Spinach isn’t just for salads! We are sharing 25 ways to highlight this versatile and nutrient dense leafy green!
We’ve all been there, your parent or maybe slightly more responsible partner says “eat your spinach”. And you can’t argue with them because Popeye has taught us all that spinach packs a big nutritious punch. Which it does but it also is an incredibly versatile and tasty leafy green when prepared correctly!
Spinach makes a great salad, but it’s actually one of my least favorite ways to use it. I like to use spinach much like I would kale or arugula which means putting it on pizza, turning it into a dip, using it to keep dips like guacamole green (and even feeding spinach to my dog)!
Should I wash my spinach?
Before we get into recipes, I thought you might wonder if you should wash the spinach leaves first. The answer will depend on what kind of spinach you buy and how or when you plan to use it.
Bagged spinach: Bagged spinach is typically labeled as “pre-washed” this means that it has been sent through a commercial washer. You probably don’t need to wash bagged spinach (I don’t) but some claim that washing it will extend the life of the leafy green. Bagged spinach is sometime labeled as double or triple washed in which case you can definitely skip washing it again.
Unwashed spinach: If you are buying a bushel of spinach that isn’t bagged, is from a local farm, or picked from your garden it should be washed before using. But only wash it right before you are ready to use it. If you wash it early and store the spinach in a bag in the fridge , the excess moisture will cause it to go bad quicker.
Freezing spinach: If you plan to freeze the spinach, you should wash any unwashed spinach prior to freezing it.