Roasted Spinach

4.62 from 18 votes

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I’ve always enjoyed a good magic show, and of course a delicious side dish. This roasted spinach is a good example of both. No wonder it’s one of our most popular vegetarian recipes!

A plate of food with meat and vegetables, with Spinach and Tomato

Why you’ll love it.

It’s Easy! A bag of spinach, some cherry tomatoes, garlic, some salt, pepper, and a little lemon juice

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Growing up, there were two things that I would not eat, under any circumstances: spinach and tomatoes. I gradually grew into tomatoes, if you will. Spinach was a different story.

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“If spinach can be wilted on the stovetop, why not try it in the oven?”

I had a leaf  here and a leaf there, but it wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that I ventured out and ordered a side of wilted spinach. Magic.

I still remember when and where, Trattoria Stefano, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Magic. Now, every time that I make wilted spinach at home I am mystified how a huge bag of spinach can be reduced into what seems like a few forkfuls, via the wilting process. Magic.

The flavor of wilted spinach, with a little tune-up, Magic.

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Tonight at the cottage I was in the midst of preparing an other-worldly tasting chicken recipe, when I realized that spinach would be an excellent side for what I was making. I had the oven on, and I had a handful of cherry tomatoes.

a plate of roasted spinach

If spinach can be wilted on the stove top, why not try it in the oven? My mind was still going back to the cherry tomatoes that were roasted atop a margarita pizza in my 550 degree oven, last week (that Platter Talk post is still “rising”.)

They were literally bursting with flavor. Sweet cherry tomatoes, on top of savory wilted spinach? Like this easy tomato pasta. Magic. I hope you’ll try this roasted spinach. It’s one of my favorite low-fat recipes.

I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it.  -Dan

Oven Wilted Spinach with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
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Oven Wilted Spinach with Roasted Tomatoes

4.62 from 18 votes
A Platter Talk Exclusive
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 large bag baby spinach
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat oven to 350.
  • Place spinach in oven-safe dish or skillet.
  • Place tomatoes on top of spinach.
  • Sprinkle garlic slices on mixture.
  • Drizzle olive and lemon juice over tomatoes and spinach.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.



Calories: 37kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 24mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 78IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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  1. Dan, Happy New Year.
    Thank you for this special recipe of how to wilt spinach and tomatoes, I really like this recipe.
    Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables and after learning from you that I can do it right in the oven
    I have promised myself that I will make it today.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Leny, and happy New Year to you! I hope you enjoy this healthy spinach recipe!

  2. Dan, I love wilted greens…it’s a delicious and perfect side to any meal. This sounds wonderful! Have a wonderful day, Catherine

  3. 5 stars
    Dan, you know this is so my kind of side dish…healthy, colorful and packed with great flavor!

  4. What a nice and healthy side! Looks like something I could eat all summer long (and then some)!

  5. Oh how clever – you did this in the oven. Just throw it together and throw it in – love it! Perfect (and healthy!) for a weeknight.

  6. I love roasting tomatoes in the oven. I bet they add a nice sweetness to the spinach. Great side dish!