45 Spinach Recipes | olivemagazine

When is spinach in season?

Spinach is available all year round, but is at it’s best from April to September.

Why we love spinach

Spinach is found in cuisines across the world – from Indian saag paneer or Italian gnudi to Greek spanakopita or the lesser-known Indo-Chinese crackling spinach (see recipes below). It’s easy to add a handful to soups and stews, or use as a fresh leaf in salads. The bitter notes of spinach pair particularly well with dairy and eggs – try in a green shakshuka, a cheesy tart or pie, or a vegetarian risotto.

Health benefits of spinach

Spinach is a great source of fibre (good for boosting gut health and immunity), vitamin K, magnesium and calcium. It’s perhaps best known for being high in iron, which is key for the healthy function of red blood cells, helping support energy production. It’s also naturally high in nitrates, which can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels – and in turn reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Easy spinach recipes

Pea, spinach and crab risotto

Banish January blues and make our vibrant pea risotto with spinach for a low-calorie dinner for the family. See more risotto recipes to try next.

Pea Risotto Recipe with Spinach and Crab

Smoked haddock pie

Combine spinach with smoked haddock and seasonal Jersey Royal potatoes to make this stand-out fish pie, best served alfresco.

Smoked haddock pie in a pie dish with a slice taken out, against a royal blue fabric background

Vegan orzo one pot with dill yogurt

Toasting the orzo brings out its nutty flavour, which goes really well with the gentle spices in this dish.

Pot of orzo topped with yogurt and dill next to a bowl of yogurt

Healthy spinach omelette

Creamed spinach and juicy cherry tomatoes top this healthy omelette, making a satisfying vegetarian lunch for one. See more quick and easy omelette recipes.

Omelette Stuffed with Spinach with Tomatoes on the Side

Saag paneer

Make this classic side dish, where spinach is mixed with crisp golden paneer cubes, for your next curry night.

Two white bowls of golden cubes of paneer and wilted spinach on a blue background with a naan

Gigantes with spinach and chard

Spinach, butter beans and chard are cooked in olive oil, lemon juice and herbs in this Greek recipe.

Dish of butter beans, spinach and chard

Crackling spinach

Recreate this Indo-Chinese recipe from Soho’s chic Kolkata-inspired café, Fatt Pundit. Baby spinach gets a delicious makeover, with Greek yogurt, sweet date and tamarind chutney, pomegranate seeds and more.

Next, try the Fatt Pundit crispy salt ‘n’ pepper fried okra recipe.

Crackling spinach

Spinach rarebit with poached eggs

A quick veggie-packed version of a classic Welsh rarebit served with soft runny eggs.

Rarebit Recipe with Poached Eggs and Spinach

Saag chana masala

If you’re looking for a curry with a bit of heat, Asma Khan’s veggie chickpea and spinach curry is a fail-safe option.

A chickpea curry with spinach and a red chilli on top

Spinach, mascarpone and ham hock rotolo

Spirals of salty ham hock, creamy mascarpone and spinach create this showstopping pasta bake.

Spinach Rotolo Recipe with Ham Hock and Mascarpone

Green silk handkerchiefs (hand-cut spinach pasta)

Take your dinner party starter up a notch with homemade vibrant green pasta made with spinach and tossed in nutty brown butter and sage sauce.

Handkerchief Pasta Recipe with Spinach

Saag aloo

For a dish singing with warm, comforting flavours, have a go at this meat-free Indian classic. This is spinach at its finest.

Saag Aloo in a Serving Bowl

Spinach gnudi

Pillowy spinach gnudi with ricotta is a brilliant way to incorporate nutritious spinach into your diet while still getting those comforting, creamy flavours.

Four spinach gnudi on a plate

Homity pie

Our homely, hearty pie uses delicious leeks with potato and spinach to create this traditional British pie – perfect as a midweek vegetarian meal. Discover our best veggie pie recipes here.

Homity Pie Recipe

Leek, pea and spinach soup

Spinach, peas and leeks meet in this nourishing bowl of soup, making a perfect dinner party starter or meat-free lunch. Try more vegetarian soup recipes.

A bowl of leek, spinach and pea soup, topped with seeds

Tomato, spinach and mascarpone gnocchi

Put spinach at the heart of this creamy gnocchi recipe and grill until bubbling and golden for a quick midweek meal ready in 20 minutes.

Mascarpone Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomato

Spinach pancakes with smoked salmon

Turn your pancakes green with plenty of vitamin-rich spinach. Serve with fresh salmon and a squeeze of lemon – perfect for a lazy weekend brunch recipe. More brunch recipes here.

Spinach Pancake Recipe with Smoked Salmon

Artichoke, spinach and cheese pie

Take your cheese pie up a notch with spinach and marinated artichokes. Serve this crumbly, moreish savoury pie with a simple green salad for an easy midweek meal. Check out more of our savoury pie recipes here.

Spinach and Cheese Pie Recipe with Artichoke


Make our simple recipe for a traditional Greek spanakopita pie, it’s packed with baby spinach, feta and wrapped in crisp filo pastry. Discover more of our Greek recipes here.

Spanakopita Recipe

Spinach and ricotta gnocchi

Spinach adds real vibrance to this ricotta gnocchi for an impressive vegetarian entertaining idea. Check out more of our veggie dinner party recipes here.

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe

Artichoke pizza

Put spinach and artichoke at the heart of this homemade creamy – an easy midweek meal for four. Discover our best pizza recipes here.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza Recipe

Baked spinach-and-ricotta-stuffed pasta

Fill giant pasta shells with creamy ricotta and spinach for a simple vegetarian meal on the table in under an hour. Discover more of our easy veggie recipes here.

Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta

Tomato, cauliflower and spinach curry

Spinach is at it’s best from April through to September. Try it in our spinach, tomato and cauliflower curry. Check out our best veggie curry recipes here.

Tomato, Spinach and Cauliflower Curry Recipe

Spinach, chickpea and potato curry

Try our lightly-spiced vegan curry for a wholesome midweek meal for four that uses up your storecupboard ingredients such as tomatoes and chickpeas.

Spinach, chickpea and potato curry in a skillet with some naan breads

Chicken and spinach pilaf

Nothing beats a failsafe pilaf recipe. We put spinach at the heart of this vibrant chicken version. Ideal for a quick (but nutritious) midweek dinner. Check out our best chicken recipes here.

Chicken Pilaf Recipe with Spinach

Creamed spinach with nutmeg and gruyère

This wintery spinach and cheese side dish is really quick and easy to make that won’t leave you slaving over the stove for hours. Try more of our best side dishes here.

Creamed Spinach Recipe With Nutmeg And Gruyère

Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts

Try our quick and easy breakfast idea topped with spinach for plenty of protein, soft boiled eggs and flaky haddock. Try more of our haddock recipes here.

Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts

Creamy lentils with spinach and thyme

We add spinach and thyme to this creamy lentils dish for an iron-rich vegan meal – perfectly suited to those who want a light 5:2 friendly meal. More vegan recipes here.

Creamy Lentils Recipe With Spinach And Thyme

Spinach and fontina tart

This easy, cheesy spinach and fontina tart makes a great vegetarian centrepiece, just make sure you check the fontina packaging to ensure it’s made with vegetarian rennet. Check out our best savoury tarts here.

Spinach Tart Recipe With Fontina

Truffled spinach and ricotta ravioli

Ever deep-fried ravioli? The classic combination of spinach and ricotta makes these impressive canapés quick and easy to make. Discover our best veggie canapé recipes here.

Truffled Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli Recipe

Steakhouse-style spinach gratin

This is a fun way to eat spinach and a great way to get one of your five-a-day. Make this easy steakhouse-style gratin recipe as a side for a supper with friends.

Three white bowls filled with a green spinach gratin with melted cheese on top

Green eggs

Baked eggs with spinach is the perfect dish for a lighter brunch. It feels indulgent, but baked with spinach, mushrooms and low-fat crème fraîche, this comes in at under 200 calories per serving.

Baked eggs with spinach

Spinach and ricotta filo pie

This spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour you can make it ahead and cook it when you need it. Check out our best veggie pie recipes here.

Spinach and Ricotta Vegetarian Filo Pastry Pie Recipe

Salmon stuffed with creamy spinach

Here we’ve created a rich and creamy filling using spinach, soft cheese and dill to flavour the fish from the inside out, creating an impressive dish which serves up to four.

salmon stuffed with a green herby mixture and topped with dill fronds on a blue chopping board with a green napkin

Butternut squash, spinach and mascarpone lasagne

Butternut squash, spinach and mascarpone combine to make a winning vegetarian lasagne. It’s so packed full of flavour that even if you’re making it for meat-eaters there won’t be any complaints

Butternut squash, spinach and mascarpone lasagne in a large oval black baking dish, placed on a wooden plank

Spinach and feta quesadillas with tomato salsa

These quick flour tortillas are packed with spinach and feta and are perfect for an easy comforting midweek snack.

Spinach and Feta Quesadillas Recipe with Tomato Salsa

Sausage, spinach and chilli pasta

Make this speedy pasta with crispy sausagemeat and spinach and flavoured with chilli, garlic and dijon mustard. It packs a punch in terms of flavour and it’s ready on the table in less than half an hour.

A bowl of rigatoni pasta with spinach and meat, with a plate of parmesan in the background on a white cloth

Spinach, feta and onion parcels

Spinach and feta are a classic combination and work really well with the zing of preserved lemon. Try it in these vegetarian filo parcels which make a great, simple starter, snack or lunch. Discover more of our starter recipes here.

Filo Parcels Recipe Filled With Spinach, Feta and Onion

Spinach, feta and chickpea pancakes

These spinach and feta chickpea pancakes make for a delicious quick and healthy midweek meal. Chickpea flour (gram flour) is gluten-free and contains more protein than other flours. Plenty more pancake recipes here.

Spinach and feta chickpea pancakes

Florentine spinach poached eggs

Soft baby spinach stars in a creamy, nutmeg-infused sauce, making the perfect accompaniment to crispy parma ham and runny-yolked eggs – dunk slices of toasted ciabatta in for brunch.

Metal Pan Filled with Creamy Spinach and Eggs Next to Slices of Ciabatta on a Blue Background

Lamb and spinach curry

A classic lamb and spinach Indian curry – this would make a great economical, and much tastier, alternative to a Friday night take away. Serve with rice or naan. Check out more of our lamb curry recipes here.

Lamb and Spinach Curry Recipe

Baked spinach and ricotta pancakes

Ready-made-pancakes are used as an alternative to pasta in this delicious Italian-inspired dish with spinach. Check out more of our best Italian recipes here.

Baked Spinach and Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Spinach and feta pastry slice

Use puffy pastry to make this classic spinach-and-cheese spanakopita. It never fails to satisfy and is very simple to make.

Spinach and feta pastry slice

Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

This classic blend of spinach and ricotta is a favourite for a reason. Making it an open ravioli means that it’s quick and easy too. Use dried pasta if you can’t find fresh, and cook according to packet instructions.

open ravioli

Wild mushroom and spinach risotto

Add dried porcini mushrooms to this creamy risotto with fresh mushrooms and spinach – a smart quick supper for 2. Discover our best risotto recipes here.

Porcini Mushroom Risotto Recipe with Spinach

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