In honour of St. Patrick’s Day and all things green, I thought it would be a perfect time to put a new spin on the day and celebrate our fine nutritional superstars, leafy greens. Here is the skinny on some of the top greens to add into your daily diet and a delicious salad dressing recipe.

Romaine – a source of vitamin B9 (folate), C, K and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium & magnesium; lower in fibre than kale or spinach, but still a great food to add to your regular diet.

Kale – a source of vitamin A, B6, C, K and minerals such as calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium; for best salad and smoothie texture, look for baby kale and don’t forget to massage these greens with salad dressing before eating as it improves the texture and overall dining experience.

Spinach – a source of vitamin A, B2, B6, C, K and minerals such as manganese, magnesium and iron; spinach is one of the first greens available in early spring that can be locally grown in colder climates, to get the most iron absorption out of spinach, pair with a citrus-based salad dressing (lemon, lime or orange) like my Dijon Honey Lime Salad Dressing.