Many people think (head) lettuce is just for a salads or sandwiches. Below are some other fresh ideas. Unless specified, most will work with any type of head lettuce – red, green, etc.
- Wraps: Use in place of tortilla for burritos or fajitas OR use to wrap up your sandwich fillings. Alternatively, depending on the shape of the lettuce leaf, make a “cup” or a “boat” out of the lettuce and place your filling in that.
- Grilled: Best with a firmer lettuce, such as Romaine. Brush on a little oil and place on grill. It will have lovely grill marks. Can drizzle balsamic vinaigrette or any dressing of your choice prior to serving.
- Sauce: Lettuce Sauce Note: can substitute red leaf, green leaf or Boston lettuce for Bibb lettuce. Could also try sauce over a cooked white fish.
- Braised: Braised Lettuce with Peas
- Coleslaw: Tangy Lettuce Slaw
- Faux Sauerkraut: Sweet and Sour Lettuce
A variation of leafy salad is a shredded lettuce salad. That’s right – use your box grater and shred the lettuce. Top with your favorite in-season fruit or dried fruit (dried cranberries work well), toasted (and cooled) chopped nuts and any other vegetable of choice (I like to mix the colors and shapes/textures of vegetables), then add the your dressing of choice. For great color/texture, try shredded green leaf lettuce, strawberries and toasted pecans.
Nutrition Bite: The nutritional content of lettuce varies depending on the type of lettuce. In general, lettuce is a low-calorie vegetable that provides vitamins A, C and K as well as potassium. Lettuce also provides a small amount of fiber. Typically the darker the lettuce leaf, the more nutrients it will have including vitamin K and fiber. Along with nutrients, the darker the leaf usually also provides more flavor!
Fun Fact: Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family!
RD Reminder: If all you taste is the salad dressing, then the salad is overdressed!