Top 10 Vegetables Highest in Protein

Top 10 Vegetables Highest in Protein

Everything in life needs protein to live, and vegetables can be a great source of protein.

The current daily value (%DV) for protein is 50 grams per day and is a target meant for most people. Vegetables high in protein include lima beans, bean sprouts, green peas, spinach, sweet corn, asparagus, artichokes, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and broccoli.

For more vegetarian and vegan sources of protein see the articles on beans and legumes highest in protein, and grains high in protein, and high protein nuts.

You can also see the uncurated list of 200 vegetables high in protein.

High Protein Vegetables List

Lima Beans

#1: Lima Beans

Protein
per Cup Cooked
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
11.6g
(23% DV)
6.8g
(14% DV)
11.1g
(22% DV)
Soybean Sprouts

#2: Soybean Sprouts

Protein
1 Cup
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
9.2g
(18% DV)
13.1g
(26% DV)
21.5g
(43% DV)
Green Peas

#3: Green Peas

Protein
1 Cup
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
8.6g
(17% DV)
5.4g
(11% DV)
12.8g
(26% DV)
A Bowl of Spinach

#4: Spinach

Protein
per Cup Cooked
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
5.3g
(11% DV)
3g
(6% DV)
25.8g
(52% DV)

More Dark Leafy Greens High in Protein

  • 5g (10% DV) per cup of cooked collard greens
  • 3.5g (7% DV) per cup of cooked mustard greens
  • 3.5g (7% DV) per cup of cooked Swiss chard
  • 2.5g (5% DV) per cup of cooked kale

Note: Cooking reduces the water content of the greens, allowing you to eat more greens and protein per cup.

Yellow Sweet Corn

#5: Sweet Corn

Protein
per Cup Cooked
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
4.7g
(9% DV)
3.3g
(7% DV)
7.6g
(15% DV)
Asparagus

#6: Asparagus

Protein
per Cup Cooked
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
4.3g
(9% DV)
2.4g
(5% DV)
21.8g
(44% DV)
Artichokes

#7: Artichokes (Globe or French)

Protein
in a Medium Artichoke
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
4.2g
(8% DV)
3.3g
(7% DV)
13.9g
(28% DV)
Brussels Sprouts

#8: Brussels Sprouts

Protein
per Cup Cooked
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
4g
(8% DV)
2.6g
(5% DV)
14.2g
(28% DV)
White Button Mushrooms

#9: Mushrooms

Protein
per Cup Cooked
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
3.9g
(8% DV)
3.6g
(7% DV)
27.5g
(55% DV)

More Mushrooms High in Protein

  • 4g (8% DV) per cup of cooked portobello
  • 3.5g (7% DV) per cup of cooked shiitake
  • 3g (6% DV) per cup of oyster mushrooms
  • 2g (4% DV) per cup of morels
  • 2g (4% DV) per cup of cremini
  • 1.5g (3% DV) per cup of enokis
Broccoli Stalk

#10: Broccoli

Protein
per Cup Cooked
Protein
per 100g
Protein
per 200 Calories
3.7g
(7% DV)
2.4g
(5% DV)
13.6g
(27% DV)

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Less Common Protein Rich Vegetables

FoodServingProtein
#1 Hubbard Squash1 cup10% DV
(5.1g)
#2 Dried Seaweed (Spirulina)1 tblsp8% DV
(4g)
#3 Bamboo Shoots1 cup8% DV
(3.9g)
#4 Jute Potherb1 cup6% DV
(3.2g)
#5 Pak-Choi (Bok Choy)per cup cooked5% DV
(2.7g)
#6 Pumpkin Leaves1 cup4% DV
(1.9g)
#7 Broccoli Raab (Rapini)per cup raw3% DV
(1.3g)

About the Data

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