Let’s think about our salad basics: veggies, croutons, dressing, all over a bed of iceberg lettuce. BORING! Iceberg lettuce lacks the taste and nutrition that you can get from other leafy greens. So below are three other greens and recipes you can use to zest up your salads!
Arugula is higher in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B12, and vitamin K than iceberg lettuce! This green has a nice crisp, zesty, slightly bitter taste that pairs really well with citrus fruits and vinaigrettes. Check out the tasty recipe below that encompasses both.
Apple Pecan Arugula Salad by The Minimalist Baker
I promise you don’t need to be a hipster to reap the benefits of this delicious green! Kale has more antioxidants, vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A than regular old iceberg lettuce. Kale tastes earthy, a little bitter, and extremely healthy – in a great way!Know that you know how awesome kale is, let’s give the recipe below a spin.
Hearty Kale and Pomegranate Winter Salad
This last leafy green is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B6, riboflavin, and potassium than iceberg lettuce. Spinach is a little bitter but does a fantastic job of heightening the other flavors in the salad. Spinach is great with fruits, lean meat, and soft cheeses.
Greek Spinach Salad by From the Grapevine