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Quick and Easy Omelet With Baby Spinach and Feta Cheese

My husband and I both enjoy cooking. We like sampling and discovering new and different foods from all areas of the world.

Omelet with cherry tomato garnish

Omelet with cherry tomato garnish

Quick and Nutritious Meal

If you enjoy starting your day with a nutritious breakfast but have little time in which to prepare it, quick-and-easy omelets make a perfect choice. You can whip them up in a matter of minutes and vary them with a wide variety of ingredients in addition to the mainstay of eggs. Omelets are delicious meals for not only breakfast but any time of the day or night.

This morning, after looking in our refrigerator, I decided to use some red onion, baby spinach and crumbled feta cheese that I had on hand. My husband and I both enjoy that flavor combination, and I will show you how easily it came together on a plate.

Gathering the ingredients together takes about as much time as the actual cooking time. Use a non-stick pan for stovetop use that also has a cover when making this recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

10 min

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
  • 1 packed cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cherry tomatos, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil into a non-stick skillet and turn the heat on medium-high.
  2. When the olive oil is shimmering, add the minced red onions and stir for about 1 minute until the onions start to soften.
  3. Add the baby spinach leaves, and stir for approximately 30 seconds until they start to wilt.
  4. Add the beaten eggs, and immediately top them with the feta cheese. Sprinkle the top with ground black pepper, and cover the top of the skillet.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes until the egg mixture has puffed up and is dry on top. Watch closely. It may take a little more or less time, depending upon your stovetop heat setting.
  6. Remove from the heat, flip the omelet over in half, and divide into two portions on serving plates.
  7. Garnish the plate with tomatoes, if desired, and add additional ground pepper.
This fork is full of delicious flavor!

This fork is full of delicious flavor!

He said that mixing an omelet was a lot like mixing paint: the eggs were my basic palette, and then I could build tastes out of whatever ingredients I had around.

— Jordan Weisman, "Cathy's Key"

History and Use of Feta Cheese

Feta cheese production goes back centuries. Real Greek feta comes from specific regions of the European Union, with Greece producing much of it. As of October 2002, if made under strict regulations and in designated areas, it now receives a protected designation of origin (PDO) label.

It consists of sheep's milk. It can also be a combination of sheep's and goat milk, with the goat milk not being more than a 30% portion of the final product. Feta exhibits a tangy aroma and flavor, and because of its storage in brine, it also is salty. You might have noticed that I used no extra salt in my omelet recipe.

The ripening of the final product takes, on average, about two months. You might be happy to know that feta is a good source of calcium and phosphorus. Both of those, along with the protein content, can aid bone health. It has numerous strains of Lactobacillus, which benefits the gastrointestinal system, similar to yogurt. To read more of the benefits, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Today, many countries make feta cheese, but only certain ones have that PDO label. Some people even use cow's milk when making it. If you have never tasted this cheese, I invite you to do so!

You can use this cheese in almost endless ways: from salads to sandwiches, an ingredient in baked dishes, toppings on bread, pizza, potatoes, and more. It is very versatile and adds an extra punch of flavor to many meals.

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© 2021 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 28, 2021:

Hi Yves,

I am glad you have another idea of how to use red onion, feta, and spinach, in addition to how you use them in your salad. They are a great addition to an omelet. Thanks for your comment.

Yves on February 27, 2021:

What I love about omelets is that they make for a quick dinner which can be highly satisfying. I love spinach, feta and red onions on my salads. Now I'll be able to enjoy this combination with my eggs.

Another winner recipe, Peggy. Thanks so much!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 27, 2021:

Hi Doris,

Too bad that your "cook" does not like spinach or feta cheese. I guess you will have to go it alone. (Smile) It is a tasty combination. At least you are familiar with the flavor of feta. We think it is great with eggs. Of course, it is also flavorful in salads. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2021:

Hi Ravi,

I am so pleased that you liked reading this recipe. It is so quick and easy to prepare but is well worth it for the flavors. Thanks for your comment.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 26, 2021:

Peggy, I hadn't thought about putting feta cheese in an omelet. We've used all kinds of cheese from cheddar to pepper jack. My "cook" doesn't like spinach or feta, so I'll have to make it myself, if I can push him out of the kitchen long enough. I got acquainted with feta several years ago when Wendy's started putting it on some of their salads. Thanks for your suggestion.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2021:

Hi Lora,

That is definitely a benefit of eating feta cheese...the lower calorie count. It does have a wonderful tangy flavor. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

We enjoy experimenting with different recipes also. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy your day today and the upcoming weekend!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 26, 2021:

Wonderful Peggy. The recipe makes me so hungry even reading about it and I can smell its divine smell wafting through the air. Thanks for sharing this simple yet wonderful recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

Hi Bill,

Yes, this omelet and most of them are easy to make. I am glad you enjoyed learning a bit more about feta cheese. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

We will pass on the diner idea but appreciate your comment about our recipes. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

Eggs offer so many ways in which to enjoy them. I am glad you like the sound of this version. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

Hi Liza,

I enjoy changing up the ingredients when making omelets and do like all of the ones you use. I think you will like using feta cheese since you do like cheese in your omelets. It is a different flavor, but good!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

Hi Devika,

I agree that cheese added to omelets adds extra flavor. The feta cheese gives it a distinct taste that my husband and I enjoy. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy your day today!

Lora Hollings on February 24, 2021:

This sounds delicious, Peggy. I love spinach and tomatoes combined with scrambled eggs. I usually don’t add cheese but if I were to use cheese, I think Feta would be great. It’s lower in fat than most other types of cheese and it has a wonderful flavor. I will have to try this soon! Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

Baby spinach is simply tiny leaves of spinach before they would grow to their full size. It may be called another word in other languages, but I cannot help you with that. It is fun to experiment with additives when making omelets. Thanks for your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 24, 2021:

Nice omelette recipe with healthy ingredients. I like experimenting with eggs, and this sounds good.

I had commented earlier also on this article, but it is not visible somehow.

Thank you for sharing this delicious and well presented omelette recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi Linda,

Experts always say that you eat with your eyes first, so making a colorful plate is inviting. I am glad that you enjoyed learning about feta cheese. Thanks for your comment.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on February 24, 2021:

Peggy, this looks great, and so colorful with the tomato’s. I think even I could make this and I love omelette’s. Interesting tidbits about feta cheese.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

Like you, I learned more about feta cheese when writing this. We enjoy eating it. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi MG,

I am glad to know that you like the sound of this recipe. Enjoy!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 24, 2021:

Peggy,

I think you & your husband need to open a little diner.

You always have the best recipes.

I love using red onion in dishes & I imagine the feta cheese pulls this one altogether.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi Heidi,

Omelets are good for any meal of the day. That is what makes them so versatile. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi Liza,

I like to vary the ingredients also depending upon what I have on hand. All of the ingredients you mentioned are good in an omelet.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Thanks for attempting to give it a 5-star rating. I agree! It is such a tasty combination of flavors.

manatita44 from london on February 24, 2021:

I did some variety in my eggs this morning, but no spinach or feta. Still, it looks quite healthy. Kudos to you, Peggy.

Liza from USA on February 24, 2021:

Peggy, an omelet is a dish that I love cooking for lunch or dinner. One of the reasons why I love making an omelet is because it's so simple but, you can make it delicious! Like yours, I would put spinach, onions, bell peppers, mushroom, and of course cheese. However, I have never tried making it with feta cheese. The omelet looks so good, it makes me hungry!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2021:

Hi Bill,

Just eliminate the spinach from this recipe. That is the nice thing about making omelets. You can add or subtract ingredients to suit your taste preference.

Would you believe after our deep freezing temperatures, it was 80 degrees yesterday! We have definitely warmed up!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 24, 2021:

I like this recipe and stove top omelet is delicious,. Cheese gives it a creamy taste.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 24, 2021:

Hi Peggy!

This sounds good and nutritious, with all it's rich ingredients.

I was curious to know about, what is baby spinach. I understand that it's the fresh and tender apex leaves.

I do lot of experiments with the eggs, especially the omelette.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 23, 2021:

Your omelet looks colourful and very tasty. I think it would make a great breakfast. I enjoyed learning about feta cheese as well as viewing the recipe.

Rosina S Khan on February 23, 2021:

I would like to try this omelet recipe definitely. And I did learn something more about Feta cheese. Thank you for sharing, Peggy.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 23, 2021:

I love omelettes this was a very interesting recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2021:

Hi Pamela,

I have also used other types of cheese when combining it with spinach in an omelet. The feta gives it a different flavor that is appealing to our taste buds. I am glad you enjoyed learning a bit more about the making of feta cheese. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

I am glad that you learned more about the process of making feta cheese. Thanks for your comment.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on February 23, 2021:

You had me at omelet! Love 'em for lunch or dinner. Thanks for the tasty suggestions!

Liza from USA on February 23, 2021:

Peggy, an omelet is a dish that I love cooking for lunch or dinner. One of the reasons why I love making an omelet is because it's so simple but, you can make it delicious! Like yours, I would put spinach, onions, bell peppers, mushroom, and of course cheese. However, I have never tried making it with feta cheese. The omelet looks so good, it makes me hungry!

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 23, 2021:

This looks really good, Peggy. HP would not let me vote but I would have given it 5 stars! I can tell this is a winner!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

You are kind to make this for your parents even though you do not enjoy eating eggs. I am sure that they appreciate your efforts.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2021:

Hi Rachelle,

I love mushrooms in omelets also! Thanks for your comment. I hope you enjoy feta cheese in the next one you make.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 23, 2021:

Throw out the spinach and I'll eat this all day. Sorry, but I just can't get past the smell of spinach. It's a stomach-turner! :(

I hope all is well with you after the big thaw. Be well and safe, my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2021:

Thank you for a bit of history of feta cheese. I will try this omelet as it has some of my favorite ingredients. I have used cheese and spinach before, but I never made quite this combination. It sounds delicious. Thank for sharing this recipe, Peggy.

Sandra on February 23, 2021:

Well done Peggy, really well done. We have eaten Feta Cheese for years but never knew all the information provided in your videos and copy. Thank You.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 23, 2021:

very Nice recipe Peggy

I don't like to eat egg

but this one I will try for sure

it looks super nice

thanks for sharing

I will make this for my parents

blessings

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2021:

Hi Liz,

Feta cheese is a must-have ingredient to be in Greek salads. I like it used that way also. I so enjoyed your latest article! I almost felt like I was there with you!

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on February 23, 2021:

OMG Peggy, I am literally just finishing a spinach, mushroom omelette as I ran into your article! What do they say about "Great Minds?" I've never tried it with Feta cheese, thanks for the tip - I'll try it and let you know how it turned out!

Liz Westwood from UK on February 23, 2021:

This sounds like a very tasty recipe. I like to make a Greek salad with feta cheese.

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