Experience the bold flavors of our Catalan-style spinach, a vibrant dish that celebrates the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. Fresh spinach leaves are sautéed with garlic, pine nuts, and raisins, creating a symphony of sweet and savory tastes. With each forkful, savor the perfect balance of textures and flavors, as the spinach wilts to perfection and the raisins add a touch of sweetness. Whether served as a side dish or a light meal, our Catalan-style spinach is sure to transport you to the sun-drenched shores of Spain with its delicious taste and aromatic spices

Catalan-Style Spinach

Food and Wine
Experience the vibrant flavors of Catalonia with Catalan-Style Spinach, where tender spinach is sautéed with garlic, pine nuts, and raisins, creating a harmonious balance of sweet and savory notes. This traditional dish offers a taste of Mediterranean sunshine in every bite, perfect for bringing a touch of Spanish flair to your table.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 8


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4 10oz bags stemmed curly spinach
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves very finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and pepper


  • In a small bowl, cover the raisins with warm water and let stand until plumped, about 10 minutes, drain well. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, tossing, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • In a large saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add half the spinach in large handfuls, letting each batch wilt slightly before adding more. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until just wilted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain. Repeat with another 1/4 cup of water and the remaining spinach.
  • In the large saucepan, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the spinach, raisins, pine nuts and a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is hot, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


This recipe was originally published in the September 2017 edition of Food and Wine.
This favorite recipe was contributed by a Backyard Eats client! She encourages home cooks to substitute ingredients as needed based their lifestyle or what's growing fresh in their garden.

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