If you, like me, are plagued by choosing the right side to pair with dinner, this spinach recipe deserves a standing spot in your meal plan rotation. Grab a knob of fresh ginger and a lemon — we're going to make one of my all-time favorite spinach side dishes. Not only is it packed with light, refreshing flavors and ready in minutes, but it also goes with just about everything you're making.
Start with More Spinach than You Think You Need
Spinach is a wildly deceptive ingredient. While that standard six-ounce bag is more than enough to make a salad that feeds a few people, when you sauté it on the stovetop it cooks down to practically nothing. If you've ever cooked spinach, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
The key to nailing this simple weeknight side is to always start with more greens than you think you need. If it seems like too much, it's probably just about right. The recipe also walks you through adding the spinach in batches, and stirring regularly. This important step ensures the spinach stays in the pot, rather than spilling out all over the stovetop.
While this is a tasty dish when warm, a few bites of it while it still holds a chill from the fridge might make you a convert to the pleasure of cold cooked greens.
Easy Lemon-Ginger Spinach
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 pounds baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the spinach in 2 to 3 batches, along with the salt and pepper in the first batch. Use tongs to toss the leaves after each addition. Cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.