Eat Your Leafy Greens – With These Fabulous Recipes!
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy leafy greens. From summer breakfast smoothies to flavorful fall salads, we’re sharing some of our favorite recipes starring California Grown greens. But before we get started with our leafy greens recipes, let’s learn a little bit more about one of California’s largest crops.
Leafy greens have been cultivated in the United States for hundreds of years. In fact, lettuce is believed to be one of the first vegetables brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus. Thanks to the catchy rhyme about sailing the ocean blue, most of you probably know that was waaaaay back in 1492. Around 400 years later, the advent of the cross continental railroad led to the explosion California’s lettuce industry. By the 1920s, California growers were using refrigerated train cars to ship their produce all the way across the country. Today, California is responsible for 90 percent of all leafy greens and lettuce sold in the United States.
Different varieties of lettuce and leafy greens are available virtually year round in the Golden State. Peak season in the cool, coastal Salinas Valley runs from April through October while Southern California’s warmer Imperial Valley harvests from November through March.
Arugula Salad with Poached Egg
Salad for breakfast? If you’re serving this Arugula Salad with Poached Egg, then we’re all in. With only twenty five calories for a whopping three cup serving, feel free to scoop up seconds (or thirds).
Green Goddess Sandwiches
We can’t stop singing the praises of these vegetarian Green Goddess Sandwiches from Bojon Gourmet! They’re creamy, crunchy and totally satisfying. Adding leafy greens to your sandwich is a great way to increase your intake of heart healthy nutrients and fiber.
Persimmon Kale Salad
Heartier greens, like kale, shine when paired with bold fall flavors. This Persimmon Kale Salad is such a satisfying salad, you won’t even miss the meat. Speaking of which, did you know that kale is packed with more iron per ounce than beef? It’s true! This superfood also provides over 100% of your recommended daily allowances of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.
Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of creamy mashed potatoes? Well, actually, our friend KC’s Colcannon just might be! This traditional Irish dish combines kale with the comfort food favorite and the results are absolutely irresistible. Fun fact: cooking kale doesn’t diminish any of it’s nutritional benefits, so this dish is just as healthy as it is delicious. Kale, yeah!
California Greenin’ Smoothie
No leafy green recipe round up would be complete without a green smoothie recipe! Start the day with a California Greenin’ Smoothie, or try adding spinach to your favorite smoothie recipe.
Fig and Arugula Pizza
Have you ever tried adding leafy greens to your pizza? Peppery California grown arugula adds the perfect finishing touch to this Fig and Arugula Pizza from our friend Teri at No Crumbs Left.
Roasted Radicchio Wedge
Does it count as a “leafy green” if it’s actually purple? You can be the judge. No matter what your ruling is, this Roasted Radicchio Wedge recipe is pure goodness.
We hope these leafy greens recipes help you indulge deliciously!