favorite veggies!


carrie @ frugal foodie mama January 19, 2017 at 6:21 am

I just love how quick and simple this is to make! 🙂 Bonus points for being fresh and healthy too.


eat good 4 life January 19, 2017 at 5:13 am

Love this recipe. Totally up my alley! Loving the colors.


katerina @ diethood.com January 19, 2017 at 2:51 am

Now this is my kind of lunch!! Its terrific!!


Dee January 18, 2017 at 11:51 pm

This is one of my favorite combos, and now I’m totally craving it. Gorgeous pictures too!


Willow | Will Cook For Friends January 18, 2017 at 6:19 pm

I love quick and easy veggie dishes like this one! Spinach and cherry tomatoes cook up so quick, too, and they go well with just about everything. Will definitely be making this with my next meal — thanks for the inspiration!


Betsy @ Desserts Required January 18, 2017 at 5:51 pm

I can already see me enjoying my veggies with a chocolate martini and balls! Love how easy peasy it is to put together.


Dorothy Reinhold January 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm

If your dinner is this, you have full permission to eat Happilicious Balls for dessert!


Amanda January 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

I now have my inspiration for lunch tomorrow. Spinach makes every better. Simple and tasty!


Lindsay Cotter January 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm

I love how easy this is to make! It’s such a quick and delicious side dish! I’d use my leftovers in an egg white omelet like you suggested for my breakfast the next morning. That is, if I have any leftovers! haha


Dorothy Reinhold January 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm

You’re right. I kinda had to save some on purpose. 🙂


Manju | Cooking Curries January 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

I love how quick that is. Sometimes, all a great dish needs is some simple but fresh ingredients and you dont even have to put in a lot of time and effort into it.


Dorothy Reinhold January 18, 2017 at 10:31 pm

That’s exactly right with this one!


Soe @ limeandcilantro.com January 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Yes…I would top this with lots of cheese


Dorothy Reinhold January 18, 2017 at 10:31 pm

As you should!


Katie Crenshaw January 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm

This looks so pretty and delicious. I love that it is so healthy also.


Krista January 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

OMG! This sounds amazing! I could eat it for lunch and be good! YUM


Dorothy Reinhold January 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Maybe throw some feta chunks on here and call it a meal!


Erin @ The Speckled Palate January 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

I just love the sound of this and the use of all that fresh produce. You can’t beat something so simple and delicious. 🙂


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