From mild and crispy to peppery and tangy, fresh garden lettuce has something for every taste. So whether you’re a dedicated salad lover or just looking to green up your plate, this brief guide to 10 popular lettuce varieties and their uses will help you find your new favorite lettuce!
This is one of the most popular lettuce varieties. You’ll spot it in salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Iceberg lettuce has a delicious crispy texture and mild taste.
With its long, crisp leaves and slightly bitter taste, Romaine lettuce is the star ingredient in Caesar salads. It works well in sandwiches and makes a great lettuce wrap.
Soft, tender leaves with a buttery texture and delicate flavor make butterhead lettuce ideal for sandwiches and salads.
Lettuce Varieties: Arugula
A peppery, tangy lettuce variety that is often mixed into salads. Commonly seen on top of pizzas, and in pasta dishes.
Red Leaf Lettuce
A loose-leaf variety with a reddish hue and a sweeter taste. It is often used in salads and sandwiches.
A small, tender variety with a sweet, buttery taste and a soft texture. Bibb lettuce is often used in salads and sandwiches.
Lettuce Varieties: Endive
A slightly bitter, curly-leafed variety that is often used in salads and as a garnish for dishes such as braised meats.
A red and white, bitter-tasting variety often used in Italian dishes such as risotto and salads.
Lettuce Varieties: Frisée
A curly-leafed lettuce with a slightly bitter taste that is often used in salads and as a garnish for dishes such as roasted meats.
A combination of various young lettuce leaves, such as arugula, spinach, and baby lettuce, with a variety of flavors and textures. A fresh spring mix is commonly used in salads and as a bed for grilled chicken or fish.
By including some of these different lettuce varieties into your diet, you’ll not only learn about their delicious flavor and texture but also reap the many health benefits that they offer. And as everyone knows, you will never find the same taste in the produce aisle compared to when you grow your own. So go ahead and try out some new lettuce varieties – your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!