Different Types Of Lettuce Leafs For Salads

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2013 Update

It's been a long time since I've added anything of value to this article speaking about Lettuce Leafs but I can say I've been busy enjoying different types of lettuce leafs for salads.

I've become pretty good at describing the flavors and aromas of different lettuces. I've learned which lettuce leaf flavors mix well together and now know what lettuce leafs to use when adding fruits and sweet toppings and which lettuce leafs to use when adding more bitter toppings and poultry. Because I've practiced creating the salads myself, over time I've learned what works and doesn't work.

I've gotten pretty good making delicious salads and soon my LotOfCoupons.com website will have pages dedicated to lettuce leafs, creative salads and a lot more to do with vegetables and eating healthy. Because I've done a lot of work already that will eventually hit the Internet, I felt it would be a good idea to show some of the salads off here to give a preview of what's to come to LotOfCoupons.com.

Arugula Radicchio and Endive Salad

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Arugula Radicchio and Endive Salad


Arugula, Radicchio and Endive lettuces that all hold a bitter taste and mix great with sweet. Leaves are topped with strawberries, pears, green apple, sunflower seeds, caramelized pecans, goat cheese, and topped with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

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Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

This salad mixture is yummy and was very easy and simple to make. I bought fresh spinach leaves and cleaned it myself but you can buy spinach in a bag. I topped the vitamin rich spinach with caramelized walnuts, sun-dried cranberries, goat cheese, pan-fried apples and sprinkled sunflower seeds on top. I recommend a raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette.

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Cold Anti-Pasta Salad

Cold anti-pasta salad recipe. Spinach, Endive and Red Leaf Lettuce, Shittaki Mushrooms, Sun-dried Tomato, Black Olives, Red Onion, Roasted Red Pepper, Genoa Salami, and Provolone Cheese.

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Mix Different Lettuce Leafs

Hello and Welcome,

Do you enjoy a good salad? Are you someone who only orders mixed greens while dining out?

There are so many different types of lettuce leafs you can purchase at your local grocery store or fruit and vegetable stands/stores.

Salad is mainly known as a starter to a great meal but over the years salads have become more popular and many people order entrée salads as a meal and when people order a salad as a main course people add grill chicken, steak, shrimp or fish.

There are dozens of different kinds of lettuce leafs and each offer some kind of nutrients and health benefits. This Hub is dedicated to learning about different kinds of lettuce leafs so you can create your own healthy salad at home.

Leafs or Leaves as plural. It's a personal choice.

Iceberg lettuce is the most known and popular lettuce sold in grocery stores. Iceberg lettuce offers very little nutrients but it does offer a fresh and crispy crunch. Iceberg lettuce offers much less nutritional value than darker lettuces.

Green Leaf Lettuce

Green leaf lettuce contains large amounts of vitamins A and K.  Green leaf lettuce is also used as a natural antioxidant.  The antioxidants are beta carotene and lutein.  Beta carotene is usually found in fruits and vegetables.  Lutein is usually found in dark-green leafy vegetables.

Red Tip Leaf Lettuce

Have you ever considered red-tip leaf lettuce? Red leaf lettuce holds much more nutrients compared to Iceberg lettuce. The red pigment holds small amounts of antioxidants. The vitamins found in red-tip leaf lettuce are vitamin A and vitamin K. The antioxidants are beta carotene and lutein.

Radicchio

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Radicchio

Radicchio is a popular Italian vegetable and sometimes known as Italian chicory. Radicchio looks like the heart of a red cabbage and it's size is similar to a small head of Iceberg lettuce. Radicchio has vitamin A and C, Calcium and Iron.

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Frisee Lettuce

Frisee is a curly lettuce with long tender leafs joined to a whitish stem. The leafs come is shades of green and sometimes the tips of the leafs are reddish. High in water content with vitamins A, B, C and E.

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Belgian Endive

Belgian endive is a great leaf to mix in your salads AND endive is perfect to create a delicious appetizer. I use this leaf weekly. It's perfect to place a cold cucumber salad on one leaf at a time. You can also place fresh mozzarella tomato salad on each leaf too. Place each leaf on a platter with the salads on each leaf and your company simply picks up a leaf to eat. It's presentation is beautiful and flavorsome at the same time. No fork needed.

Endive is a part of the chicory family. Rich in potassium, calcium, vitamins B, C and E, beta-carotene and cellulose.

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Baby Arugula

Give your salad a huge pop of taste. Baby arugula adds much pizazz to bland lettuces. Arugula adds the same flavor impact as onions but without the onion aftertaste.

Vitamins found in baby arugula are A, C, K and Folic acid. Ready absorbable iron, magnesium, calcium, copper and potassium are found in baby arugula.

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Spinach Leaf

Spinach is so powerful because of it's nutritious value. It is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6. High level of lutein and also has magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Mixing fresh raw spinach into your salad to reap all of the healthy value is the best way to get all of the above into your diet.

Bibb Lettuce Leaves

Bibb lettuce leaves are considered a delicacy among among lettuces. The leaves offer a unique buttery flavor filled with vitamin A and Folate and have a crisp but tender texture. The leaves are very delicate and wilt quickly. To prepare before serving the leaves are placed in cold water then padded dry.

Boston Lettuce

The leaves of Boston Lettuce are soft and tender and are so easily bruised.  When packaged to be shipped it usually is packaged in protective plastic containers called "clam-shells".  Boston Lettuce is a member of the Butterhead family of Lettuces.  The taste of Boston Lettuce is a more sweet lettuce compared to many other lettuces.  Sweet not bitter.

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is also know as cos lettuce. It's leaf offers a crispy texture with a slightly bitter flavor. The vitamins found in romaine lettuce are A and C with calcium, folate, iron, phosphorus and potassium.

Romain lettuce leafs are great alternative to bread. If your dieting use large romaine lettuce leafs to create a sandwich. Great while eating chicken salad, tuna salad or vegetable salads. You cut down the calories while increasing your vitamins and nutrients.

Mache Lettuce

Also known as lambs lettuce, field salad and corn salad mache has a huge amount of vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, B6, B9 and omega-3 fatty acids. When eaten raw mache has Folic acid known as the wellness vitamin and helps with sleep, prevents irritability and fatigue. When cooked mache losses 50% of it's Folic acid content.

I'm know there are literally dozens of more lettuce leafs to add but the lettuce leafs I discuss here are the lettuce leafs I use weekly. I'm not much of a health buff but I do enjoy salads.

Adding more vegetables to any salad can only help you lose weight in addition to getting your daily dose of vitamins and nutrients. You can also add grill chicken (you can grill chicken within minutes), grill salmon, tuna or steak. Whipping up a hearty salad with protein added can be very satisfying and filling while eating healthier.

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jstankevicz 6 years ago from Cave Creek

Iceberg lettuce is the salad equivalent of cardboard. Only the center has any taste or textural content. With no nutritional value, what's the point? I use green leaf and red tipped lettuce mostly in salads and pile in some spinach at salad bars. Useful hub, in the intense lettuce wars...


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mailxpress 6 years ago from New York Author

Hi jstankevicz,

I thought writing about fresh crispy lettuce leafs would be an interesting Hub since it's summer time. I agree, Iceberg offers nothing but crispy crunch.


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vaguesan 6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

lettuce wars. lol

I hope somebody somewhere in the world is searching for "lettuce wars."


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great descriptions of the different types of lettuce. I tend to mix my lettuce. Each add such wonderful texture and taste. Thanks for sharing the information.


Uma07 6 years ago

Mailxpress,

This is a wowie hub.I love lettuces for salad but it's sad we have to make do with only the green leaf ones here in India (down south).Thanks to the tropical climate we miss out on so many things.

Thanks for sharing such a "nutritive" hub.:)


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eatingright 6 years ago

Interesting hub. Thanks. Next time, I will be more adventurous and include greens other than Romaine Lettuce for my salads.


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hanwillingham 5 years ago

Fascinating hub! I'll try this at home.Thanks.


JessNicHow 5 years ago

I hate salads, but a couple of wks ago I ate a salad and I loved it! The lettuce was not the kind you but from wal-mart, it was soft, dark green and it was good but I don't know what kind of lettuce it was in the salad, I'm beginning to think it was spinach but I'm not sure does any one know what kind it could have been? Also the dressing was great I thought she said it was peppermill ranch or something.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

It would be great if you included some photos to illustrate the different types of lettuce.


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mailxpress 4 years ago from New York Author

I did have photos of all the lettuce leaves but Hubpages kept telling me that my hubs had violations and thought it was the photos. It a part of a learning curve. Things happen.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Oh… I see… We are all in that learning curve and I completely understand. I think that the easiest way to avoid that problem is to use your own photographs, plus, it scores higher and gives more credibility to the author (especially in travel, recipe and food hubs). Maybe next time you go grocery shopping take your camera with you ;)

All the best,

Claudia


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mailxpress 4 years ago from New York Author

I NOW take my own pictures and record my own videos. Next week I'm going to take down more Hubs and start writing all over again. This time around it will be done right. Each time I shop I should take pictures of the lettuce leaves and upload them.


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Meg Moon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

My favourites are spinach and rocket *(which you guys call Arugula). I don't like the Radicchio. I also like lambs leaf lettuce have you tried that?

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