Mustard leaves, mizuna and mibuna, and different types of lettuce all grow well together. Choose lettuce varieties that will give a visually pleasing mix such as those with frilled or reddish-brown leaves, as well as those with different textures such as cos and romaine.
Other crops that can be grown to add to a salad mix are chard leaves. ‘Bright Lights’ produces a mix of different coloured stems, varying from yellow to red and orange. The leaves are tender picked young, providing a lovely splash of summer colour. In addition, they can also be left to mature to be eaten as a vegetable. Steam or lightly cook freshly washed mature leaves with a little balsamic vinegar and toasted pine nuts and braise the stems to give two very different tasty dishes.
Beetroot leaves are also edible and taste better in salads when the plants are young, again adding a pretty splash of deep aubergine and red colour.