Using Arugula, Spinach, and Other Greens

We see a lot of fun greens come through the warehouse each week from arugula to spinach, kale to beet greens. These fun little green veggies are a wonderful flavor (and health) addition to many dishes.

pizza with arugula

There are so many ways to use these leafy greens. Here are just a few.


  • Used in place of basil to make your pesto
  • Added to pizza once it’s baked
  • Can be an extra crunch in your sandwich
  • Is perfect for pasta dishes
  • Can replace lettuce on your burger
  • Of course is perfect in (or AS) a salad!


  •  Perfect in smoothies
  • Great cooked into any pasta recipe
  • A great addition to quiche
  • Cooked or fresh salads
  • Creamy dips
  • Added to pizza, burgers, and sandwiches too!
Kale (similar to spinach but in smaller quantities based on taste):
  •  Great in smoothies 
  • Added to pasta dishes
  • Mix with other greens for a deliciously healthy salad
  • Sauteed with other green veggies, mushrooms, and/or protein of your choice
  • Chopped into a soup
  • Frittata mix-in or edible garnish

Beet (and other) greens:

  •  Great salad addition
  • Folded into eggs or a frittata
  • Added to pasta with cheese and nuts or seeds
  • Mixed into a grain bowl
  • Sauteed with garlic and onion and mixed with other veggies
arugula on pizza

These are just a handful of ideas on how to use those deliciously healthy greens you may pass by each week. Next time you come in to shop, be sure to grab some leafy greens and try a new recipe (or make your own)!

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