Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Lemon Zest
Spinach is one of the most nutritious vegetables, containing iron, potassium and vitamins A and C.
- 2 lb. spinach
- 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Rinse the spinach carefully in 2 or 3 changes of water, discarding the tough stems and any damaged leaves. Drain briefly in a colander.
In a deep sauté pan or a wok over medium-high heat, combine the olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. When the garlic begins to sizzle, after about 30 seconds, immediately add the still-damp spinach and, using tongs or 2 wooden spoons, toss and stir quickly until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer the spinach to a warmed serving dish and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Healthful Cooking, by Mary Abbott Hess, Dana Jacobi & Marie Simmons (Oxmoor House, 2003).