Despite the numerous health benefits of spinach, most of us have a love-hate relationship with this mild-flavored green and will go to great lengths to avoid it. It’s time we change that.
Take a leaf (see what we did there?) out of Popeye’s book and incorporate this healthy green in your diet with these 30 super delicious spinach recipes. From creamed spinach and spinach artichoke dip to spinach rice with pasta and crustless spinach quiche, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Let’s get you started with this wonderful salad, full of contrasting textures and flavors. It has roasted beets, pre-cooked lentils, and spinach and is topped with walnuts coated in maple syrup and crumbled goat cheese. Serve with a bright and flavorful pomegranate vinaigrette for a refreshing bite.
To make this lovely juicy chicken spinach recipe, cut shallow slits in the chicken breasts and stuff with cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, mayonnaise, garlic, and freshly chopped spinach. Make sure you sear the chicken first for a gorgeous golden brown color before finishing off in the oven.
A hearty, healthy recipe, this salad is made with spinach, umami mushrooms, protein-rich hard-boiled egg, and smoky bacon and dressed in a tangy vinaigrette. This salad is full of flavor and pairs excellently with a leg of lamb to create a fantastic meal.
#4. Creamed Spinach
This easy side dish is a great way to use up any leftover spinach in your fridge. Made simply with frozen spinach and heavy cream, this dish is so deliciously creamy that you’ll forget you’re eating greens! It pairs wonderfully with roast chicken or pan-seared steak.
In this one-pot meal, a heavenly garlic cream sauce made with artichokes, capers, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes gives a delicious burst of flavor to the soft and juicy pan-seared Tuscan chicken. Serve it with pasta, green veggies, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles.
Featuring a mouthwatering blend of cheddar and feta cheeses with mushrooms, spinach, and sweet onion, this crustless quiche recipe is packed with nutrition and flavor. It’s also quite simple to prepare. Just spoon the cooked ingredients into a pie plate, pour the egg mixture on top, and bake to create the perfect breakfast or brunch dish.
A veggie-filled frittata studded with crispy bacon and topped with melting cheese, it’s perfect for a weekend brunch. This recipe also has an extra punch of juicy tomatoes. It’s also very versatile, so feel free to explore various combinations of ingredients to make this frittata to your liking!
This three-ingredient dish, made with gnocchi, chicken sausage, and spinach, is incredibly tasty, easy to prepare, and adaptable to the diverse tastes of everyone in the family. You can also add some chopped tomatoes and/or Parmesan cheese on top.
Squares of puff pastry dough stuffed with wonderful spinach filling flavored with sauteed onion, garlic, fresh dill, crumbled feta, lemon zest, and a dash of nutmeg, these puffs are brushed with egg wash and baked until golden brown to create the most delicious bite-sized appetizers.
Incredibly healthy and very flavorsome, this recipe is made with feta cheese, lemon, garlic, onion, cooked quinoa, lemon zest and juice, eggs, and frozen chopped spinach, Garnish it with fresh dill sprigs and serve with lemon wedges and a delectable Tzatziki sauce.
Like your eggs runny? Prefer them sunny side up? Cook them however you like and nestle them between garlicky mushrooms, wilted spinach, and seasonings to make a nutrient-dense meal. Serve with feta or goat cheese as garnish and some bread and enjoy!
Make this simple side dish by sautéing spinach with garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper and toss it in sesame oil. Add a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds for a deeper flavor, and you’ve got yourself a dish that’ll leave you wanting more. Pair it with an Asian-inspired dish for an exceptional meal.
Blend spinach with nuts and garlic in a food processor, steam it in olive oil to make a pesto, then finish it off with parmesan cheese and seasonings. To serve, toss a few teaspoons of this incredibly creamy pesto into spaghetti and top with baked turkey meatballs.
This protein-packed meal combines black beans with baby spinach, scallions, feta cheese, and various spices, cooked and added to a tortilla. Roll the tortilla tightly, wrap it in foil, and place it in the freezer. You can then serve it as required by microwaving it until steaming hot.
A delightfully savory bread pudding, this recipe features garlicky spinach with three types of cheese — Swiss, Gruyere, and Parmesan. It contains all the elements required to make it a complete hit. Serve with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top for an extra cheesy kick.
This ultra-hearty and comforting dish is made by stuffing extra-large pasta shells with lots of sauteed spinach, creamy ricotta and mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce. This healthy, vegan dish is perfect for any occasion. Once baked, top it with a dusting of Parmesan before serving.
A gooey cheesy dip paired with bread rolls all baked in one skillet! Make this instant crowd-pleaser with frozen bread rolls, spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, mozzarella or Parmesan, sour cream, mayonnaise, and seasonings. This appetizer can also be prepared the night before to save time.
#18. Spinach “Burgers”
This recipe puts a delectable spinach-powered veggie spin on your favorite burger. To make, combine all ingredients — thawed frozen spinach, bread crumbs, spices, cheddar cheese, and seasonings — in a bowl to make patties, cook until firm and browned, then assemble on buns and top with tomatoes, lettuce, or other veggies and serve!
Fresh spinach cooked with garlic and sour cream, cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, and spices and stuffed in whole baby bella or white mushrooms. The stuffed mushrooms are then baked until the cheese is bubbly and melty, creating the perfect appetizer or snack.
Cook up a pot of good old white rice with spinach and garlic, then season it with a squeeze of lemon juice and chopped dill, and sprinkle with feta crumbles before serving. The savory, fresh flavors of this delicious Mediterranean-style side dish will spice up your weeknight dinner like nothing else.
Cheddar cheese, bacon, red peppers, and a scrumptious spinach ricotta filling — what’s not to like in this recipe? It’s also very adaptable; you can use any fillings you like and can even make it ahead of time for a savory brunch on busy weeknights!
#22. Spinach Smoothie
Here’s an easy way to meet your daily greens requirement while getting an energy boost to power yourself through the day. This spinach smoothie is nutrient-dense — containing a mix of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals — and thanks to the addition of fruits and veggies, it’s also super delicious to sip on. It can also be customized to your liking.
Fresh and sweet strawberries, toasted pecans, fiery red onions, and creamy feta, all tossed with a delectable Balsamic poppy seed dressing — even the most ardent spinach haters will enjoy this summery salad. This vibrant dish works best as a starter or side with a hearty meal.
This veggie-packed rice bowl is made with a combination of chickpeas and spinach with almond butter served over a bed of turmeric rice with chopped almonds, chili, and coriander. This recipe is really adaptable, so if you have any specific taste preferences, feel free to experiment.
To make this refreshing drink, combine English cucumber and baby spinach with fresh mangoes, apples, apple cider vinegar, and ginger. Blitz in a blender until smooth. This cold glass of green goodness can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack or a pre-workout drink.
Colorful, nutritious, and so tasty — you’ve never had pancakes like these! The batter is made with baby spinach, avocado, tomatoes, spring onions, coriander, lime juice, and seasonings and cooked until golden. Serve with avocado salad, chili sauce, lime wedges, and cheese for a nutrient-dense meal.
A refreshing, delicious smoothie, this is a fantastic breakfast or mid-day snack. To make, blend fresh spinach, frozen pineapple chunks and cucumber slices, unsweetened soy milk, avocado, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract for the perfect balance of sweet, creamy, and earthy. Serve with fresh berries and shredded coconut for added crunch!
Perfectly cooked salmon smothered in a tomato-and-spinach cream sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese together create a lovely dish that few can resist. Serve it with burned broccoli and garlic on the side for the perfect Tuscany flavors!
Do you think a healthy pizza can’t be tasty? Think again! This recipe is created with three kinds of cheese — ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan — and is just garlicky and savory enough to satisfy your pizza cravings. The toppings are a stunning mix of herby spinach and colorful veggies. Slip it into the oven and bake until browned. Slice and serve immediately!
This protein-packed wrap is super easy to make with everyday ingredients like spinach wrap, roasted red pepper hummus, provolone cheese, julienned carrot, cucumber, radish, and baby spinach. Make it the night before, wrap it in parchment paper, and store it in the fridge for a quick breakfast or lunch the next day.