Wilted Spinach Recipe With Garlic & Olive Oil (5 Minutes, 3 Ingredients) by Donna John

Wilted Spinach Recipe With Garlic & Olive Oil (5 Minutes, 3 Ingredients)

There's nothing like fresh spinach as a side dish with dinner. Fresh spinach cooks quicky and, if you use the bagged, pre-washed spinach, it's on the table in minutes. This wilted spinach recipe saved me when I needed a quick side dish and my salmon was already done baking. It's amazing to me how three ingredients can taste so dang healthy and delicious.

To make this quick, easy, healthy spinach recipe you need a bag of fresh spinach, olive oil and garlic. The prep is chopping the garlic, so it's beyond minimal. The garlic is cooked in the olive oil for a few seconds before the spinach is added. Just let it wilt, season with a little salt and black pepper, and this healthy side dish is done! Love garlic? Add as much as your heart desires to this recipe. Garlic has health benefits, too!

Did you know olive oil may reduce your risk of developing dementia? A study published on May 6, 2024, in JAMA Networks Open has shown a correlation between consuming a spoonful of olive oil each day and a 28 percent reduced risk of dementia-related deaths. Now you're even more interested in trying this recipe, right? I get it!

Serve this low-sodium, low-calorie wilted spinach as a side dish with chicken, pork, seafood, beef or lamb. I served mine with steakhouse baked salmon and a garden salad with homemade vinaigrette.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 6 ounces (1 bag) fresh spinach
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced

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Recipe Notes

  • If you like things spicy like me, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes.
  • You can only cook half the bag of spinach if you're cooking for one person.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled for families.
  • Store any leftover spinach in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  2. Add the spinach.
  3. Cook, stirring, until it just wilts. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 58

Total Fat: 4.9g

Saturated Fat: 0.7g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 48mg

Total Carbohydrate: 3.2g

Dietary Fiber: 1.4g

Total Sugars: 0.3g

Protein: 1.9g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 65mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 347mg

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