Here are all the best spinach recipes to add loads of leafy greens to your diet! Try it in soups, salads, pasta, pizza and more.
Looking to eat more spinach? 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 are our best spinach recipes: best in terms of the best ways to eat more spinach! Many of them are healthy, like spinach salad and spinach green smoothies, but others are a little more decadent: like spinach artichoke pizza! 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.
Here’s a fun way to turn everyday rice into a classy side dish: Spinach Rice! Take plain old white rice and cook up a pot with spinach and garlic, then flavor it with a pop of lemon and sprinkle of feta cheese. It’s an elegant Mediterranean-style side dish that you can serve for guests or just use to spice up weeknights. And, it’s a great way to load up on spinach. The savory, fresh flavors are unreal!
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!
Want to eat your greens and love it? Try this creamy spinach pasta, starring chewy al dente pasta and an irresistible Parmesan garlic cream sauce! The way the creamy sauce and garlic accentuate the leafy greens makes it one of our top vegetarian pasta recipes. Cozy up to a bowl and it’s positively life-giving. You’ll never love spinach more!
Want to get your greens and eat your pizza too? Try this Spinach Pizza! It’s got the power to change the minds of spinach haters everywhere. Yes, this pizza is all about garlicky, savory flavor! Any bitterness in the spinach melts away into the three cheeses. Ricotta makes for a creamy base, and mozzarella and Parmesan add stretchy texture and savory flavor.
Want some inspiration for eating your leafy greens? Try this creamy spinach soup! This beautiful green puree is packed with savory flavor and has a rich, creamy mouthfeel. It’s perfect for parties like the first course of a meal: or pair it with grilled cheese for a satisfying lunch or dinner. It’s ideal if you have a big bag of spinach to use up: spinach soup to the rescue!
Try a cozy pan of Lasagna Roll Ups! This unique spin on the iconic Italian dish is a fun way to put a spin on dinner. This recipe features a comforting vegetarian filling of spinach, basil and ricotta, topped with a garlicky easy homemade tomato sauce. Roll up the noodles and cover them in melty mozzarella cheese, and it’s fun, a crowd-pleasing dinner recipe.
Want a dinner recipe that’s easy and impressive? This spinach artichoke stuffed salmon recipe is out latest favorite! A creamy, savory filling flavored like your favorite dip is the ideal contrast to flaky, tender salmon. This might be one of our favorite salmon recipes because it’s so simple and a total showstopper.
Here’s a tasty, simple soup that impresses every time: Spinach Tortellini Soup! Doughy pillows of tortellini and leafy spinach float in a tangy, tomato broth seasoned with Italian herbs and Parmesan cheese. It’s loaded up with nutrient-dense spinach and tender vegetables like carrot and fennel, which add nuance and crunch.
Want a knockout spinach idea? Try this Spinach Quiche, the perfect savory pie for any occasion! This one features a savory filling with spinach and cheddar cheese, scented with garlic and just the right seasoning to make it irresistible not to take another bite. Pour it all into a flaky pastry crust and bake until puffed and golden.
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!
Love a good seafood dinner? Here’s one with your name on it: this tasty shrimp and spinach skillet! Succulent, juicy shrimp sit atop a bed of fluffy rice flavored with garlic, dill and spinach. Give it a good sprinkling of feta cheese and a few spritzes of lemon juice, and it’s truly a revelation.
Here’s a spinach recipe that’s simple, hearty and pleases a crowd: easy Stuffed Shells! Stuff pasta shells with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan and spinach, then bake them up in a bath of garlicky tomato sauce. It makes your kitchen smell heavenly, and the first bite into one of those jumbo shells confirms it’s just as tasty as the smell.
Looking for a spinach recipe for breakfast or brunch? Try a crustless quiche! It’s deliciously savory and hearty, with lots of protein to keep bellies full all morning. Even better: it’s so easy to whip up! No need to bother with a quiche crust: just whisk together the filling and pop it in the oven. This crustless spinach quiche is a bit of a miracle: even our spinach-fearing 4 year old loves it!
What’s better than a good spinach dip? This one is so easy to make: it’s the kind that’s served cold, perfect for dipping pita chips or serving in a bread bowl. The recipe is a little healthier than most, relying on Greek yogurt for much of the creaminess. It’s quick to put together: just 10 minutes!
Are you a tofu fan? Then you’ll love this simple tofu soup with spinach, a tasty, nourishing plant-based meal! Cubes of tofu float in a savory broth flavored with miso, ginger, dried mushrooms, and fresh mushrooms. Add crunchy carrots and green onions just before serving, and it’s a satisfying combination of hearty earthiness with crisp, fresh vegetables.
This tortellini and spinach skillet is the perfect weeknight dinner! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a pasta skillet that’s a literal symphony of flavor. The fresh basil-infused marinara sauce is perfectly complimented with pillows of tangy goat cheese.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Here's a cozy, comforting spinach recipe: Spinach Ricotta Lasagna! The tomato sauce has just the right zing and garlic nuance, and the spinach ricotta cheese filling is classic and creamy. It’s scented with fresh thyme and a little lemon zest, which takes it to over the top status. There’s no one who will turn down a piece!
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.
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.
Here’s the very best sautéed spinach recipe, guaranteed to make eating your greens taste amazing! Even better, it takes just 10 minutes to whip up.
3 bunches (1 ½ pounds total with stems, or 12 ounces leaves)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, smashed
Mounded ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste if desired
1 ½ 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.
Keywords: Spinach Recipes
More on eating leafy greens
Need more inspiration outside of these spinach recipes? We’ve got lots of it. Here are a few more resources for getting your greens: