Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lettuce Recipes

I know, I know, you don't need me to tell you how to make a salad. I won't. Not exactly anyway. What follows are some interesting lettuce recipes. Hat tip to Dancing Gecko for doing most of the leg work already ;).

Without further ado, lettuce talk about let us. Er. Whatever.

Sweet and Sour Pickled Lettuce

"My Hungarian father makes this special Sweet and Sour Lettuce Salad, and my pickle-loving daughter gobbles it up. It is gentler than sauerkraut, but also dresses up meat sandwiches or makes a flavorful side dish."


  • 1 round head lettuce or 600 grams bagged lettuce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
  • 6 Tablespoons vinegar


1. Separate and wash lettuce leaves. Place in large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mix water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. The mixture can be adjusted a bit according to your taste.
3. Pour over lettuce. Use your hands to mix the lettuce well with the liquid.
4. Let sit for 20-30 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate.

NOTE: The salad tastes better after a day of sitting in the refrigerator.

MARV SAYS: I ain't Hungarian, but I would use this same recipe with garlic vinegar and Iceberg wedges in a heart beat!

Tangy Lettuce Slaw
Move over cole slaw, there's a new slaw in town.


  • 8 leaves of Boston or butter lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 small cucumber


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and kosher salt. Thinly slice 2 stalks of celery, cucumber, and 8 leaves of Boston or butter lettuce. Add to the bowl containing the vinaigrette and toss.

P.S. If your lettuce is getting a little soft, throw it in with your smoothie and enjoy all of its health benefits before it ends up in the compost bin.

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