Wilted Spinach with Pine Nuts and Lemon-Yogurt Dressing

Wilted Spinach with Pine Nuts and Lemon-Yogurt Dressing

This lovely little warm wilted spinach dish will enhance a quiet summer evening meal of pasta, bread, olives and cheese with a loved one … there's no need to tell your special friend that it's especially nourishing and healthy besides.


Wilted Spinach with Pine Nuts and Lemon-Yogurt DressingWilted Spinach with Pine Nuts and Lemon-Yogurt Dressing
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Adapted from Mediterranean Harvest: Vegetarian Recipes from the World's Healthiest Cuisine
Cuisine: Turkish
Published on August 26, 2008

Wilted fresh baby spinach leaves with a zesty seasoning and served with a tangy and creamy yogurt-lemon dressing

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Dressing:
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole fat yogurt, drained in a cheesecloth for several hours or overnight
  • juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
Spinach:
  • 10 oz (285 g) baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh green chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
Instructions:
  • To make the dressing, mash together the garlic with the salt in a mortar and pestle. Mix together with the drained yogurt and lemon juice. Add more salt if desired and set aside.

  • Put the baby spinach in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand for just a couple of minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water. Squeeze dry and chop.

  • Heat a medium saucepan or wok over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil, wait a few moments, then swirl around to coat the pan. Toss in the onion, chile, sugar and cumin and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender. Stir in the pine nuts and continue to stir for a couple of minutes until the pine nuts are lightly browned.

  • Remove from heat and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, or set aside to reheat gently with a little water later on if preparing ahead of time. Transfer to a serving plate and top with the dressing.

Makes 2 servings

Wilted Spinach with Pine Nuts and Lemon-Yogurt Dressing

13 comments:

Usha said...

Looks delicious, I like this combination of spinach with pine nuts and onions,very interesting :)

Arundathi said...

lovely - the flavors would work so well together. love the dressing!

Beth said...

Im loving this - too good for my hubby though!! Only joking!

OhioMom said...

I love the spinach and pine nuts together, could probably eat this dish without dressing :)

Ricki said...

Always looking for a new way to use greens. . . this seems like a perfect way!

Ivy said...

I like the combination of spinach with the yoghurt-garlic dressing as well as the spices.

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo this looks delicious AND healthy. I especially like the sound of that dressing.

Kevin said...

This sounds like tasty and healthy salad.

karuna said...

spinach and pine nuts, must be tasting really good. and the yogurt dressing adding that little bit of tartness. i must try this out. really nice recipe

Red Chillies said...

What a beautiful and healthy dish. Loved the yogurt dressing combination.

Johanna said...

this looks spendid - I love the idea of this served with pasta - too often I buy a packet of baby spinach and then am racking my brains for how to use it all up so will try and remember this one next time

MapMaster said...

Tossed with pasta … that's a great idea.

cookinpanda said...

This looks FANTASTIC! I know I seem a bit over-enthusiastic, but it really does fascinate me. I've been trying to catch up on my blog rounds-- being quite a bit behind, and this really just jumped out at me. It's definitely going to be made, and soon.