Understanding the Different Types of Salad Greens

What are salad greens?

Salad greens are leafy, typically green vegetables that can be used to make salads. While salad greens may broadly be referred to as “lettuce” there are numerous different types of salad greens that can be used in preparation for raw or cooked dishes. 

Your guide to the different types of lettuce greens


Arugula flavor profile: 

Arugula has a distinct, slightly spicy and peppery flavor. It can add a bold taste to salads and can also be used as a garnish or cooked like other greens. Some people describe the flavor of arugula as having notes of mustard or horseradish, with a slightly bitter taste. 

Arugula is best used for: 

Mixed green salads like Caprese (mozzarella, tomato, and basil) or Nicoise (tuna, egg, olives, and vegetables)

Other ways to eat Arugula: 

Arugulas is also a popular green for adding to pizza, sandwiches, and served wilted as a side dish.


Escarole flavor profile:

Escarole is a type of endive with a slightly bitter, yet slightly sweet flavor profile. It is less bitter than Chicory Greens but has a more bitter profile than most types of lettuce greens. The flavor profile of Escarole can be described as nutty, earthy, or slightly spicy.

Escarole is best used for:

Salads with contrasting flavors like apples and bleu cheese, or dressed with parmesan dressing. 

Other ways to eat Escarole: 

Escarole can be used in soups and stews, and can also be braised or sauteed as a side dish.


Romaine flavor profile:

Romaine is one of the most versatile types of salad greens. It has a crisp and crunchy texture with a slightly sweet, mild flavor. 

Romaine is best used for:

Caesar salads due to their mild flavor and crunchy texture

Other ways to eat Romaine:

The robust, sturdy leaves of Romaine make it great as a low-carb alternative to wraps or bread


Iceberg flavor profile:

Iceberg is one of the most popular types of salad greens around. It has a mild, sweet flavor and a crisp, crunchy texture. 

Iceberg is best used for: 

Wedge salads and basic garden salads due to its versatility.

Other ways to eat Iceberg:

Iceberg is a popular ingredient in sandwiches and tacos, and can also be used as a wrap for sandwiches. 

Answers to frequently asked questions about salad greens

1. What are the most nutritious salad greens?

Many different types of salad greens can be nutritious, and the nutritional value can vary depending on the type of green and the growing conditions. However, some greens that are commonly considered to be the most nutritious include:

● Spinach: high in vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium.

● Kale: high in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron, calcium, and antioxidants.

● Arugula: high in vitamins A and C, and a good source of antioxidants.

● Romaine lettuce: high in vitamins A and K, and a good source of fiber.

● Watercress: high in vitamins A and C, and a good source of antioxidants.

● Endive: high in vitamins A and K, and a good source of fiber.

● Radicchio: high in vitamins A and K, and a good source of antioxidants.

● Chard: high in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron, calcium, and antioxidants.

2. What to do with leftover salad greens?

There are many ways to use up leftover salad greens:

● Add them to soups or stews: Chop up the greens and add them to soups or stews for extra flavor and nutrition.

● Make a smoothie: Blend leftover greens with fruit, yogurt, and a liquid for a quick and healthy smoothie.

● Cook them: Sauté, stir-fry, or braise the greens as a side dish, or add them to omelets, frittatas, or quiches.

● Use them as a base for dips: Chop the greens and use them as a base for dips, such as guacamole or salsa.

● Make a pesto: Blend leftover greens with herbs, nuts, cheese, and oil to make a flavorful pesto.

These are just a few of the many ways to use up leftover salad greens and prevent food waste.

3. How to store salad greens?

Salad greens are best used within a week of purchase but can last up to two weeks if stored properly. 

● Wash and dry your salad greens 

● Remove any damaged or wilted leaves

● Store the greens in the refrigerator, in the crisper drawer, or on a shelf

● To extend their lifespan, you can also place a paper towel inside the bag or container to absorb excess moisture

Read more about the benefits of eating fresh, seasonal food.

4. What is the best temperature range for storing salad greens?

The best temperature range for storing most salad greens types is between 32°F and 40°F (0°C and 4°C). This temperature range helps to slow down the process of spoilage and maintain the freshness and crispness of the greens.

Read more about how to keep fruits and vegetables fresh.

5. Can you freeze salad greens?

Yes, you can freeze most types of salad greens. However, it is important to note that freezing can change the texture of the greens and make them softer when thawed.

6. How to measure salad greens?

Salad greens can be measured by the leaf for many types of salad greens, or measured by weight using a food scale. 

7. How to wash salad greens?

Salad greens are best washed with cold water and dried using a paper towel or salad spinner to ensure freshness.

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