A wide range of different salad leaves are readily available in UK supermarkets e.g. watercress, rocket, beetroot leaves. You can now get them in leaves of different shapes, sizes and colour and are a great addition to many meals as a side dish. They are also quite easy to grow yourself so why not give it a go and reduce your food footprint (impact on our planet)?
How to store
How to store fresh salad leaves
Store all varieties of salad leaves in the fridge in their original packaging, or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag.
You cannot freeze salad leaves
Foods with high water content, like salad leaves, lettuce and cucumber, do not freeze well.
Salad leaves Top tips
Be fabulous with leftovers
Prepared salad leaves should be eaten by the use by date. The food could be unsafe to eat after, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine.
Also, bagged salad has a short ‘open life’ - the time you have to eat the food once it’s been opened.
Salads are a perfect way to use up all sorts of small portions of leftovers from all the main food groups, including fish, meat, dairy eggs and grains. Store cupboard essentials such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit or tinned goods are great additions to salads.
Buy the right size bag/ pack for your needs. Salad bags have a use by date for safety and very little time to use up the contents once opened. Think about swapping bagged salad for a whole lettuce, which will last longer.
Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to serve at mealtimes.
Valuing your Salad leaves beyond the price tag
Goodness in food
Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.
- A source of vitamin A which helps your body’s natural defence against illness and infection (the immune system) work properly.
- Salad leaves have a high water content so they help to hydrate the body.
By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it’s made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket.
So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin!