Here are all the tastiest spinach recipes to add loads of leafy greens to your diet! Spinach is great cooked or raw, in dishes from salad to pasta to soups.
Looking to eat more spinach? We are too. Over the years, Alex and I have had a mission: eat more leafy greens. It’s hard to find a vegetable that’s more nutritious. Though some people have sworn spinach as their mortal enemy, luckily there are all sorts of delicious ways to eat it in recipes!
Here we’ve compiled our best spinach recipes: best in terms of the best ways to eat more spinach! Most of them are healthy, like spinach salad and chickpea and spinach curry, but others are a little more decadent like spinach artichoke pizza. Hey, you’re still eating spinach! Let’s get cooking.
Wow, is this sauteed spinach recipe something to write home about! It's scented with garlic, wilted until bright green in a bit of olive oil. It’s finished off with lemon juice to give it a brightness. The flavor is fresh and vibrant, not lifeless and mushy as you might expect! It tastes so good, you'll find yourself sneaking seconds.
Here’s a spinach recipe to impress. It’s everything a classy spinach salad should be, full of texture and flavor contrasts. You’ll barely notice you’re eating this healthy leafy green when it’s covered tangy balsamic vinaigrette. There’s crunchy smoky pecans, almost bacon-like glazed with maple syrup and soy sauce. Add hard boiled eggs or a crisp-tart apple, and you’ve got a stunning side salad that will make everyone ooo and ahhh. (It happens every time we serve it…really.)
Here’s a spin on spinach artichoke dip that takes this classic to a new level! When we serve this tangy, creamy dip, everyone parks themselves around the bowl. This version is baked in the oven and served warm. It's made with Greek yogurt and less mayo and cheese than the typical dip, giving it a healthy-ish spin. Serve with pita chips. Also try the quick and easy version that's served cold: Easy Spinach Dip.
You've likely seen spinach tortillas or wraps in a store: but did you know you can make them at home? These brightly colored tortillas get their all-natural color from spinach leaves. It's a fun project: reserve an hour for a kitchen DIY!
Want to get your greens in the best way? This is the best spinach smoothie that’s so tasty, you’ll forget that you’re eating your greens. This tasty smoothie can be made two ways: with cashews for some protein, or with more fruit to keep it nut-free. Either way, it’s plant-based and packed with nutrients…as you’d expect a green drink would be!
Adding spinach to pasta is another one of our favorite tricks! In this spinach alfredo recipe, creamy alfredo sauce coats the pasta, and the spinach takes on the cheesy flavor of the sauce. This one's great for the spinach wary.
Spinach artichoke is everyone's favorite combination: why not eat it on top of a pizza! This spinach recipe pairs the leafy green with tangy artichokes, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan atop our pizza dough master recipe. It's a true treat!
Why not add some green goodness to mac and cheese, too? This mac and cheese with spinach recipe is a family favorite, featuring Greek yogurt stirred into the cheese sauce for added nutrients. The spinach instantly takes on all that cheesy flavor.
Why not make spinach into...meatballs? This spinach meatballs recipe is a stunner, pairing spinach with feta and herbs, then baking the meatballs in the oven. They come out crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, perfect for pairing with spaghetti as a cozy meal.
Next up in our spinach recipes: the easiest way to eat spinach. In a salad! But this isn't just any salad. It will blow you away: and it only takes 15 minutes to make! Here baby spinach leaves are topped with thin-sliced apples and pears, crunchy maple-glazed walnuts, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. WOW, it's good! And it wow's the crowd every time, too.
This glowing green hummus recipe gets its color from...you guessed it! Spinach. This spinach recipe is full of good-for-you ingredients like chickpeas and tahini. Cilantro and lime give it a bright and tangy flavor! It's a fun variation on that ever popular spread for dipping pita chips and veggies.
Throwing handfuls of leafy greens into quiches and frittatas is another great way to eat your greens. This spinach quiche features a crunchy almond crust that’s packed with flavor from garlic and olive oil. And the savory filling has Gruyere cheese and a splash of white wine. This recipe gets rave reviews from everyone who’s tried it!
This veggie quesadilla recipe has double the spinach: it's in the tortillas and the filling! If you don't have time to make spinach tortillas at home (see above), grab some store bought ones. Then fill them with black beans, sweet potatoes, and sauteed spinach for a veggie-packed filling! (And a little cheese, of course.)
This curry with chickpeas and spinach recipe is designed for weeknights and comes together in just 20 minutes! It's seriously flavorful, filled with ginger, garlic, cumin and curry powder, with a little coconut milk swirled in to make it creamy. Serve with basmati rice (or Instant Pot rice).
One of our top ways to add spinach to recipes: throw baby spinach into soups! It cooks in less than a minute and instantly absorbs the flavor of the soup. This Italian soup features doughy gnocchi dumplings and lots of veggies.
Here's a fan favorite spinach recipe: our "famous" spinach artichoke grilled cheese! It's all the goodness of spinach artichoke dip, packed between two layers of toasted bread. And it takes just minutes to put together.
No matter how you eat, this vegan lasagna will be a hit. It's smothered in a zesty marinara sauce, layered with spinach, mushrooms, and our secret ingredient: hummus! Top with a sprinkling of "Parmesan" and it will please everyone at the table...we guarantee it.
Another great place to add spinach to recipes: risotto! This one features creamy, savory rice and the sweet flavor of roasted cauliflower. Flavored with Parmesan and a splash of white wine, it's a sophisticated way to eat your greens.
Often we throw handfuls of spinach into soups to wilt in with the other veggies: but here we've used it to color the entire soup! This potato leek soup is a vibrant green color from spinach, which makes it so much more fun to eat than potato-colored soup. (Though of course, potato-colored soup ain't bad either.)
One last spinach pasta recipe, if you please! We love adding spinach to our pasta because it so easily takes on the flavors of the dish. It's an easy way to get all those spinach nutrients! This mushroom pasta with goat cheese, fresh herbs and lemon is a quick and easy dinner recipe tastes like it took all day to make.
One last green soup recipe (promise). This green vegetable chowder has a bright green color and homey vibe. It’s full of spring vegetables: green peas, baby spinach, chives, and mint. It's got an almost meaty flavor from cumin, coriander, and garlic, set off by the fresh herbs. Add a squeeze of lemon to your bowl to take it up a notch!
Last but not least in our spinach recipes: a green smoothie! This glowing green smoothie is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor. It's full of green apples, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts. The spinach gives it a vivid, glowing green color that's makes it instantly eye-catching.
Here’s the very best sauteed spinach recipe, guaranteed to make eating your greens taste amazing! Even better, it takes just 10 minutes to whip up.
3 bunches (1 1/2 pounds total with stems, or 12 ounces leaves)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, smashed
Mounded 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste if desired
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
If your spinach is in a bunch, chop off the stems. For bunch or baby leaves, roughly chop the leaves (this should only take a few seconds, just to get the larger pieces a bit smaller).
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the whole garlic cloves for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. The carefully the add spinach leaves and cover the pan. It will seem like a lot of volume, but it will wilt down to be very small. Cook for 2 minutes.
Remove the lid. Depending on the size and maturity of your spinach leaves, it may already be done, or stir and continue cooking about 30 seconds until the spinach is wilted but still bright green.
Stir in the kosher salt and fresh lemon juice. Taste and add additional salt to taste: spinach is very susceptible to salt, so use only small bits at a time! The flavor should pop but not be salty.
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More on eating leafy greens
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.