25 Spinach Recipes For National Spinach Day

Spinach is either one of those "love it" or "hate it" vegetables. Some devour the leafy greens, while some shun the veggie claiming they don't like the taste or the texture. Well, we're here to celebrate those who already love spinach and change the minds of those who don't with 25 delectable spinach recipes, just in time for National Spinach Day on March 26!

You can't deny the health benefits of spinach, so any of these recipes are worth digging into just to gain one — or more — of your daily servings of vegetables. Spinach is high in fiber, vitamins including Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and essential minerals such as iron and calcium. Spinach has also been linked to health benefits such as improved eye health, cancer prevention, and lower blood pressure.

So, this National Spinach Day (or any other day of the year, really) check out some of these classic and unique spinach recipes sure to please everyone at your dinner table, whether they prefer pasta, quiche, or saag paneer. Enjoy!

1. Baked Parmesan Spinach Balls

These Parmesan spinach balls are tasty, easy to make, and composed of only a few ingredients, mainly Parmesan cheese, spinach, and Italian-style breadcrumbs. Recipe developer Kristen Carli walks you through how to prepare the cheesy bite-sized balls, noting they are vegetarian, so they're perfect for practically everyone at your dinner party. Buy a jar of marinara or make your own tomato sauce for dipping and you're ready to roll.

Recipe: Baked Parmesan Spinach Balls

2. Warm Spinach Salad

Spinach is the perfect green for this elevated Cobb-esque salad, which also contains bacon, hard-boiled egg, blue cheese crumbles, and a delectable dressing made from Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and a bit of the fat left over from cooking the bacon. Recipe developer Christina Musgrave says it's up to you how you serve this salad, noting "it's definitely a more filling salad" which can work as a meal on its own, as a side salad, or as an afternoon snack.

Recipe: Warm Spinach Salad

3. Easy Spinach Lasagna

This lasagna dish is probably the most simple of all the lasagna dishes you'll ever make, thanks to no-boil noodles, store-bought tomato sauce, and frozen spinach. Plus, it's so delicious, it's sure to be a family hit you'll make over and over. And don't worry, this lasagna doesn't skimp on the cheesiness in any capacity; it has plenty of mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan cheeses that will make your tongue do a happy dance. Prep takes just eight minutes and cooking time is just half an hour. You can't beat it!

Recipe: Easy Spinach Lasagna

4. 30-Minute Spinach and Mushroom Egg Strata

With a few good servings of veggies and a literal two-minute prep time, you can't go wrong with this yummy spinach and mushroom egg strata (which is similar to a bread pudding), whether you plan on enjoying it for breakfast, lunch, or a light snack. The strata cooks in just 28 minutes thanks to a super-hot 450 F oven. Recipe developer Kristen Carli advises to use stale bread, as it will better soak up the milk and the egg.

Recipe: 30-Minute Spinach and Mushroom Egg Strata

5. Easy Palak Paneer

While they're enhanced by the addition of plenty of Indian spices and flavors, recipe developer Miriam Hahn is quick to point out that spinach and paneer, an Indian cheese made from curdled milk, are the main and most potent ingredients here. Hahn lays out all the items you'll need to make this dish, offering substitutions along the way if you're looking to make the dish plant-based. Enjoy the finished product on its own or with some naan and white rice.

Recipe: Easy Palak Paneer

6. Garlic-Sautéed Spinach

Sometimes you're craving a basic side, and if you're looking a dish that's simple but totally delicious, we've got you covered with this garlic-sautéed spinach recipe. Prep is as simple as sautéing some garlic in oil, adding in a healthy amount of spinach leaves, and then sprinkling with red pepper flakes, as desired. We recommend serving this garlic-sautéed spinach with entrees like honey baked salmon or roasted chicken, but you can certainly serve it with any of your favorite meals.

Recipe: Garlic-Sautéed Spinach

7. Easy Crustless Spinach Quiche

This crustless spinach quiche is the perfect brunch or breakfast dish, whether it's National Spinach Day or a random Sunday. Chances are if you're making a spinach dish, you're looking for something healthier to eat, so bonus points to this quiche for lacking a crust, which cuts saturated fats and calories. Prep takes just 10 minutes and involves caramelizing the onions, sautéing in the spinach, and then adding in the dairy and eggs before transferring the mixtures to a quiche pan. Bake, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe: Easy Crustless Spinach Quiche

8. One-Pot Spinach and Feta Mac and Cheese

What better way to elevate classic, creamy mac and cheese than by making it healthier with the addition of spinach? We sure can't think of any! What's even better is that this mac and cheese cooks up in just one pot, not only making the recipe easy, but also eliminating the need to do lots and lots of dishes when all you want to do is dig in. We recommend using a pasta shape like orecchiette, cavatappi, or gemelli to make sure the sauce really sticks to the noodles.

Recipe: One-Pot Spinach and Feta Mac and Cheese

9. Squash Pomegranate Salad

When it comes to greens, spinach shares the spotlight with kale for this healthy, delicious recipe that yields a colorful salad filled with butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, and dressed in a homemade olive oil-based dressing. To prepare, first you'll cube and roast the squash in the oven before making the dressing then adding all the ingredients together to create this salad, which is perfect for a light late-winter lunch on National Spinach Day.

Recipe: Squash Pomegranate Salad

10. Cold Spinach Artichoke Dip

This spinach and artichoke dip is perfect for your app table if you plan on entertaining for National Spinach Day (hey, we're sure there are at least some out there that go big or go home on this greens-based occasion) or to enjoy on your own with a bag of pita chips or some crudité. There are plenty of creamy ingredients — think sour cream, cream cheese, and mozzarella cheese — to keep things smooth, and the artichokes and spinach make it clear that you're getting your fill of veggies, too.

Recipe: Cold Spinach Artichoke Dip

11. Lentil and Spinach Salad

Recipe developer Susan Olayinka was inspired to create this lentil and spinach salad after visiting a Mediterranean restaurant where a similar one is served, and boy, are we glad she did! You'll need to cook up some green lentils (red lentils tend to get mushy and are better used for soups) before tossing them with some red onion, feta cheese, black olives, crispy fried onions, and, of course, spinach. Then all that's left to do is to prepare the tangy oregano dressing and enjoy!

Recipe: Lentil and Spinach Salad

12. 15-Minute Creamy Spinach Pasta

This easy, creamy spinach pasta dish takes a favorite recipe and mixes in some healthy greens. We call that a win-win! Don't let the long ingredient list fool you; prep for this recipe takes just three minutes to prep and only 12 minutes of cooking time. Once finished, top everything with some red pepper flakes to add a kick of flavor and heat. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn recommends serving this spinach pasta with steamed broccoli or asparagus and a whole grain bread.

Recipe: 15-Minute Creamy Spinach Pasta

13. Sous Vide Egg Bites

Each of these little sous vide egg bites is like a little piece of heaven thanks to creamy Gruyère cheese, red peppers, and spinach. Recipe developer Mackenzie Burgess walks you through how to assemble each of the egg bites and cook them in the water bath, which she says "allows [her] to use less fat and still achieve rich, moist flavors." You'll need six mini four-ounce Mason jars to make these bites, but chances are they'll go quickly in your household, so you may want to double the recipe right off the bat.

Recipe: Sous Vide Egg Bites

14. Low-Fat Spinach and Cottage Cheese Pie

This low-fat spinach and cottage cheese pie tastes similar to a quiche, but is a bit lighter. "This is a healthy, low-fat meal that is packed with vitamins and protein," says recipe developer Kristen Carli. To prepare, you'll use a pre-made puff pastry as a pie crust and eggs, cottage cheese, and spinach as the filler. Looking to add some protein? Toss in some diced ham or sliced bacon. Serve for brunch or enjoy for breakfast!

Recipe: Low-Fat Spinach and Cottage Cheese Pie

15. Cheesy Spinach Cannelloni

Making these cheese spinach cannelloni may be a bit time consuming and a tad challenging. You might also have a little trouble finding cannelloni noodles, but, rest assured, recipe developer Mackenzie Ryan has solutions for all of these problems in this recipe. The spinach comes into play in the cheesy filling, which is also chock full of ricotta, Parmesan, and basil. You can make your own tomato sauce or use a store-bought jar of sauce to bake the cannelloni in.

Recipe: Cheesy Spinach Cannelloni

16. Creamed Spinach

Creaming spinach is a great way to add some pizzazz to the dish and get everyone at the table eating their veggies — even the kiddos. Our creamed spinach recipe is thanks to recipe developer Ksenia Prints, who notes the most important part of preparing this dish is to make sure you allow the cream to cook down and thicken properly. What's also great about creamed spinach is that you can serve it with practically anything, from baked mac and cheese to barbecue to steak.

Recipe: Creamed Spinach

17. Spinach Artichoke Flatbread

Okay, so there are a lot of creamy and cheesy ingredients in this flatbread recipe including cream cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Gruyère cheese, plus there are two servings of veggies in the artichokes and spinach, so not only is it delectable, you could also consider it healthy. Making and rolling out the dough will probably be the most time consuming parts, as mixing together and spreading the cheesy spinach artichoke topping is simple, and it spends just 20 minutes in the oven.

Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Flatbread

18. Mixed Greens

What's better than a healthy dose of kale sautéed in garlic? Why, adding in some spinach, of course! This is a very simple recipe; at its core, it's just kale and spinach — though you could also use collard greens here — sautéed in garlic and olive oil. Recipe developer Susan Olayinka also shows you how to properly wash your greens and how much to actually cook, as we know these two greens can dramatically wilt down. Serve as a side with just about any entree or enjoy on its own.

Recipe: Mixed Greens

19. Creamy Gnocchi Bake

So, we have to be honest here. We've included lots of healthy spinach recipes because spinach itself is inherently healthy, but this creamy and decadent gnocchi bake recipe is certainly not one of those. However, it is mighty tasty, and for that reason, it deserves a spot on this list. The spinach here is part of a flavorful ensemble cast; it gets mixed with mushrooms, bacon, and gnocchi and baked in a creamy sauce made from milk, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Recipe: Creamy Gnocchi Bake

20. Healthy Wilted Spinach Salad

This healthy wilted spinach salad is great on its own for lunch or as the side dish for a National Spinach Day dinner of pasta or risotto. What's great about this salad is that it's a warm one, adding some variety to your run-of-the-mill cold spinach salads. To prepare, you'll sauté up some shallots and sliced mushrooms, then add in the spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted but not "entirely collapsed." Top with pine nuts, sliced almonds, or sunflower seeds and you're ready to dig in.

Recipe: Healthy Wilted Spinach Salad

21. Spanakopita

Spanakopita is one of our favorite spinach recipes on this list, not only because it's fun to say, but also because it features spinach and feta cheese packed into phyllo dough in layers and cut into delectable little triangles of heaven. Our spanakopita recipe from recipe developer Kate Shungu is marked as an intermediate level recipe, but with practice, you're sure to master it in no time. Serve up this spanakopita as an appetizer or an afternoon snack.

Recipe: Spanakopita

22. At-Home Saag Paneer

This saag paneer dish is a twist on the formerly mentioned palak paneer dish, mentioned here to offer you variety. You can prepare both recipes and see which one you prefer better! Like our palak paneer, spinach and paneer are the stars of the show here. This saag paneer also contains a bit of tomato paste, unlike the palak paneer. This recipe takes just five minutes to prep and half an hour to cook, and with over 40 five-star ratings, you know it has to be good!

Recipe: At-Home Saag Paneer

23. Classic Spinach Quiche

While our crustless quiche is indeed yummy, sometimes you don't want to mess with a traditional classic. That's where this spinach quiche recipe comes in with its flaky crust, plenty of Gruyère cheese, and abundant spinach. Recipe developer Christina Musgrave uses a store-bought refrigerated pie crust here, then mixes together the filling before pouring it into the crust and baking. It's as simple as that! Looking to add some protein? We think crumbled bacon would be an excellent addition here.

Recipe: Classic Spinach Quiche

24. Easy One-Pot Pasta Recipe With Spinach and Tomatoes

What's better than a delicious pasta dish? One that's made entirely in one pot leaving the cleanup process easy peasy. Plus, this pasta recipe has plenty of spinach and tomatoes mixed in, adding servings of veggies to a dish with lots of carbs. Recipe developer Lindsay D. Mattison recommends using fresh tomatoes when in season and baby spinach for best results. If you desire, there are instructions at the end for adding in some leftover or rotisserie chicken.

Recipe: Easy One-Pot Pasta Recipe with Spinach and Tomatoes

25. Spinach Artichoke Bites

Once again, we here visit one of our favorite flavor combinations: spinach and artichoke. These spinach artichoke bites are great for a National Spinach Day treat because you can prepare them beforehand and will find yourself popping them in your mouth one after another all day long. Recipe developer Autumn LeAnn shows you how to cut the puff pastry and use it to line a muffin tin before adding in your creamy spinach artichoke filling and baking.

Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Bites