Fast and Fresh Spinach Side Dish Recipes for Your Healthy Meal Plan

Fennel, Spinach, and Carrot Toss
Photo: Peter Krumhardt

If you're trying to get more greens on the menu, we've got some delicious, easy spinach sides for you. To make the cut, each of the fabulous spinach side dish recipes here had to be fast (30 minutes prep time max) and healthful (300 calories or less). Check out all the winners we came up with after sorting through the hundreds of spinach sides in our files.

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Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach-Berry Salad with nuts on white plate
Jay Wilde

Here's a super-quick, slimmed-down spinach salad recipe. Purchased raspberry vinaigrette keeps the recipe speedy and boosts the flavor with a bright berry zing. You can use either strawberries or blueberries in this spinach side dish, but we like using both.

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Steamed Spinach

Steamed Spinach
Greg Scheidemann

This is it! The easiest of all the spinach side dish recipes in our files. With just 40 calories and a generous 3 grams of fiber per serving, it's also one of our most healthy spinach sides. Serve with lemon or a touch of vinegar for a touch of brightness.

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Wilted Spinach Salad

Wilted Spinach Salad
Scott Little

This classic bacon, mushroom, egg, and spinach side dish recipe used to be the domain of chandeliered restaurants and country club dining rooms. Then everyone figured out how easy it was to make at home. Give it try, and you'll see why it remains one of the most popular spinach recipes around.

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Spring Greens Soup

Spring Greens Soup
Andy Lyons

Here's a great spinach side dish to serve with a fresh salad or sandwich. The Yukon gold potatoes and mushrooms make the soup hearty, while arugula adds a peppery bite. Feel free to use all spinach (rather than a mix of spinach and arugula) if you prefer your healthy spinach side recipes to be all about the spinach.

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Grilled Corn and Spinach Salad

Grilled Corn and Spinach Salad
Peter Krumhardt

Here's one of our favorite spinach side dish recipes for summertime. Combine shredded spinach with garden-fresh corn, tomatoes, and oregano, then finish with a touch of cheese and a reduced-calorie dressing. It's a perfect spinach side dish to go alongside grilled fish or chicken.

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Fennel, Spinach, and Carrot Toss

Fennel, Spinach, and Carrot Toss
Peter Krumhardt

If you're looking for spinach sides that combine a medley of veggies, give this one a look. Fennel, with its anise-like flavor, and sweet baby carrots make the recipe pop in both flavor and color.

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Spinach Salad with Summer Fruit and Sesame Dressing

Spinach Salad with Summer Fruit and Sesame Dressing
Peter Krumhardt

This isn't your everyday salad recipe. We've added more fruit—papaya, raspberries, and nectarines—in addition to the strawberries for a quartet of bright, fresh flavor and extra fiber, too. It's a spinach side dish that will have you craving those leafy greens.

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Spinach Salad with Dates and Jicama

Spinach Salad with Dates and Jicama
Steve Stitgen

We never tire of new combos of fruits and vegetables to toss into our spinach recipes. Here, sweet dates and fresh and crunchy jicama join the party. We developed this recipe as a spinach side dish for a holiday meal, but it's an enjoyable salad any time of year.

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No-Measure Spinach Salad

No-Measure Spinach Salad
Alexandra Rowley

Here's a spinach salad recipe you can easily tote to a potluck. And check out this neat trick: Blending a little jellied cranberry sauce into the dressing adds flavor and body without adding extra fat.

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White Beans and Spinach Ragout

White Beans and Spinach Ragout
Scott Little

If you're looking for both heartiness and healthfulness in your spinach side dish recipes, you've landed on the right one. Crispy bacon, spinach, tomatoes, and fiber-packed cannellini beans keep this recipe in the "good-for-you" camp. Serve it alongside broiled salmon for an easy spinach side.

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Gazpacho Verde with Papaya

Gazpacho Verde with Papaya
Jason Donnelly

You can enjoy sprightly fresh gazpacho in about as much time as it takes to make a smoothie—15 minutes, which includes 5 minutes of chill time. Anchored by spinach and accented with all things green—avocado, cucumber, celery, salsa verde, lime juice, and green onion—this recipe whirs into a refreshing spinach side dish.

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Sautéed Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Sautéed Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts
Kritsada Panichgul

There's nothing plain about this spinach side dish. Quickly sauté spinach in garlic and raisins for just a few minutes before adding in lemon juice and zest. Toasted pine nuts add a buttery, nutty flavor to the finished dish.

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Mandarin Orange and Spinach Salad

Mandarin Orange Salad on white plate
Andy Lyons

If you like baby spinach as much as we do, bookmark this spinach side dish recipe. You can use any greens you'd like, but spinach is our first choice. Feel free to transform this into a spinach strawberry salad recipe by substituting strawberries for the raspberries to go alongside the juicy mandarin oranges.

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Spinach and Feta Casserole

Spinach Feta Casserole
Kritsada Panichgul

Take 20 minutes to prep this spinach side dish for dinner tonight. It's full of gut-friendly cultures thanks to creamy cottage cheese. The feta cheese adds the perfect amount of tang to every bite. Yes, this spinach side takes more time than the rest in our collection here, but only 20 minutes of hands-on time is required, then you can make the main dish while this casserole bakes.

Buy It: Corningware Casserole Dish ($19, Walmart)

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