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Leafy Greens & Salad Vegetables

Updated June 14, 2019 133.7k views68 items

Hungry? Check out this list of the best leafy greens and salad vegetables. These are edible plants in which the leaves, stems, flowers, or roots can be made into delicious snacks. This list does not include edible plants that are fungi, seeds, or treated as fruits. Something to consider: the word vegetable is based on culinary tradition. It is not scientific. Edible plants traditionally used to make savory dishes are typically considered vegetables. That said, some vegetables are occasionally used to also make sweet dishes, such as carrots, rhubarb, and even avocados.

What are the best vegetables for salad? While some of the edible greens on this list may be eaten raw, more often than not, vegetables are cooked. So whether you're a vegetarian, vegan, or just a well rounded carnivore, enjoy this list of leafy greens and salad vegetables. Maybe you'll be inspired to go outside and hunt for your own leafy greens. Or maybe you'll just learn a few new things about the different types of salad greens before you eat that burger you really wanted anyway. Whatever the case, learning about these salad veggies may help you make healthy decision in the future. Eat up!
  • Amaranth1
    Latin Name: Amaranthus cruentus
  • Arugula2
    Latin Name: Eruca sativa
  • Beet Greens3
    Latin Name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris
  • Bitterleaf4


    Latin Name: Vernonia calvoana
  • Chinese cabbage5
    Latin Name: Brassica rapa Chinensis group
  • Broccoli Rabe6
  • Brussels sprout7
    Latin Name: Brassica oleracea Gemmifera group
  • Cabbage8
    Latin Name: Brassica oleracea Capitata group
  • Flatweed9


    Latin Name: Hypochaeris radicata
  • Cauliflower10
    Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
  • Celery11
    Latin Name: Apium graveolens
  • Celtuce12


    Latin Name: Lactuca sativa var. asparagina
  • Ceylon spinach13

    Ceylon spinach

    Latin Name: Basella alba
  • Chard14
    Latin Name: Beta vulgaris var. cicla
  • Chaya15


    Latin Name: Cnidoscolus aconitifolius subsp. aconitifolius
  • Chickweed16


    Latin Name: Stellaria
  • Chicory17
    Latin Name: Cichorium intybus
  • Chinese Mallow18

    Chinese Mallow

    Latin Name: Malva verticillata
  • Chrysanthemum leaves19

    Chrysanthemum leaves

    Latin Name: Chrysanthemum coronarium
  • Collard greens20
    Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
  • Corn salad21
    Latin Name: Valerianella locusta
  • Cress22
    Latin Name: Lepidium sativum
  • Dandelion23
    Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale
  • Endive24
    Latin Name: Cichorium endivia
  • Epazote25


    Latin Name: Chenopodium ambrosioides