Farmer’s Market Finds: Spinach

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds–a summer series on what to buy at the farmer’s market week by week. Every Wednesday, I’ll visit Union Square Market and choose one in-season fruit or vegetable to focus on, plus recipes to try out at home. This week, it’s all about spinach.

This week’s focus: spinach. Although this staple is accessible year-round in grocery stores, its peak is May through October. Lighter green leaves will be sweeter, while darker ones are packed with more nutrients, like iron, vitamin A and vitamin C (just to name a few). The size of the leaf doesn’t really matter in regards to taste, but the mini leaves are the most tender. Not sure what to do with the extra bunches you lugged home this week? Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Photo by Jim Franco

No need to resort to store-bought versions of this classic comfort food. Spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, sour cream and cheese combine to create a creamy dip no one will be able to resist. Serve with pita chips and this dip will be the star of your next party.

Get the recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip 


Baked Spinach and Pea Risotto

Photo by Ditte Isager

This risotto takes just 35 minutes and makes for a satiating entrée or hearty side dish. White wine brightens up the creamy mixture while butter creates silky texture. Even spinach-haters will go for this. 

Get the recipe: Baked Spinach and Pea Risotto


Spinach and Pancetta Tartines

Photo by Sarah Karnasiewicz

Not only do these toasts require just 5 ingredients, but they take only 15 minutes to make. The crunch of the sourdough complements the creaminess of the spinach and cheese, and the saltiness of the pancetta. Whether you make them for a quick lunch or dinner party appetizer, they’ll please even the pickiest eaters.

Get the recipe: Spinach and Pancetta Tartines


Steak With Spinach Couscous

Photo by Quentin Bacon

Veggie side dishes don’t have to be boring. This one comes together in the time it takes to steam the couscous: about 5 minutes. Serve it with grilled chicken, fish or steak. Pine nuts add satisfying crunch. 

Get the recipeSteak With Spinach Couscous


Sautéed Spinach With Basil

Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo

Bring it back to basics with this 15-minute, nutrient-packed recipe. No need to overthink this one—just sauté some spinach with olive oil, basil and spices for a green dish that you actually want to eat. 

Get the recipe: Sautéed Spinach With Basil