Types Of Lettuce
Mixing different lettuce leafs turn ordinary salads into extraordinary salads.
Majority of people when grocery shopping usually grab heads of Iceberg lettuce. For whatever reason, Iceberg lettuce seems the most popular among consumers when grocery shopping but what I feel a lot of consumers are not aware of is that Iceberg lettuce has the least amount of nutritional value and flavor.
I've found doing online research and serving salads to customers at my job that the dark green leaves offer much more nutrition compared to Iceberg lettuce leafs. In addition to the nutritional value dark green leafs have, mixing different types of lettuce leafs creates mouth-watering flavor compared to Iceberg lettuce that has very little flavor.
Another important fact I come to learn is that buying organic fruits and vegetables is a much healthier choice. Because of the chemicals used to preserve the life of fruits and vegetables, buying organic helps you eat more healthy instead of digesting chemicals. I find it hard to believe that fruits and vegetables can cause harm than good. Usually chemicals are added to the crops to speed up the growing process of vegetables.
Anyway, below is a list of my favorite lettuce leafs to create awesome favorable salads without adding bacon bits, cheese or crunchy toppings. Mixing different lettuce leafs add a ton of flavor while keeping the calorie count low. Topping a salad with grill chicken or fish is a much wiser choice.
Leafs or Leaves as plural. It's a personal choice.
Most popular with consumers. Very little flavor and nutrients but offers a crisp crunch to salads, sandwiches, burgers and tacos.
Green Leaf Lettuce
Contains vitamins A and K and offers a mild delicate flavor. Beta carotene and lutein are found in this dark-green leafy lettuce and the beta carotene and lutein are antioxidants.
Red Tip Leaf Lettuce
Just like the green leaf lettuce the red-tip leaf has vitamins A and K and has antioxidants beta carotene and lutein which are found in the red pigment part of the leaf. Red leaf has a tender sweet delicate flavor.
Also known as Italian chicory. Radicchio's shape and size has the same shape of a head of iceberg lettuce but is much smaller. Radicchio holds vitamin A, C, Calcium and Iron. Adds great color to any salad and offers a bitter and peppery flavor.
High in water content with vitamin A, B, C and E. Frisee has a curly wild long tender leaf joined to a whitish stem. Frisee has a mild peppery nutty taste.
Endive is rich in potassium, calcium, vitamin B, C and E, beta-carotene and cellulose. Of course it's a natural antioxidant and adds a crispy bitter taste to salads.
If you enjoy pepper then you're going to love adding baby arugula to your salads because this little dark green leaf offers a peppery sweet tang. Vitamins found in this delicious leaf are A, C, K and Folic acid. Iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium are found in baby arugula.
Packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6. Spinach leaf is a powerful type of lettuce leaf. It also has high levels of lutein, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Bibb lettuce leafs are very delicate and requires a gentle touch. The leafs are crisp but tender and filled with vitamin A and Folate. It's an expensive head of lettuce and Boston lettuce is usually used as a substitute.
Is a delicate lettuce leaf. When packaged and shipped to grocery stores and vegetable stands it's packaged in a protective plastic container called "clam-shells". Has a sweet taste and not bitter.
Vitamins are A, C with Calcium, folate, iron, phosphorus and potassium. Romaine has a slightly bitter taste to its long crisp leafs.
Corn, lamb's and field salad are names used to describe Mache lettuce. Filled with vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, B6, B9 and omega-3 fatty acids. Mache has a huge amount of Folic acid a natural wellness vitamin that helps with sleep, fatigue and helps prevent irritability. Mache losses 50% of the Folic acid when cooked.
Here are a few pictures of salads I've made using lots of greeny greens and adding delicious toppings like fruits and almonds. All are power foods and you can enjoy an entire plate filled with greens, vegetables and chicken. You get to eat more and keep the calorie count low.