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The Definitive Ranking Of Salad Greens

In salad, as in life, it makes a difference what you put on the bottom. I think I'm saying that salad greens are like pants. And some pants are ugly.

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15. Radicchio

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So maybe I once confused radicchio with red cabbage and maybe I made a coleslaw out of it anyway and maybe that coleslaw was so inedibly bitter that I'm still kinda mad WHAT ABOUT IT.


14. Mixed Greens (a.k.a. Mesclun)

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Who even knows what the heck is in here? Whatever it is, it's ALWAYS slimy. If you want to feel like you're in a shitty restaurant in the early 2000's that's trying too hard, mesclun is for you!


9. Belgian Endive

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Endive is cool in the way that a European exchange student is cool; you may never be besties, but when you do hang, you feel like a million bucks.

8. Iceberg Lettuce

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Go ahead, TELL me about how iceberg lettuce is lame and tasteless and "it's all water." I don't care and I will laugh in your face as I eat a gosh dang delicious wedge salad covered in blue cheese dressing and bacon bits.


4. Watercress

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Spicy, sassy, and just a little WiLd. The salad equivalent of taking off your gross hiking boots and dunking your feet into an ice-cold mountain stream.

2. Tuscan Kale

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Leave that curly stuff for when you have time to cook the heck out of it; this is the kind of kale you should be making salads with. And no, you don't have to frickin' MASSAGE it, you just have to cut it into skinny little ribbons (a.k.a "chiffonade" ) and then put dressing on. The normal way.

1. Arugula

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Arugula is fabulous because it has a secret superhero name ("rocket"!) and because it's spicy enough to be interesting and tender but NOT slimy and it gets along with literally all other vegetables. More like aRULEgula.