I feel like most restaurants or recipes are very partial to romaine. It’s the standard go-to lettuce green for many recipes and dishes. Don’t get me wrong, I love romaine, but it’s easy to get tired of the same thing. Let’s not forget about all the other options! Bored of Romaine- 8 Other Leafy Greens (2)


Kale is very popular, and for good reason. It’s the “gold standard” of leafy greens– packed full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, B6, potassium, and contains minerals such as copper and manganese. Kale is so versatile– you can throw it into a smoothie, roast it into chips, or sautee it and serve as a side. 

Try: Baked Sweet Potato With Kale & Caramelized Onions


This peppery green is also known as rocket or rucola. It’s commonly used in Italian dishes, and is packed full of vitamin K. Arugula is also a great source of folate, a nutrient that’s important for heart health and crucial for women of child-bearing age.

Try: Greek Cucumber and Arugula Salad


I am a HUGE fan of butter head lettuce. My favorite (and Nick’s) is the “living” butter lettuce. It’s more delicate and sweet than other types of lettuce. It has large, cupped leaves, that are the perfect replacement for wraps. It’s also rich in vitamin K, which is vital for normal blood clotting. Like other greens, this tender lettuce is packed full of vitamin A and folate. 

Try: Butter Lettuce with Mustard Vinaigrette

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Red Leaf

Red leaf lettuce is a good source of vitamin A, which may help support a healthy immune system and keep your skin looking younger, and vitamin K, which helps strengthen your bones as well as make your blood clot. This leafy green also contains some lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that are important for eye health, mainly by helping to prevent macular degeneration. 

Try: Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing

Green Leaf

Green leaf is a popular lettuce and has a nutritional profile similar to re-leaf. Green leaf has slightly more vitamin C, which provides your immune system with a boost, promotes healthy skin, and is good for your heart. 

Try: Green Leaf Lettuce, Pomegranate, and Almond Salad  


Radicchio has a bitter taste and is very high in fiber, helping with colon health and weight management. It’s very high in antioxidants, and inulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. 

Try: Perfectly Grilled Radicchio


Endive is in the same group as radicchio, and boasts nutrients including vitamin A, and vitamin C, which both boost your immune system and fight off infections. It’s also contains calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong. Endive is also high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that may help to prevent Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer.

Try: Endive Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing


Iceberg has a bad rap for having no nutritional benefit. It is lower in nutrients than other greens, it’s not completely void of nutrition. In two cups, you’ll get 30% of your daily value of vitamin K, 10% of vitamin A, 7% of folate, and 4% of potassium.  Iceberg lettuce has a crisp, crunchy texture and only 8 calories per cup. 

Try: Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce


What’s your favorite salad green? Any favorite recipes? Share below! 


  1. True story: I thought I hated salads growing up, but then I learned as an adult that I loved salad, I just hated iceberg lettuce! LOL I personally love romaine as well as the red and green lettuces, but I had no idea how nutritionally beneficial kale was before reading your post. I may need to start adding a bit to my salads :)

    1. Haha that’s so funny! We used to have iceberg lettuce when I was a child all the time. I think in the 90’s, not much emphasis was placed on variety, so we just didn’t know about the other types!

  2. arugula and kale are my other favorites.. thanks for reminding about other options.

    1. I love kale too! I am not a big fan of arugula. I’ve tried it so many times but just can’t get myself to like it!

  3. I love arugula… I think it’s probably my favorite alternative. I got a random greens mix with edible flowers at the farmers’ market last weekend which was pretty great, too!

    1. Oh man, I bet a mix of greens + edible flowers was amazing!

  4. I still can’t get into kale, but I have been obsessed with arugula salads!

    1. Opposite for me — I love kale and can’t get into arugula haha! :)

  5. Arugula is my #1 favorite!

  6. I love all of your featured greens :) We too are huge fans of the “living” butter lettuce. I’ll have to try out the vinaigrette you paired it with.

    1. Loooove butter lettuce. I think it is the sweetest and best tasting green, esp for dinner salads. My boyfriend is really picky and the butter lettuce is the only salad green he’ll eat (at this moment!)

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