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Baby Leaf Salad

Baby Leaf Salad

Baby Leaf Salad Mix

This simple and fresh baby leaf salad is an easy and healthy way to enjoy your lunch. Serve it up with some fried chicken breasts or as a BBQ accompaniment for a healthy and fulfilling snack.

baby leaf salad recipe

What is a baby leaf salad?

A baby leaf salad is a salad using baby leaves, rather than large lettuce leaves. Baby leaves are salad leaves that are harvested young and can be up to 12cm in length. This salad uses a bag of salad baby leaves from Aldi.

baby leaves
Baby Leaf Salad

This bag includes a delicious mix of different leaves:

Mizuna: a crisp-tasting leaf with a hint of pepper

Red Chard: A gorgeous red-coloured leaf with a sweet flavour

Bulls Blood: Another leaf with a red-coloured stem, tasting a bit like beet

Rocket: Rocket, or Arugula (in American English),  also known as Rucola is another peppery-tasting leaf.

baby leaves salad

How are Baby Leaves Harvested?

Baby leaves, also known as microgreens, are harvested when the plants are still in their infancy, typically around 7-14 days after germination. The plants are grown in shallow trays or containers filled with soil or growing medium that provides the necessary nutrients for the young plants to thrive.

When the baby leaves have reached the desired size, they are harvested by cutting the entire plant at the base, just above the soil level. The leaves are then separated from the stem and any excess soil is removed through gentle washing or using a specialized microgreen cleaning machine.

The harvesting process for baby leaves is typically done by hand, as it requires a delicate touch to prevent damaging the young plants. However, some commercial growers may use automated systems to harvest large quantities of microgreens.

Baby leaves are prized for their tender texture, delicate flavour, and high nutritional content, making them a popular choice for use in salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish for a variety of dishes. Due to their short growing cycle, they can be produced year-round in indoor or greenhouse settings, making them a versatile and sustainable crop.

The combination gives a lovely-looking salad base with interesting colours and tastes. Complement them with the baby tomatoes, pine nuts, avocado and croutons and you have a light but interesting salad to accompany any dish.

baby green salad

This salad is also great if you need a light salad as a side for a BBQ, for example.

What is the best salad dressing to use?

There are so many different salad dressings that you can use on this salad that work.

A lovely French Vinaigrette or a honey mustard dressing are both be fine. Or even a Balsamic vinegar with an olive oil mix.

baby leaf salad aldi

But for these photos, I decided to use some Italian Aceto Balsamico di Modena I.G.P.

This is a concentrated thick balsamic glaze made with grape must and I find it a lovely mix of sweet and sour. It is similar to this product I found on Amazon:

Crema di Aceto di Balsamico

You could always add some olive oil as well, but I decided to leave it out for this little snack.

light healthy salad

I hope you will try to recreate this healthy baby leaf salad. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make a Baby Leaf Salad

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baby leaf salad

Baby Leaf Salad

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

This tasty green salad, consisting of a mix of baby leaves. tomatoes, avocado, toasted pine nuts and croutons is a colourful way to enjoy your lunch.


  • 1 Ripe Avocado (ready to eat)
  • A Handful of baby leaves
  • 5/6 baby tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • Some croutons
  • Some salad dressing (I used some Crema Aceto Balsamica di Modena IGP)


  • Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Clean the ingredients if needed. Chop the avocado into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Toast the pine nuts in a skillet. Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well together.
  3. Decorate with the balsamic cream glaze.
  4. Enjoy!


Serve as a side dish or adjust the quantities for a main meal.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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