Use it Up! 10 Ways to Use Up a Bunch of Greens

Have a bunch of greens starting to go wilty? Never fear! Here are ten fantastic ideas for using up your spinach, arugula, kale, or whatever green you have on hand, from sheet pan pizza to frittata.

We’ve all done it. We’ve loaded up on beautiful greens at the farmers’ market or picked up that super-sized bin of spinach at the grocery store. This was the week you were going to eat green smoothies every day for breakfast, but then you remembered how much you like muffins, so you ate those instead.

That poor bag of arugula or mixed baby kale and arugula was relegated to the back of the fridge where green things go to die.

I know you were looking for the chocolate pudding and stumbled across those forgotten vitamin powerhouses. You retrieved that bin from the dark corners of the fridge and noticed a few leaves turning yellow, only to realize you have mere days to use them up!

Waste not, want not, love! I’m here for you. Here are ten recipes to use up that bag of spinach or box of greens, saving you from accidental fridge-created lettuce soup!

Keep in mind that greens are incredibly versatile. If a recipe calls for Swiss chard, feel free to substitute spinach. If it calls for spinach, see how baby kale works! You can swap out just about any kind of green for the specific ones called for in these recipes. Now, let’s get our green on!

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Spinach Frittata

The fresh, earthy taste of spinach is a great choice for the egg-heavy frittata, but arugula, rocket, or a wilted kale would also work in this dish. If you’re feeling crazy, add some diced ham as well.

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Chicken Goat Cheese Arugula

If you’re short on time and need dinner in a hurry, layer a chicken breast pounded thin with arugula and goat cheese. You don’t have arugula? Swap out spinach! It only takes 30 minutes start to finish.

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With this Italian-inspired dinner, you will not only use up some of that spinach lingering in the fridge, but also only use one-pan to cook your whole meal.

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Sauteed Spinach Recipe

If you’re staring down a nearly empty pantry and a nearly empty fridge, this dish is perfect. All you need is garlic, salt, olive oil, and spinach. Make it a meal by adding some chili flakes and a squeeze of lemon, and stir it into a bowl of pasta dressed with more olive oil.

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Arugula Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Spicy arugula tastes lovely with the earthy, robust flavor of cooked beets. Toss in some goat cheese and walnuts to round out this simple salad.

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Cream of Spinach Soup

Spinach soup can be served cold or hot. Garnish with freshly chopped chives and a dollop of sour cream.

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Feta Spinach Wrap

I’m a big fan of hot breakfast. Having a healthy wrap I can make ahead and heat up in the morning is a great way to start the day.

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Shrimp Lemon Linguine

I love pasta dishes that come together quickly. Spinach, arugula, baby kale, or Swiss chard would all work well in this quick and easy weeknight meal.

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Spinach-Artichoke Sheet Pan Pizza

Sheet pan pizza is a great way to feed a family or a crowd. Use store-bought pizza dough or homemade. Either will create a pizza you’ll want to make again and again.

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl - Bowl with sweet potatoes, black beans, quinoa, and spinach

I love this recipe because a little work goes a long way. I make it on a Sunday and eat healthy, nutrition-packed leftovers for lunch all week!

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Summer Miller

Summer Miller is the Senior Editor for Simply Recipes based in Nebraska. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Eating Well, Grit, SAVEUR, and Every Day with Rachael Ray, among others. Her first book is New Prairie Kitchen (Agate Publishing, 2015).

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  1. Lois Carter Crawford

    Great way to present this. Thank you. I’m looking for ways to present multiple recipes in articles. Most do not do it well. Thank you.

  2. Elsa M Jacobson

    Summer! This is such a lovely selection! I have an odd collection of wilting spinach and watercress and maybe some kale or collards from the last farmers market, and I am trying to make extra sure nothing goes to waste as I shelter in place!

  3. Karlette

    Totally agree! By chance, before reading this, I used a lot of arugula last night in my homemade tomato pasta sauce, then this morning mixed into scrambled eggs. Perfect!

  4. Jennifer

    These look great! Thank you!

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  5. TanyaRenee

    Awesome ideas. Any ideas for chard?

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