Spinach Recipes for Every Meal
Cooks classify this good-for-you green three ways: Curly-leaf spinach has crinkled leaves; flat-leaf spinach, often sold frozen or canned, has smoother leaves and a slightly milder flavor; and baby spinach is simply the flat-leaf type harvested when very young and tender.
In Season: Fresh spinach is available year-round.
What to Look For: Look for bright green, unwilted leaves. Avoid slimy or spotted leaves.
How to Store:Both curly- and flat-leaf spinach are sold in bunches and bags, and baby spinach comes prepackaged or loose. Refrigerate spinach in a plastic bag; it spoils quickly, so use it within a couple of days.
New Spinach Salad
And a poached egg, with its runny richness, one-ups the traditional hard-cooked. A spritz of sherry vinegar completes the transformation.
Spinach Mac and Cheese
Add a bit of green goodness to basic mac and cheese with fresh spinach, stirred into the sauce until just wilted.
Look no further for a quick-cooking whole-grain side dish that goes with just about any meal.
Skillet Spinach Pie
Opa! This spanakopita-inspired dish is a great vegetarian main or a hearty side for grilled or roast meats.Get the Skillet Spinach Pie Recipe
Hot Spinach Dip
Cream cheese and mozzarella make this hot spinach dip extra rich and flavorful. It can be made up to three days ahead of time and baked just before you’re ready to serve it.
Sauteed Spinach with Crisp Pancetta
It only takes a few minutes to saute tender baby spinach leaves and crown them with crisp pancetta and a kiss of lemon.
Spinach and Gruyere Souffle
Gruyere cheese sauce forms the creamy base for this spectacular and satisfying souffle.
Pay tribute to the old-school steakhouse with this classic creamed spinach recipe.
Wilted Spinach Salad with Caramelized Shallots
Caramelized shallots lend sweetness and depth to the warm vinaigrette that envelops tender baby spinach leaves.
Spinach Cream Soup
Veloute, a classic French "mother sauce" is the basis for a creamy, vibrantly green spinach soup.
Spinach and Cheddar Strata
This savory bread pudding is a deliciously rich and cheesy choice for a vegetarian brunch or dinner.
This bright-green beauty of a side dish is a healthy alternative to buttery mashed potatoes.
The spicy bite of fresh chiles and garlic complements mellow spinach.
Spinach Pesto Penne
Spinach and walnuts stand in for the usual basil and pine nuts in this quick and easy sauce that you can whip up year-round.
Crisp phyllo tops a fresh-tasting spinach-and-feta filling in this savory Greek pie. Cut into small squares and served at room temperature, this pie makes a terrific hors d'oeuvre.
Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
This bright breakfast is loaded with vegetables, so you get an early start on eating well.
Chicken and Spinach Casserole
Combine shredded chicken with sauteed spinach in a cream sauce, pour into a baking dish, and top with torn bread to concoct this creamy, bubbling casserole.
Spinach and Mushroom Lo Mein
This vegetarian rendition of the Chinese take-out favorite combines cremini mushrooms, scallions, fresh spinach, and lots of ginger with chewy lo mein noodles.
Prepare this savory bread pudding the night before you plan to serve it; the bread will soak up the ingredients and bake up creamy and golden. Young Fontina from Northern Italy, a superb melting cheese, adds lushness and a little tang to the dish.
Spinach-Gruyere Gateau de Crepes
A winsome way to use leftover crepes, this towering gateau de crepes replaces the usual jam, cream, and chocolate with alternating layers of rich bechamel and sauteed spinach.
Spinach and Pepper Pita Pizzas
Mini whole-wheat pitas make perfect snack-size pizzas. Top each with fresh spinach, roasted red peppers, and creamy Havarti cheese.
Creamy Spinach and Sweet-Onion Dip with Crudites
Spinach and watercress, abundant in antioxidants, are no chore to eat when blended into this healthful yet indulgent take on spinach dip. Avocado lends it richness, and colorful crudites add crunch but not empty calories.
Spinach Tart with Olive-Oil Cracker Crust
In this vegetarian main course, the lushness of spinach and feta is set off by a crisp, easy-to-make crust. You'll want it in your repertoire year-round.