Learn more about how to store, prepare and cook with fresh spinach.

Spinach was Popeye’s favorite vegetable for a reason! These bright green leaves add a serious nutritional boost to any healthy diet.

Health Benefits

Baby spinach is tender and tastes sweet. Dark, leafy greens are among the most nutritious foods. Get the nutritional benefit of dark, leafy greens without the bitter taste by adding more spinach to your diet.

Preparation

Fresh spinach can be enjoyed raw or cooked.

  • Most of the spinach that you see at the grocery store is baby spinach.
  • Baby spinach is very tender and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.
  • Spinach that is a little older is sold in bunches and is good for cooking.

Storage

  • To make bagged or boxed baby spinach last longer, tuck a dry paper towel into the bag or box. The towel will absorb moisture that can make spinach go bad quickly.
  • For bunches of spinach, wrap them in a paper towel and store in a dry plastic bag.
  • Store spinach, bagged or boxed, on a shelf in the refrigerator, not the drawer.

Cooking Tips: Five Ways to Use Fresh Spinach

  1. Make a salad. Use spinach as the base. Add your favorite chopped vegetables and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon nuts or seeds for extra crunch. Make your own dressing for a healthy alternative to store-bought salad dressing.

 

Homemade Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix vinegar, oil, salt and black pepper. Try adding your favorite dried herbs and using different kinds of vinegar to make your own secret recipe.

For an easy storage solution, make dressing in a jar. Add ingredients to a jar, secure the lid and shake! Use your favorite kind of vinegar or try using lemon juice.

 

  1. Add spinach to your favorite recipes. Try adding spinach to scrambled eggs for a little something green. Add spinach to canned soups to stretch your dollar and add fresh flavor.

                    

  1. For a breakfast smoothie that fuels you through the morning, add spinach. To a blender, add one sliced banana, one tablespoon peanut butter, one cup low-fat milk, 4-5 ice cubes, and one cup of spinach. You won’t even taste it!    

  1. Swap out lettuce for spinach in your favorite sandwich or wrap. Add more green to your routine by adding ½ cup fresh baby spinach to your favorite sandwich.         
  1. Add spinach to your favorite pasta dish. Stir spinach into pasta sauce as it heats on the stove top. Or add to macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget about frozen spinach! Microwave frozen spinach for 1 minutes and squeeze out any excess water before adding to soups, casseroles, or pasta dishes.