36 Sensational Paleo Spinach Recipes
Popeye may have realized it first, but spinach has to be the original superfood. Packed with iron and vitamins, it’s never a bad idea to add more spinach to your plate. And we’ve got your spinach needs covered with over 30 recipes for spinach-filled Paleo dishes guaranteed to make even Popeye jealous!
Need a little pop in your spinach salad? Try our strawberry and spinach salad, complete with strawberry dressing. Perfect for summer! Or what about a warming Sausage, Spinach, and Spaghetti Squash Bake? It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser! From burgers to pies to soups, we’ve got your Paleo spinach needs covered!
Here are just a few of the Paleo Spinach Recipes we’ve included:
- Ham and Spinach Mini Quiches
- Spinach Basil Chicken Meatballs Recipe with Plum Balsamic Sauce
- Spinach and Pancetta Saute Recipe
- Paleo Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing
- Spinach Almond Stir-Fry
- Ketogenic Green Smoothie Recipe
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Paleo Spinach – Appetizers
Ham and Spinach Mini Quiches
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: eggs, ham, spinach, leek, coconut milk, baking powder, salt, pepper.
These little paleo crustless quiches have the perfect balance of meat and vegetables, making them super-tasty and perfect for a quick snack or a lunch. These taste just as good cold so would be great to take to work or pack in the kids’ lunchboxes. Just be a bit careful to taste the mixture before you add the salt as the ham can be salty enough, depending what type you use.
Spinach Basil Chicken Meatballs Recipe with Plum Balsamic Sauce
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: chicken breasts, spinach, salt, basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, plums, balsamic vinegar, raw honey, water.
In my opinion, basil is one of the most aromatic herbs you can use and it adds freshness to a multitude of recipes. These tasty paleo-friendly meatballs would grace any table at dinner time and don’t take very long to prepare. They can also be helpful if your kids don’t eat vegetables, as you can hide the spinach in the mixture. These are just as good warm or cold and make great party food too!
Creamy Artichoke Dip with Spinach
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
Ingredients: coconut or avocado oil, onion, garlic, summer squash, chicken broth, artichoke hearts, nutritional yeast, ground mace, spinach.
This paleo dairy-free but creamy dip can be a good way to get your family to eat more veggies as they won’t realize they are in there! This dip has a smooth consistency and goes really well with low-carb crackers or simply with vegetable sticks. Canned artichoke hearts can be a bit salty so remember to taste this dip before you add any seasoning. If you use avocado oil this is also a coconut-free recipe!
Bacon Spinach Dip with Steamed Artichokes
– Ditch The Wheat
Photo Credit: Carol from Ditch The Wheat
Ingredients: garlic, spinach, onion, bacon, fresh artichoke, sea salt, egg yolk, Dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil.
Using mustard in this grain-free recipe gives the dip a depth of heat. If you choose to use cured bacon, keep a check on the amount of salt as some bacon is salty enough. As the artichoke has quite a delicate flavor, it is the ideal way to serve what is a punchy and tasty dip. You can use this as an appetizer or just as a snack while you watch a movie!
Mini Spinach Meatloaves Recipe
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: ground pork or ground turkey, ground beef, onion, garlic, fresh spinach, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, almond or coconut milk, coconut oil.
What a versatile recipe this is! These tasty little meatloaves would be ideal for a healthy breakfast, a light low-carb lunch or as a snack on the go, but would also make a great appetizer for a dinner party, or as party food! The list is endless! You could even use ground turkey instead of beef if you prefer and alter the seasoning to make it more your own. Have fun experimenting with different combinations!
Vegan Spinach Avocado Dip
– Sweet As Honey
Ingredients: spinach, garlic, avocados, cilantro, coconut yogurt, lime juice, avocado oil, salt.
Using spinach in guacamole increases the nutrients in the dish without detracting from the flavor. This simple paleo recipe has all the flavors and textures of traditional guacamole and can be used wherever you want – to dress a salad, top a pizza or use as a dip with vegetable sticks. This dish has quite a vivid color and would be perfect to serve on St. Patrick’s Day.
Spinach Chips with Sea Salt and Lime
– A Clean Bake
Ingredients: lime, sea salt, spinach leaves, olive oil.
If your paleo family are not too keen on kale chips, you could try them on these low-carb snacks instead! The spinach chips have a much milder flavor and are so easy to cook that I’m sure they will soon become a favorite. Try Italian seasoning for a whole new taste experience!
Creamy, Dairy Free Spinach Artichoke Dip
– Feasting On Joy
Photo Credit: Feasting on Joy
Ingredients: artichoke hearts, baby spinach, whole-food mayonnaise, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper.
Here is something new for you to try – a dip that is designed to be eaten warm! The whole-food mayonnaise gives this dip its rich and creamy texture and the spinach gives this dish a wonderful green color making it a good dip to serve for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This can be served with vegetable sticks such as celery and carrot or with keto-friendly crackers.
Paleo Prosciutto and Spinach Mini Quiches
– Sun Basket
Ingredients: prosciutto, spinach, basil leaves, cherry tomatoes, eggs, almond milk, nutmeg, kosher salt, black pepper.
This recipe gives you perfect little paleo quiches that do not have a crust, cutting down on the carbs and making this dish gluten-free. This is another mini-food recipe that would be great to help with portion control and would also feed the youngest members of the family. These taste good served warm and fresh, but I have actually eaten them cold next day for lunch!
Paleo Spinach – Side Dishes
Spinach and Pancetta Saute Recipe
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: pancetta, spinach leaves.
If you have had a really busy day and need something quick and simple for dinner, this recipe is the one for you. It is tasty, healthy and filling but only takes a few minutes to make. This is a versatile dish as you could have it as a paleo-friendly main, as a side for roast meats or even with eggs for breakfast. I recommend you don’t season with salt as the pancetta is salty enough, and if you can’t get pancetta just use bacon!
Paleo Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: baby spinach leaves, strawberries, olive oil, white wine vinegar, paprika, sesame seeds.
Strawberry salads are the ultimate in sweet juiciness! It has long been known that strawberries go really well with vinegar – it seems to draw out the taste. This is a great dish if you are looking for something light and delicious but low in carbohydrates. If you are feeling brave, try adding a sprinkle of black pepper to the fruit as well as that gives them a special kick!
Keto Garlic Spinach Saute Recipe
– Keto Summit
Ingredients: avocado oil, spinach, garlic, salt.
Spinach is actually better for you when it is cooked as it releases more vitamins, so makes a great healthy side dish to serve with roast meats or fish. It goes well with the flavor of the garlic and is a quick and easy keto dish to prepare. Try serving this with your turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas as a healthy alternative to some of the more traditional sides.
Keto Spinach Mushroom Bacon Saute Recipe
– Keto Summit
Ingredients: bacon, spinach, portobello mushroom, tamari sauce, salt, pepper.
Keto sides that involve bacon and mushrooms can be a lovely meaty addition to your main course and if I’m honest I have been known to eat this one for lunch! Because you are adding tamari sauce that masks the taste of the spinach you might find this dish useful for encouraging the kids to eat healthy too, especially as spinach is loaded with vitamins and minerals which are essential for growing bodies.
Spinach Almond Stir-Fry
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: spinach leaves, almond slices, salt, coconut oil.
Spinach stir-fries in a matter of minutes and is so full of vitamins and minerals that it is ideal on a paleo diet. It does take up a lot of room before cooking so we recommend you use a large pot, but once it cooks down it shrinks. Adding the almond flakes gives this lovely side a fabulous crunch, and this dish also makes a perfect accompaniment to pork dishes or fish.
Paleo Creamed Spinach
– The Healthy Foodie
Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie
Ingredients: baby spinach leaves, coconut oil, onion, garlic, Himalayan salt, black pepper, cauliflower, light chicken stock, full fat coconut milk, preserved lemons, ghee, Dijon mustard, nutmeg, Ceylon cinnamon.
Creamed spinach is very popular all over the world and normally uses heavy cream as a base, but this recipe is totally dairy-free! The ‘cream’ comes from cauliflower which is often used in the paleo diet to replace original ingredients and it works so well here that you may even prefer it! Serve this creamed spinach with whatever meat you enjoy – it works really well with salmon too.
Peas, Rhubarb and Spinach Salad
– The Nourished Caveman
Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman
Ingredients: peas, yellow onion, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, rhubarb, water, Stevia Glycerol or Swerve, baby spinach, pea shoot tops.
This salad may sound like a strange fusion of flavors, but trust me, it works! You have sweet peas with tangy rhubarb and earthy spinach all together in this colorful paleo dish and topped with whole peas and pockets of zingy rhubarb. This salad might take a little longer than some to prepare but it is really impressive. When you are shelling the peas try not to eat too many!
Eat Your Veggies: Easy Wilted Baby Spinach Recipe
– The Curious Coconut
Photo Credit: The Curious Coconut
Ingredients: baby spinach, cooking fat, sea salt, black pepper.
This is one of those basic recipes that explains how to cook spinach – perfect for those of you who don’t have much cooking experience! This is a paleo recipe and is ideal for people who want or have to eat dairy-free foods as spinach is a good source of calcium. This dish makes a great side with eggs for breakfast or as a veggie side dish for any main course.
Spinach Cucumber Salad
– Paleo Diet ++
Ingredients: cucumber, spinach, lime, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, pepper.
Here is a super-speedy paleo salad that has all the fresh flavors of cucumber and lime combined with healthy spinach. It is just a case of mixing the ingredients in a bowl and serving and this can be a healthy meal on its own or used as a side salad with extra protein. Because of the fresh taste of this delicious dish it would work well with chicken or pork.
Paleo Spinach – Main Dishes
Chicken Salad with Spinach and Strawberries
– Cook Eat Paleo
Photo Credit: Lisa from Cook Eat Paleo
Ingredients: chicken, baby spinach, strawberries, walnuts, walnut oil, champagne vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, sea salt, fresh ground pepper.
Chicken salads can be very useful on the paleo eating plan as they can be versatile, tasty and filling but without the need for too many carbs. This salad would work well in the summer when strawberries are readily available, but if you can’t get them you could use blueberries instead. For added crunch you can also top this lovely dish with a few crushed nuts of your choice.
Sausage, Spinach & Spaghetti Squash Bake
– I Breathe I’m Hungry
Photo Credit: Mellissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry
Ingredients: Italian sausage links, olive oil, spaghetti squash, spinach, garlic powder, ground nutmeg, salt, pepper, sugar-free marinara sauce.
This gluten-free recipe gives you a fantastic hearty dish to fill you after a busy day. You can use whatever linked sausages you like and there are some great flavored ones on the market so you won’t be tied to one taste. This is a low-carb and very satisfying sausage bake that would be perfect for a chilly day and it is family and wallet-friendly too!
Spinach Cilantro Turkey Burgers
– Savory Lotus
Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus
Ingredients: turkey, onion, baby spinach, Herbamare seasoning, celtic sea salt, fresh cilantro, ghee.
These turkey burgers use the dark meat, so they are packed full of flavor as the dark meat is nearest the bone. You also have the goodness from the spinach, which is a great source of iron. If your family don’t ‘do’ greens, just chop the spinach and cilantro really fine and they won’t even notice. Serve these low-carb burgers with caramelized onions or toppings of your choice.
Wild Sockeye Salmon with Spinach and Dill Cream
– Healing family Eats
Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats
Ingredients: wild sockeye salmon, coconut milk, spinach, dill, olive oil, lemon juice, salt.
Spinach goes so well with salmon as it adds a freshness to the overall flavor and pairing it with dill which has an aniseed taste makes the salmon shine through! This AIP recipe only takes fifteen minutes from start to finish, so it could be a really tasty meal for a mid-week dinner. If you can’t get salmon, or are not a fan, you can use any white fish you like, but a meaty one like cod would work best here.
Spinach Artichoke and Bacon Spaghetti Squash
– Fed and Fulfilled
Photo Credit: Fed and Fulfilled
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, olive oil, water, raw cashews, frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, bacon, onion, garlic, full-fat coconut milk, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, dried oregano, light coconut milk.
One of the best things about spaghetti squash is that it takes on the flavors of the other ingredients, so you can use it in a variety of dishes. This low-carb recipe uses artichoke and spinach which are quite grown-up flavors, so this would be great for a dinner party, especially if you add the extra artichoke hearts. If you don’t want to use mushrooms in this recipe you can use a different vegetable like broccoli.
10-Minute Thai Red Curry Soup
– Empowered Sustenance
Photo Credit: Empowered Sustenance
Ingredients: coconut oil, shiitake mushrooms, bell pepper, broth of choice, full-fat coconut milk, red curry paste, Tamari sauce or coconut aminos, zucchini, spinach.
The first thing you will notice about this super-speedy and delicious paleo-friendly soup is its rich color which comes from the Thai curry paste. No need to worry about the spicy heat though as this soup has only spiced warmth not mouth-burning heat! It is also quite a filling dish thanks to the zucchini noodles and this would be lovely to serve on a chilly evening after a busy day.
Sausage, “Potato” and Spinach Soup
– Sweet Potatoes & Social Change
Photo Credit: Sweet Potatoes & Social Change
Ingredients: olive oil, pork, salt, dried sage, dried thyme, minced garlic, onion, oregano, basil, chicken broth, bay leaf, baby spinach, coconut cream.
If you like your soup to be filling enough to serve as a main course, you might enjoy this protein-rich paleo and AIP recipe for sausage soup. It has the added flavors of fresh basil and oregano, which can leave a lovely aroma in the kitchen. If you find it hard to source white sweet potatoes then the yellow ones would work here but might make a slight difference to the overall flavor.
Greek Beef and Spinach Pie
– Adventures In Partaking
Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking
Ingredients: olive oil, red onion, garlic, cauliflower, pink himalayan salt, broth or water, beef, oregano, basil, cinnamon, clove powder, white mushrooms, spinach, sweet potatoes, cauliflower sauce.
This lovely Greek-inspired pie was designed for the Auto Immune Protocol and has a layered effect, much like lasagna using the sliced sweet potatoes to alternate with the meat. You have the spices used in Greek cuisine such as garlic, oregano and cinnamon and the flavor is reminiscent of moussaka. You can serve this on its own or with a fresh green salad for a wholesome and filling meal.
Spicy Sausage, Sweet Potato Soup
– Peace Love and Low Carb
Photo Credit: Kyndra from Peace Love and Low Carb
Ingredients: olive oil, garlic, onion, hot italian sausage, sweet potato, cremini mushrooms, chicken stock, garlic salt, black pepper, baby spinach leaves.
This is a low-carb, paleo soup that is rich in both flavors and textures. The spicy, meaty sausage goes so well with the sweet potatoes and this is a real winter warmer in a bowl! This is a slow cooker recipe that would be great to prepare in the morning then enjoy for dinner. If you don’t have spicy sausage you could use whatever one you have, but the spicy type adds a lot to the flavor of the soup.
Paleo Spinach – Smoothies
Ketogenic Green Smoothie Recipe
– Keto Summit
Ingredients: spinach, almonds, brazil nuts, coconut milk, Amazing Grass Greens Powder.
Smoothies can be the answer to a healthy keto breakfast if you just don’t have the time to cook, or if you need a hit of energy to start the day. This green one may look a bit grassy, but the nutritional values just can’t be ignored. This is a low-carb recipe that will almost certainly give you all the energy you need to get your system started in the morning.
Spinach Cardamom Smoothie
– My Heart Beets
Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets
Ingredients: avocado, banana, spinach, cardamom pods, almond milk.
This dairy-free recipe not only looks and tastes great, it is also a fantastic way to use up bananas that are a bit too ripe – just put them in the freezer then you have a base for a smoothie whenever you want one. The cardamom adds a different slant on the flavor of the drink, but if you don’t like cardamom ‘bits’, you could use powdered cardamom instead of pods.
Beet & Berry Detox Smoothie
– Grazed & Enthused
Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused
Ingredients: baby spinach, mixed berries, beets, coconut milk, water, Wild Foods Wild Vanilla Powder, lemon juice.
Many AIP smoothies like this one have been used to detox your system and get your digestion to work properly, and I find they can be really helpful especially when you are starting out on the auto-immune journey. Beets are a great source of folic acid and are recommended for pregnant ladies, but anyone can benefit from their high levels of vitamins too. You can use whatever berries you have in this refreshing smoothie.
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
– It’s All About AIP
Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP
Ingredients: coconut milk, strawberries, banana, Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend, dates, coconut manna, cinnamon, water, carob powder, coconut.
This recipe is for a super-healthy AIP chocolate smoothie that uses collagen which can help heal a variety of gut issues, but apart from the health aspect, it tastes amazing! The dates in this smoothie give it a wonderful richness of flavor and a natural sweetness which is enhanced by the banana and berries. This drink can be a quick breakfast option for a really busy day.
Pineapple Express Paleo Green Smoothie
– Cavegirl Cuisine
Photo Credit: Michelle from Cavegirl Cuisine
Ingredients: spinach, pineapple, strawberries, unsweetened almond milk.
We seem to have heard a lot over the years about the goodness of green smoothies, but sometimes they can taste a bit strange, especially if they have kale in them. So I tried this with the family and it was very popular! The pineapple in this paleo smoothie recipe gives such a zing to the flavor that you hardly notice the taste of the spinach and the almond milk adds creaminess to the texture.
Collagen-Berry Green Smoothie
– Autoimmune Wellness
Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness
Ingredients: banana, water, berries, coconut concentrate, collagen, spinach.
This is a very healthy green smoothie that is not green – a great idea for getting spinach into kids who don’t ‘do’ veggies! As this recipe is not strictly AIP-friendly because of the added collagen, it is advisable to only have this one occasionally. If you have digestive problems with bananas or coconut then these can simply be replaced with some avocado which will make it even creamier.
Chocolate Green Smoothie
– Ditch the Carbs
Photo Credit: Libby from Ditch The Carbs
Ingredients: berries, coconut cream, spinach, cocoa powder, granulated sweetener of choice.
Most children like shakes and smoothies, but today’s ones can be fruit-based which isn’t always good. High levels of fructose can cause us to ingest sugars without realizing and can even aggravate such conditions as gout. Smoothies can be vegetable based instead, like this paleo low-carb version, and it still has the flavors the family like – fruit from the small amount of berries, and every child’s dream, chocolate!
The Perfect Springtime Smoothie
– The iGnite Blog
Ingredients: coconut water, spinach, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, vanilla protein powder, almond butter.
Thanks to the added protein powder, this healthy smoothie would be perfect for a post-workout drink as it replaces the energy you have used and keeps you going through the day. This recipe is refined- sugar-free and rich in healthy fats from the nut butter, but with the great taste that the whole family will love, so even the veggie-dodgers among you won’t notice the spinach!
Beetroot, Spinach & Berry Smoothie
– The Flexitarian
Ingredients: beetroot, spinach, raspberries, blueberries, lemon, dates, almond milk, ginger, ice cubes.
Here is another wonderful sugar and dairy-free smoothie recipe that is absolutely packed with anti-oxidants from the rich, red beetroot. Smoothies are a great idea for busy people at breakfast time as they are so quick and easy to make and can give your system a real boost in the morning, and this one has the gentle heat from ginger which can help with digestive problems.