12 Tasty Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens

When a salad just won’t cut it.

Every year when spring hits, I basically turn into a rabbit. The return of warm weather makes me crave the crunch of a big, fresh salad like nothing else. But by the time summer rolls around, I’ve usually exhausted all my salad cravings, and I need a change of scenery. The thing is, I still want that deliciously healthy, leafy green scenery, but I need a new way to eat it. Enter, spinach frittata, kale pesto, arugula-topped pizza and — well, you didn’t think I was going to give you all 12 ideas right here and right now, did you? Keep reading, rabbit friends.

Add Spinach to a Frittata

Cast iron skillet with frittata

Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata

Making a frittata is a great way to incorporate eggs into your Christmas brunch without making an individual order for each guest. Set this spinach and goat cheese frittata on the table so guests can serve themselves. Served straight out of the pan, this is a great dish that doesn't take a lot of time to make.

Photo by: Wynn Myers

Wynn Myers

Jump-start your day with a dose of greens. This easy frittata is served straight out of the pan.

Add Leafy Greens to a Burrito Bowl

Vegan Burrito Bowl

Easy, Healthy Dinner: Vegan Burrito Bowl

This better-for-you burrito bowl is bursting with spices and flavor. It’s made with brown rice, satiating protein from the tofu and black beans, and healthy fat from the avocado. This is a bowl that’s sure to fill you up, not fill you out! Get the recipe >>

Photo by: Kara Lydon, RD

Kara Lydon, RD

Burrito bowls are a great weeknight go-to because they’re quick, easy and customizable. Start with brown rice and a healthy bed of leafy greens. Top it off with your favorite Mexican-inspired ingredients and flavors.

Make a Spinach and Purple Kale Pizza

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Bloomsdale spinach and kale pizza from Stella Barra in Los Angeles

Bloomsdale spinach and kale pizza from Stella Barra in Los Angeles

Photo by: Image courtesy of Anjali Pinto

Image courtesy of Anjali Pinto

Yep, you can simultaneously eat pizza, kale and spinach. You heard it here first.

Add Arugula to a Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

Flatbread With Eggs, Tomatoes and Arugula Recipe

This egg-topped flatbread offers a twist on traditional breakfast pizza.

More of a breakfast pizza person? Try this egg, tomato and arugula-topped flatbread.

Make Green Juice



Springtime offers the perfect opportunity to jump start a healthy diet by juicing plants from the garden.

Drink your greens alongside your morning coffee, and feel like a million bucks by 9 a.m.

Try Cooking Asian Greens

Braised Asian Greens on Green Plate.

Braised Asian Greens

Braise Asian Greens for a healthy and delicious side dish full of flavor.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Get out of your spinach-and-kale rut, and try some new flavors. Asian greens are tasty, healthy and easy to prepare.

Add Bok Choy to Ramen

Ramen Noodles

Ramen Noodles

A bowl of ramen noodles.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Rev up your ramen with the nutritious addition of bok choy and other veggies.

Make It: Ramen Reimagined

Make Pureed Soup

Soup may seem strange as a warm-weather dish, but this Mediterranean variety — which features baby spinach and loads of fresh herbs — can be served hot or cold to accommodate all seasons and preferences.

Make a Green Smoothie

healthy shamrock shake with a gold sprinkles rim

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Detox from all that green beer with a healthy version of the traditional shamrock shake this St. Patrick's Day.

Start your day the green way. Bananas, coconut milk and spinach will fuel your body, while natural unsweetened cocoa powder will fool your (chocolate-loving) taste buds.

Make It: Green Smoothie

Add Arugula or Kale to Pesto

Amp up your pesto’s health factor by using kale or arugula instead of basil. Sneaky? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.

Make It: Arugula Pesto and Kale Pesto

Make Kale Chips

And pretend you’re Jennifer Garner. That’s all, really.

Make It: Kale Chips

Add Spinach to Classic Homemade Hummus

Chickpea Hummus Recipe


Though the fresh chickpeas will need to be soaked overnight, the wait is the most difficult aspect of this dish. But take heart in the fact that soon you will be enjoying the creamy delight that only entirely homemade hummus can provide.

Add a few handfuls of fresh baby spinach to homemade hummus before blending it. This works the same way a spinach-and-fruit smoothie does. The spinach turns your hummus green and adds tons of nutrients, but it doesn’t significantly change its overall flavor.

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