Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spinach Salad and Spinach Recipes

Spinach. I really do love spinach. And I'm not sure why exactly because on it's own it doesn't carry a lot of noticeable flavor. But it makes me feel good. Lately I've been craving greens and thankfully some of our razzle dazzle and curly spinach wintered over. In the photo you can see some small new spinach starts planted between the grown spinach.

We like to make big spinach salads and top with whatever veggies, seeds, and fresh or dried fruit we have. Tonight I'm sauteing cubes of tofu in soy sauce until brown, to add protein. So tonight's salad will have spinach, diced carrot and celery, sunflower seeds, raisins, homegrown sprouts and tofu, all piled up pillowy and tall, drizzled with Newman's lite honey mustard dressing. Homemade bread on the side. Yum.

Here's a few other spinach recipes I'd like to try:
Garlicky greens (can use spinach or kale)
Indian-Spiced Lentils with Spinach (also uses another springtime favorite, rhubarb)
Spinach with Shiitake Mushrooms (I would probably substitute some of our dried hot peppers for the piment d'espelette, and use a mixture of butter and olive oil to sauté the shallots and mushrooms.)

Happy Spinach!


  1. I smiled when I saw this photo...I collect my greens in the very same salad spinner basket. I too love spinach. You can't plant enough of it!

  2. i love spinach too. and collards and kale and chard and mustard greens. the only green i have had success growing is arugula, which i love too.

    these are two of my favorite spinach recipes:
    israeli couscous with mushrooms, spinach, and feta
    rigatoni with cauliflower, spinach, coconut curry

  3. we are just now getting baby spinach from the farm! i feel like everyone is so far ahead of us (as usual). thanks for the recipes!