Side Dishes

19 Tasty Spinach Side Dishes

Make any meal healthier by adding a delicious spinach side!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated December 31, 2022

Get your fill of leafy greens by adding one of these delicious spinach side dishes to dinner.

delicious spinach side dishes

Spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. It’s chock full of magnesium and vitamin E which helps boost the immune system.

Spinach is in season around early spring, but it’s also available frozen year-round. Fresh spinach and frozen spinach have the same amount of nutrients, so I often use both!

The flavor of spinach is quite mild, so it goes well in so many types of dishes. I like to simply saute it with garlic, or you can add creamed spinach to casseroles and pastas.

Raw baby spinach has a tender and mildly sweet flavor that also makes it perfect for summer salads!

This versatile leafy green is inexpensive, easy to cook, and tastes great (even to picky eaters!). Try incorporating spinach into your meal with one of these tasty spinach side dishes.

delicious spinach side dishes recipe

01. Creamed Spinach

A simple, comforting side you can throw together in minutes.

Garlicky spinach is combined with a velvety smooth cream sauce for a taste that is super rich and savory. Since this recipe uses kitchen staples like milk, butter, and frozen spinach, it’s easy and cheap to make too!

This creamed spinach recipe goes great as a side for roast chicken and potatoes.

02. Garlic Sautéed Spinach

The perfect savory vegetable side.

Fresh minced garlic sauteed in olive oil gives this dish a robust savory aroma and flavor. All you need to do is let the spinach wilt for a minute over medium heat and it’s ready to serve!

You can add mix-ins like crumbled bacon or feta cheese to take this side to the next level.
And a splash of soy sauce for a salty hit!

03. Korean Spinach

Combining spinach with all your favorite Korean food flavors.

Korean spinach (also known as sigumchi namul) is a classic Korean side dish flavored with garlic and sesame oil. Cooked spinach is combined with these aromatic ingredients and a hint of sugar, so it’s sweet and savory!

Serve this Korean spinach with grilled meats, or add it to your homemade bibimbap.

04. Creamy Spinach Souffle

So cheesy and rich you’ll forget there are vegetables in it!

This holiday dish is filled with rich and creamy cottage cheese and melted sharp cheddar cheese. Whisked eggs help the souffle puff up in the oven to make it perfectly light and fluffy.

If you have picky eaters, this is a great way to warm them up to eating vegetables!

05. Fresh Spinach Apple Salad

A delicious and refreshing lunch or dinner side.

The combination of juicy sweet apple slices and tangy feta cheese satisfies every part of your tastebuds. Add-ins like toasted walnuts and dried cranberries make this salad feel both hearty and healthy.

Finish this fresh spinach salad with a honey balsamic dressing to accentuate those sweet flavors.

06. Spinach and Mushroom

So much richness and umami, without any meat!

This vegetarian recipe gets its depth of flavors from intensely savory ingredients like sautéed mushrooms and onion. Spinach gives this saucy dish a pop of freshness to balance the rich and creamy flavors.

Ladle this dish over your favorite pasta or mashed potatoes for instant deliciousness.

07. Spinach Dip

The perfect party dip for bread, crackers, or veggies!

This super cheesy dip is filled with melted cream cheese and parmesan to give it some bite. The perfectly cooked spinach becomes so tender in all that cheese that it practically melts in your mouth!

You can prepare this dip ahead of time, then just pop it in the oven when your guests arrive!

08. Spinach Casserole

A low-carb keto dish that still tastes decadent.

Tender broccoli, soft spinach, and plenty of cheese on top sounds like my kind of low-carb dinner! The decadent cream cheese and mayonnaise sauce make the dish so rich you won’t miss the rice and bread.

Of course, you can always add chicken breasts, rice, or even potatoes to adapt this recipe to feed a family.

09. Spinach Quiche

An elegant breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Everyone loves pie, and this savory, creamy spinach and custard pie is no exception! It’s filled with all your favorite breakfast ingredients like bacon, egg, and cheese, all delivered in a flaky pie crust.

This dish is a great alternative to omelets, and it’s more filling too!

10. Spinach Soup

Brighten up the dinner table with this vibrant green soup!

Rich, flavorful ingredients like cream cheese and garlic make this soup palatable even for picky eaters. If you have spicy food lovers in your family, you can even add jalapenos to give this soup some kick.

Try this delicious recipe with grilled meats, or as an appetizer for summer meals.

11. Spanakopita

Irresistibly flaky and crispy.

This Mediterranean pie is so buttery yet still tastes light because of the crisp phyllo pastry. The creamy spinach and feta cheese filling is bright, tangy, and mouthwateringly savory!

You can make this spanakopita as a casserole, or shape it into triangles for a handheld appetizer.

12. Palak Paneer

This popular Indian curry proves that spinach and cheese were meant to be together!

This creamy curry is filled with spiced spinach and salty pieces of Indian cheese (palak). The spinach is simmered with cream to help cut out the bitterness and create a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

The abundance of veggies and spices in this curry also makes it a great source of antioxidants!

13. Spinach Mashed Potatoes

A genius way to make sure your kids get their veggies!

You may have heard about sneaking cauliflower into mashed potatoes, but this takes it to the next level! Sauteed spinach adds a subtle freshness to the potatoes, without taking away from their creaminess.

If you want to cut back on the fat, use chicken stock instead of butter for your mash.

14. Roasted Garlic, Chicken, and Spinach Pizza

A sophisticated adult version of your favorite Friday night dinner!

Instead of your typical red sauce, this pizza is made with a creamy garlic white sauce. The top is smothered with gooey mozzarella, seasoned roast chicken slices, and wilted spinach leaves.

This mouthwatering homemade recipe puts delivery pizza to shame.

15. Japanese Sesame Spinach

Classic Japanese umami flavors with a sweet twist!

A sweet and savory sesame dressing keeps the taste buds guessing with every bite. The wilted spinach absorbs all the nutty sesame oil and becomes intensely aromatic and packed with flavor.

The spinach is blanched rather than fried, so this recipe is super healthy too!

16. Spinach Risotto

This cozy gourmet dish just became healthier!

Warm the soul with this creamy rice dish seasoned with chicken stock and garlic. The fresh spinach blends in effortlessly and keeps the dish lively and fresh with a pop of green.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this delicious dish is with roasted chicken breast or seared scallops!

17. Spinach Baked Potatoes

Swap out the sour cream for this savory blend of veggies instead.

There’s no shortage of flavor in this loaded spinach and mushroom baked potato. The veggies are cooked in a creamy sauce with white wine, infusing the baked potato with loads of flavor.

A great way to get your veggie fix and your baked potato fix all at once!

18. White Beans and Spinach

A protein-packed side filled with fresh summer flavors.

This warm spinach side salad is filled with freshness from herbs like chives and parsley. The spinach is sauteed with garlic for an infusion of savory goodness, with some lemon juice to balance the flavors.

This healthy and filling spinach side dish checks all the boxes.

19. Artichoke and Spinach Bake

The perfect make-ahead dish for weekday dinners with the family.

Adding vegetables to a cheesy pasta bake helps keep it healthy but still delicious. The tangy artichokes and bitter spinach work perfectly together to help offset the richness of the cream sauce.

Make this pasta ahead of time and store it in a casserole dish in the refrigerator. When it’s time for dinner, simply pop it in the oven!

19 Tasty Spinach Side Dishes

Directions


  1. Choose one of these delicious spinach recipes.

  2. Take a trip to the grocery store for your ingredients.

  3. Prepare your fresh spinach side dish while the main course cooks.

  4. Enjoy a healthy and tasty dinner!

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