Supersize Your Salads

bigstock_Salad_4915401When it comes to superfoods in our salads, kale is old news. If you’re looking for a way to add exotic flavors and new textures to your next salad, try one of these nutrient-dense super-greens. Your romaine mix will no longer be the same.


It’s related to kale and broccoli, but looks nothing like either! Both the dense bulb and the crunchy leaves are completely edible, but you’ll need to peel the bulb first. Kohlrabi is rich in vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C, manganese and more.

Swiss Chard

A single cup of swiss chard packs more than six times our recommended requirements for vitamin K. Plus, like its cousin the beet, it packs quite the nutritional punch when it comes to phytonutrients known as betalains, which may help with detox, anti-inflammation and more.

Nutritional Yeast

Not a “yeast” in the traditional sense you probably think of, this cheesy, flaky stuff is great sprinkled on top of your salad or mixed into your dressing. It may help with red blood cell production and also offers up lots of vitamin B12, which is crucial if you’re on a strict plant-based diet.MizunaA relative of turnips, the fleshy stalks and brightly colored leaves add a spicy bite to any salad (similar to arugula). It’s a rich source of folate, iron and more. Add in small doses because just like arugula, its taste can quickly overwhelm ordinary greens.

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Crystal Garcia has been writing about health and fitness since 2008. An avid runner, Crystal is always racing after the next big nutrition breakthrough that can maximize her running times.

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