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Mixed Lettuce Creates Flavorful Salads

By Edited Sep 19, 2015 2 7

Types Of Lettuce

Lettuce Leaves

Lettuce Leaves

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.

Iceberg Lettuce


Fresh Head Of Iceberg Lettuce

Most popular with consumers.  Very little flavor and nutrients but offers a crisp crunch to salads, sandwiches, burgers and tacos.

Green Leaf Lettuce

Green Lettuce Leaves

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

Red Tip Lettuce Leaves

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.


Lettuce Head Of Radicchio

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.

Frisee Lettuce

Frisee Lettuce Leaves

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.

Belgian Endive

White Belgian Endive

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.

Baby Arugula

Baby Arugula Leaves

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.

Spinach Leaf

Green Spinach Leaves

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

Bibb Lettuce Leafs

 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.

Boston Lettuce

Boston Lettuce Leafs

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.

Romain Lettuce

Romain Lettuce Leaves

Vitamins are A, C with Calcium, folate, iron, phosphorus and potassium.  Romaine has a slightly bitter taste to its long crisp leafs.

Mache-Lamb-Field Lettuce

Mache Lettuce Leaves

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.

Radicchio Endive Arugula Salad
Home-Style Cold Antipasta Salad
Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

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Jun 20, 2011 4:03pm
Mmm, my mouth is watering now. It's great to have some clarification of what all the different varieties are called as I never really know when reading a menu what to expect! Thanks for the informative article.
Jun 20, 2011 10:26pm
Thanks for viewing it and taking a look. I think I'm finally getting the hang of IB. Images always did confuse me and so did videos. We all learn in due time.
Jun 20, 2011 5:55pm
I've never really thought about all the different types of lettuce there are ... although I love mixed greens in a salad. Great info!
Jun 20, 2011 10:25pm
I work at a restaurant and they mix all different kinds of lettuce leafs and the salads are real good. I'll be adding more to the list. Thanks for commenting.
Jun 27, 2011 8:28pm
Being a vegetarian I appreciate all of these wonderful flavors of lettuce and enjoy eating them even more. Excellent article on creating flavorful salads.
Jul 1, 2011 1:05am
This is a great article. It's nice to know a bit more about what I'm eating in a mixed salad.
Jul 15, 2011 1:49pm
I love lettuce but never new how many varieties there was. Lovely article!
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