8 ways with lettuce
It probably comes as no surprise that lettuce is one of the most wasted vegetables in New Zealand.
We have all encountered limp lettuce in the back of our fridge, or have bought bags of salad greens which have gone soggy only a day after opening the bag.
The key to making lettuce last longer is to store it correctly.
Iceberg lettuces should be stored in a lettuce crisper. If you don’t have one, wrap the ice berg in paper towels and store it in an airtight bag.
Other lettuces and salad leaves should be removed from their packaging and stored in an airtight container.
Lettuce can also be a tricky vegetable as most of us just see it as the base for a salad or a filling for sandwiches, wraps or burgers – but there are more uses for it.
Think of firm lettuces like iceberg and cos as very soft cabbages, while many soft leafy lettuces can be used as you would use spinach.
Whether you simply have too much lettuce or it is starting to go limp, here are 8 ways to use lettuce, without a single salad!
While cooking lettuce may seem a little unusual to us Kiwis, there are many cultures around the world who embrace it. Try this Asian-inspired recipe for braised baby lettuces or go French with this Jamie Oliver pea and lettuce dish.
Use it as a vehicle
Large lettuce leaves like iceberg or cos are the perfect vehicle for your favourite fillings. Try making spiced mince for san choy bau or add your favourite meat patty for a bunless burger.
Make a dressing
Blitz it in a smoothie or juice
People put spinach into a smoothie, so why not lettuce? You’ll want to make sure you have a high powered blender to whizz it up into pieces so small that you won’t even notice it is there.
Chances are you have never had pickled lettuce, as it is somewhat unusual. If you are a pickle lover, try this recipe. Pickling softens the lettuce which makes it easier to contain in a sandwich and it adds a nice tang to it.
Use lettuce instead of dumpling wrappers in these microwave dumplings.