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Lettuce

Photo of four heads of lettuce growing in a garden
Photo of a head of red leaf lettuce
Photo of pieces of baby lettuce in a bowl
Photo credits (left to right): Photo credits (top to bottom): Flickr: Dwight Sipler (photofarmer); Flickr: Leeks 'N' Bounds; Flickr: eren {sea+prairie}

Foods Included

Romaine, Red Leaf, Iceberg, Manoa lettuce, Butter lettuce, Leaf lettuce, Corn salad

Description

Lettuces have a wide range of shapes and textures—iceberg is very dense with a high water content, while other varieties are curly and more loose. Most lettuce is green, some varieties may have red tips. In general, lettuce does not have a strong taste.

Buy It

  • Choose crisp lettuce with deep green color.

Store It

  • Keep lettuce for up to 1 week in loose plastic bag in refrigerator.
  • If your lettuce is wilted, put the leaves in a bowl of cold water with ice cubes and soak for about 15 minutes.

Cook It

  • Cut up lettuce into bite-sized pieces, toss with olive oil, vinegar, and your favorite herbs, like oregano, for a salad.
  • Add nuts and other veggies for more flavors and textures.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • Vitamin K helps our bodies heal quickly.

 

 

Try It

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Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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Fresh Fall Salad
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Vegetable Salad with Tangy Avocado Dressing
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Romaine, Mango, and Jicama Salad
15 mins
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