How to Grow Your Own Sensational Salads

In the middle of a sweltering summer, you know what sounds amazing? A chilled bowl packed to the brim with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers and crunchy celery.
No wonder the last week of July, (I vote for every week), is designated National Salad Week. I can’t think of a more satisfying dish for this time of year.
Yes, eating salads is quite good. But growing them is even better.

I’m going to show you how to grow a Salad-lover Tower Garden.
Salad-lover Tower Gardens are “full of things like lettuces, greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, edible flowers and other crops commonly used in salads.”

Sound like your ideal garden? Let’s dive in!

It’s the little things in life, right?
20 Plants Salad Lovers Should Grow
To help you plan your Tower Garden, here are 20 plants to grow for delicious, raw salads:
Amaranth – spinach substitute that grows remarkably well in warm, humid weather

Arugula ­– popular mixed salad green with a pleasant, peppery kick

Asian greens ­– tasty family that includes the bold mizuna, spinach-like tatsoi and others

Beans – delicious (and healthy!) ingredient in hearty, filling salads

Borage – produces edible, cucumber-flavored flowers

Broccoli ­– a single serving has about twice as much vitamin C as an orange

Cauliflower ­– pale cousin of broccoli with similar health benefits and taste

Celery ­– rich with fiber, easy way to add more texture to a salad

Chard – top superfood, often included in premade salad mixes

Cress – recently ranked as the most nutrient dense food

Cucumbers – iconic summer crop, increase the cool, crisp factor of any salad

Kale ­– packed with iron, often shredded to make a simple salad

Lettuces – with so many interesting varieties to choose from, you could easily grow a lettuce-only Tower Garden! (And some people do.)

Mustard greens – like lettuce, a pretty big family that includes several delicious, spicy varieties

Nasturtium – edible flower with a peppery, cress-like flavor, doubles as natural pest control

Peas – sweet, snap varieties often added to salads

Spinach – perhaps the most popular salad ingredient next to lettuce, very sensitive to heat

Strawberries – delightful topping if you like sweet salads

Sweet peppers – enliven salads with color and crunch

Tomatoes – bursting with flavor, cherry tomatoes are a popular variety for salads

These are my top recommendations, but there’s really no wrong way to make a salad. What would your list of ideal salad plants look like? Leave a comment to let me know!
How to Arrange a Salad-lover Tower Garden 

Want to eat fresh salads every day? You’ll need to reserve about 2–3 growing ports per family member for lettuces and greens.
Feel free to adapt the above plan as needed. For example, if you don’t like mustard greens but love lettuce, grow lettuce in two ports and leave out the mustards. As you tweak the plan, just try to keep the same big-to-small, pyramid-like arrangement. This will help keep your Tower Garden balanced.

“Lettuce” Eat! 

Lettuce and other greens grow quickly, and yours may be ready to harvest just weeks after planting. Salads are pretty simple to make, but you should check out the 5 Tower Gardener-vetted salad recipes in the Tower-to-Table Cookbook if you haven’t yet. (I’ve been meaning to try the Thai kale salad!) And here’s a fun idea: take your greens on the go by packing a salad in a jar. If you don’t eat harvests right away, place your lettuce and greens between paper towels in a sealed container and refrigerate them. When you’re ready to use them, follow these easy steps to make your produce fresh and crisp again:

Do you have a question? A must-try salad recipe? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments below. 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. atkokosplace says:

    Never heard of a tower garden before. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing all this information. Love it! Have a lovely day! Koko 🙂

    1. Hi, thanks for commenting on my post! 😉 oh boy the Tower Garden has been a wonderful addition to our family and especially with the way we eat and live our healthy lifestyle. It makes such a difference in our budget as well as our meals. The flavor of the produce is far superior to anything I’ve purchased from any market or store. I’d be happy to show you how it works. Take a look here! It’s pretty darn cool.

      Let me know if you have any more questions, Jackie

      1. atkokosplace says:

        I will check it out for sure! Thank you for the link and I will keep you updated. Take care! Koko:)

      2. Great, have a fantastic and delicious day!

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