15 Best Salad Greens to Grow Indoors

Last Updated: 08.03.2024
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Here are the Best Salad Greens To Grow Indoors that will turn your meal into a wholesome one full of fiber!

Salads make for a great and refreshing meal, plus they are easy to grow as well! These salad greens have a variety of benefits; for example, they help in weight loss, maintaining cholesterol levels, and lots more! Here are some of the Best Salad Greens to Grow Indoors that you must consider if you want to grow your own salad indoors!

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Best Salad Greens to Grow Indoors

1. Purslane


You must have heard of Nonia ki bhaji! If you haven’t, time to give these leafy greens a try. They’re a form of weed and a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Growing Purslane indoors is very easy. You can grow them in pots with a good amount of sun and well-draining soil.

2. Celery



Celery is perfect for reducing weight (It’s low on calories). This crunchy salad green requires a consistent dose of water to stay healthy. Other than using organic fertilizer and maintaining the temperature below 23°C (73°F), there is nothing you have to do to grow these!

3. Kale



Kale is the nutrient powerhouse used to add color, texture, and nutrition to meals. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber and is called Karamsaag. If you’re growing Kale indoors, make sure not to get the soil too dry or too wet, and your kale plants get indirect sunlight every day.

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4. Mustard Greens

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Mustard Greens are really healthy. Its attractive red or green leaves and delicious succulent stems make it suitable as a core ingredient for any salad recipe. Surprisingly, Sarson ka saag or Mustard greens are super tolerant of frost and heat and remarkably easy to grow indoors.

5. Arugula

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Also called Rocket, Arugula is a salad leaf plant full of a rich, peppery flavor that can also be used as a garnish. This popular green features tiny, flat, and fuzzy leaves, rich in vitamin K and vitamin B complex. Growing arugula in pots is not that big a task. Keep it moist and warm, and that’s it!

6. Collard Green


Collard Greens are like Kale’s cousins and are famous for their crunchy texture. You’ll find it in most easy green salad recipes, and it can be easily grown in pots as long as you place them in full sunlight (6-8 hours) daily. Just move it indoors or to a shaded spot during midday.

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7. Nasturtium


With colorful, profuse blooms, the Nasturtium or Jalkumbhi plant is the best of both worlds. This seemingly delicate salad green is a born survivor and thrives on neglect. As long as you place it in full sun and supply a daily dose of water, it stays healthy and glowing. Its edible leaves and flowers grow quickly and add a spicy tinge to salads.

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8. Lettuce

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This crispy salad ‘Patta’ contains loads of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, making it perfect for people who have kidney problems and nervous disorders. Growing lettuce in pots is a great way to harvest fresh, peppery leaves in no time. Lettuce needs lots of room for its roots, so go for wide pots.

9. Sorrel


Ambad bhaji in India are tangy and healthy salad greens. With little maintenance, you can enjoy their nutritious health benefits! Sorrel is not a great candidate for container gardening, mainly because it needs extra room to grow and is slightly fussy about watering, but if you sow the seeds 6 inches apart, it’s sure to give a healthy harvest!

10. Yarrow

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Yarrow is a versatile salad plant, and since it’s a flowering herb, you can use it for ornamental purposes, too. It has anti-bacterial properties and pairs well with mint in beverages like tea. When growing yarrow in containers, make sure the soil is moderately warm and dry. Also, space the plants a few inches apart.

11. Spinach

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Spinach or Palak is packed with vitamins and minerals – iron, micronutrients, and carotenoids that delay muscular degeneration, improve vision, and minimize the effects of stress on health. Growing Spinach indoors is a smart way to thwart pest infestation. Keep it near a window where it can get 4-5 hours of sunlight, and it’ll thrive.

12. Malabar Spinach

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A tropical vine with foliage and taste resembling that of spinach, it is also called Poi ki Bhaji in India. A good source of iron, Malabar Spinach leaves used in salad can be useful in treating hemoglobin deficiencies. It is easy to grow them indoors, remember to provide soil rich in organic matter, adequate water supply, and full sun.

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13. Cabbage

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Cabbage or Patta gobhi makes for great salad greens. It is packed with nutrients and can easily grow indoors. Just make sure not to crowd them. Also, use soil rich in organic matter and water frequently. Cabbages are heavy feeders, so provide them with manure at small intervals.

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14. Dill

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Enriched with various minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium, Sua, or Shepu ki bhaji, is helpful in digestion, diabetes, and inducing sleep. Growing these salad leaves indoors is very easy. Plant the seeds deep and at a distance from each other, and make sure to use well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.

15. Amaranthus

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Cholai ki bhaji is one of the favorites of Indian people. They are rich in protein and are very easy to grow. These greens do well in warm climates and require a porous, well-draining soil. They are drought and heat-resistant, so you only need to water them when they’re dry. And enjoy them in salads.

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