If you’re like me, you’ve always thought of lettuce as one of those boring things that goes in salads. I mean, it’s just a green leafy veggie with no flavor or crunch. Right? Well, not exactly. There are actually dozens of different types of lettuce that can be used in your salads and stir-fries — some sweet and crisp like romaine and iceberg; some peppery like arugula; and even some exotic varieties like radicchio and frisée. Each type has its own unique flavor profile, texture, coloration and growing habits that make it perfect for different types of dishes (and my tastes). So if you’re looking to add something more exciting than romaine lettuce to your next meal — or are just curious about the many different ways there are to eat this leafy green — read on!
It’s also good in sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and even as a substitute for bread in many dishes. The health benefits of lettuce are numerous: it’s high in fiber; rich in vitamins A and C; contains calcium; and provides folate (a B vitamin).
It’s also a good source of folate, which helps the body produce new cells and tissues, as well as potassium that helps maintain normal blood pressure. Lettuce is easy to grow, even if you only have access to limited space–you can grow it in containers on your patio or balcony! There are many different kinds of lettuce available at the supermarket or farmers’ market: some are sweet tasting (e.g., Bibb), while others have more bitter flavors (e.g., Romaine). All types are good for adding texture and flavor when eaten raw in a salad mix but also make excellent additions when sauteed or stir fried with other vegetables like tomatoes
Lettuce is a great addition to salads, but it can also be eaten on its own. There are many different kinds of lettuce, and they’re all good for you! Lettuce is a great source of vitamins A and C. It’s also rich in fiber, which helps keep your digestive system running smoothly. Because lettuce is low in calories (about 5 per cup), it’s an excellent choice if you’re trying to lose weight.
If you’re looking to try something new, we recommend trying some of these varieties. You might be surprised at how delicious they taste in your next salad or sandwich.