Catalan-Style, Sauteed Spinach with Garlic, Golden Raisins and Pine nuts – a simple healthy side dish that can be made in 25 minutes. 

Catalan-Style, Sauteed Spinach with garlic, golden raisins, and pine nuts, a simple, flavorful side dish that can be made in 25 minutes. 


We love our greens! This recipe for Sauteed Spinach with golden raisins, garlic and pine nuts hails from Catalonia and is a delicious veggie side to what you are already making.

Also, know that any wilt-able green can be used –but traditionally, the “green of choice” in Catalonia, is spinach.  I’ve been making this with swiss chard, baby kale, bok choy, and stray beet tops – it’s a great way to clear out the fridge.

Catalonia, a region in Northeastern Spain, is known for its distinctive cuisine.   The Moors introduced the cultivation of almonds, citrus fruits, eggplant and spinach and the use of spices like cumin, nutmeg, saffron, and black pepper.

Today, Catalan dishes are known for combining savory and sweet ingredients and their unique pairing of spices.

Sauteed Spinach Ingredient Notes

Greens– spinach, chard kale, beet tops or a mixture of what you have on hand.

Garlic, onion, golden raisins and pine nuts give this dish its authentic flavor, but if you have pine nut allergies or are out of golden raisins, feel free to substitute slivered almonds or use regular raisins, currants, cranberries or even dried apricots.

*See full recipe card below. 

ingredients in sautéed spinach showing golden raisins, aka sultanas.

Sultanas, if unfamiliar, is the name of the variety of white grape used to make golden raisins…they are often called “sultanas” in recipes and on menus.

Catalan-Style, Sauteed Spinach with garlic, golden raisins, and pine nuts, a simple, flavorful side dish that can be made in 25 minutes. 

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Catalan-Style, Sauteed Spinach with Garlic, Golden Raisins and Pine nuts - a simple healthy side dish that can be made in 25 minutes. 

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Sautéed Spinach

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A flavorful Catalan Style recipe for sauteed spinach with golden raisins and pine nuts. Use spinach, chard, beet tops or baby kale, or a mix. Vegan.


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 an apple, diced ( optional, but good!)
  • 46 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins- or regular raisins, currants, craisins
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sherry wine or white wine ( or sub broth)
  • 56 cups packed spinach, chopped, or sub chard, beet tops, kale, etc.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar, nutmeg and white pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and apple and stir until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Lower heat to medium, add garlic and chili flakes, and saute a few more minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Add raisins and wine, sauteeing until the wine mostly cooks off.
  4. Add greens, stirring to wilt. Spinach will cook in a couple minutes, while sturdier greens will take longer.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Continue Sauteeing until desired tenderness.
  6. Taste, adjust salt and chili flakes,  and if you like, add a pinch of sugar ( for more sweetness) , nutmeg and white pepper.


Sauteed Spinach is best served warm. Refrigerate leftovers up to 4 days, and reheat.


  • Serving Size: ¾ cup
  • Calories: 182
  • Sugar: 9.5 g
  • Sodium: 619 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.6 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Phenomenal recipe as usual, you are always knocking it out of the park. I have called many organic dried fruit companies and can not locate the organic yellow unsulphured raisins. Could you please share your vendor with us? Namaste

    1. Thanks Colette. They are not as easy to find. I used to be able to get them at our local healthy grocer, but now just get regular dark raisins because of that. Minu brand on Amazon, has some.

  2. Love the combination of sweet and savory. Made with spinach, apple, raisins, pine nuts and sherry wine. The flavors are amazing…..a keeper recipe. Thank you!

  3. Thank you Sylvia, I made this today with bok Choy and it turned out great! Another simple and delicious dose dish!!

  4. I am 67 and cook just for one. This is fantastic. I love being able to use odds and ends in fridge. Gonna serve with basmati rice and salmon. Thank you Sylvia for all that you do! God Bless


    1. Hi Lucinda- some are, but some are not. Look for “usnsulfered organic golden raisins”, I will link in post. 🙂

  5. I will have to try this recipe again. I think I threw the spinach in too soon. Probably overcooked it. I had some sumac chicken and Moroccan carrots going at the same time. Overall it was pretty good with apple, raisins, and pine nuts making for a nice combination. I also used a chardonnay for the wine. Next time I will pay closer attention and maybe use a hard cider.

  6. Thanks for this great recipe, Sylvia — do you think I could substitute a pear for the apple? Looking forward to giving it a shot!

  7. I understand that the golden raisins or sultanas are soaked in some disgusting chemical. Might want to use regular raisins instead

  8. yum! I adore wilted greens with sweet raisins. I hope you will submit this to because it looks amazing!

  9. This sounds amazing! Greens get a bad rap but cooked like this they can be so good – love the sweetness of apple and raisins that you have added in.

  10. This looks and sounds delicious! I love the sweetness of dried fruits in dishes so I’m sure I would love this! It will make the perfect side for some nice grilled chicken. Pinned!

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