6 Packaged Salad Greens

Real Simple testers grazed on 54 prewashed varieties. Wondering which taste freshest and whether you really don't have to wash them again? Lettuce help.

1

Best Dark Leafy Mix

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Organicgirl Supergreens
Get the fiber and the calcium of dark leaves without the bitterness of some competitors. This mix has tender baby bok choy and Swiss chard.

To buy: $5 for a 5-ounce clamshell, at grocery stores.

Photo by iloveorganicgirl.com
2

Best Spinach

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Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach
Packaged spinach can be stringy and tough. Testers praised this winner’s “good tenderness” and “subtle sweetness.”

To buy: $4 for a 5-ounce clamshell, at grocery stores.

Photo by ebfarm.com
3

Best Romaine

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Garden Life Romaine
Ideal for topping burgers and sandwiches or chopping into a salad, these whole leaves were the crunchiest of the bunch.

To buy: $4.20 for a 7-ounce clamshell, at grocery stores.

Photo by Danny Kim


4

Best Baby Kale

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Taylor Farms Organic Baby Kale
Tasters described these greens as “straight-from-a-garden” fresh. Plus, they’re sturdy enough for soups and stir-fries.

To buy: $3 for a 5-ounce clamshell, at grocery stores.

Photo by taylorfarms.com
5

Best Arugula

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Organicgirl Baby Arugula
Some contenders were limp and lacked arugula’s peppery punch. These large, hearty furls had plenty of flavor.

To buy: $5 for a 5-ounce clamshell, at grocery stores.

Photo by iloveorganicgirl.com
6

Best Spring Mix

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Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix
Deep green, purple, and red lettuces—some delicate, some crisp—make for a beautiful blend of balanced textures. Just add vinaigrette.

To buy: $4 for a 5-ounce clamshell, at grocery stores.

Photo by ebfarm.com