Spring Mix (or mesclun) is a popular salad mix of assorted tender leaves. At Earthbound Farm, baby lettuces were some of our first crops back when we started farming organically over 25 years ago. We sold our fresh organic baby greens to friends and neighbors, then to local chefs in Carmel and Monterey, CA, who loved the flavor and texture of the tender little leaves. Later we became the first company to launch fresh, pre-washed organic salad greens for retail sale, and we helped start a salad revolution.
Although the ingredients in our mix may vary seasonally, the blend usually contains baby leaves of red and green romaine and oak leaf lettuces, lollo rosa and tango lettuces, red and green chard, mizuna, arugula, frisée and radicchio. The assortment offers a potpourri of appealing colors and shapes, with leaves ranging from emerald green to burgundy, and textures varying from tender to crisp, smooth to ruffled. All of our Spring Mix salad blends have a perfect balance of sweet, peppery, and bitter flavors for enticing salads with delicious depth and complexity.
Why choose organic spring mix?
- Lettuce currently ranks #14 on the Environmental Working Group’s list of produce that’s been shown to carry the most pesticide residues when cultivated conventionally. You can lower your dietary exposure to pesticides substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, and choosing organic for those items instead.
- Choose Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix to be sure it’s been grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that safeguard the environment. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic greens tastes better, too!
- WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for vegetables like lettuce and a wide range of other organic and conventional foods. It’s an empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects.
How to store spring mix
- Like all fresh cut veggies and pre-washed salads, our Spring Mix should always be refrigerated in the store. At home, store Spring Mix in the refrigerator, where it should remain fresh and delicious until the “Use By” date on the label. Regardless of the date, however, never eat lettuces that look wilted, decayed or have an off smell. When in doubt, toss it out!
Tips for using spring mix
- Because the leaves in our Spring Mix are young and delicate, combine them with salad dressings that are light and tart, like the Lemon Vinaigrette from our co-founder Myra Goodman’s first cookbook, Food to Live By. Use the dressing sparingly, just enough to coat the leaves lightly; toss it in at the last minute, just before serving, so the greens don’t become sodden.
- These baby greens work beautifully in sandwiches and wraps, too — anywhere you might use lettuce — and they add more vibrant flavor and interesting texture than the usual leaf or iceberg lettuce.
Learn more about the lovely little leaves in our Spring Mix with our Specialty Greens ID Chart.
Watch our co-founder Myra Goodman prepare a very simple yet elegant and delicious dressing that's just perfect for a Spring Mix salad: