Creating a salad that’s bursting with flavor and color is an art, but since most salad greens and enhancements go well together, it’s hard to go wrong. And fortunately, most seed companies now carry a wide range of mixes and individual species and cultivars that take the guesswork out of growing salad greens.
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If you want to go beyond lettuce, try these delicious greens in your salads. You can eat some of them—spinach, arugula, and bok choy, for example—on their own, or mix them with lettuces and other greens like radicchio and mustard greens to give your salads spice and depth. Mesclun can also be the base of a salad or be mixed in with other greens. And don’t forget red, green, and Savoy cabbage, which are excellent as accents in tossed salads or in starring roles in cole slaw.