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Spinach Stem Salad with Garlic Slices

If you are one of those people, who cook with spinach from time to time, this recipe is perfect for you. Because you only use the spinach stems, that you normally throw away. Top that with some garlic, because garlic is always a good idea, and there you go.

I find it easier to cut the stems and wash stems and leaves seperately. Most of the dirt is engrained within the roots, so washing them separately helps a lot. Another way to get them clean is to put them in a bowl with cold water and a splash of vinegar, let sit for at least 10 minutes and rinse under cold water.

I always recommend to use good quality cold pressed olive oil as it is the base of this recipe.


  • Stems from 1kg spinach (or however much you have left)
  • splash vinegar of your choice
  • 3 tbsp. cold pressed olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, finely sliced


  1. Cut the spinach stems in 4-5 cm long pieces, cutting away undesired pieces.
  2. Put the spinach stems in a bowl with cold water and some vinegar, let stay for a 10 minutes. Rinse them under cold water until they are clean.
  3. Cook the spinach stems for 1-2 minutes in boiling water. Take 2 tbsp. Of the boiling water and mix it with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt. Rinse stems under cold water and let them dry.
  4. Arrange stems in a bowl and top them with finely sliced garlic.
  5. Pour over the dressing and serve immediately or cold.

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