Lettuce Week: Salads are great, but…

Lettuce  just get the pun out the way up front, so we can jump right in and make good use of the leafy green bounty in the spring garden.

From the Lynch Farm

I’m pretty thrilled that our little lettuce crop survived the bizarre hot-and-dry-then-rainy-and-cold spring, and didn’t end up as groundhog food. But now there’s the question of how to use all of it. We’ve been eating plenty of simple green salads, and tried a strawberry and goat cheese salad from Eating Well that was very tasty. Some of our lettuce also has ended up in tacos when we had make-your-own taco bar recently.

From there, though, I ran out of lettuce ideas besides just eating green salads for 27 days in a row. Thankfully, Teh Internets provided a week’s worth of recipes that make creative use of the leafy green stuff. Head past the jump for the list & a recent award.

There are a few conventional uses for lettuce on this week’s list, like the Vietnamese lettuce rolls and a summer salad with beans and fruit. But who knew about grilling or stir-frying lettuce? I sure didn’t, until I stumbled upon several new recipes.

Also new to me: lettuce isn’t just chlorophyll and water. Most cultivars – the darker green ones in particular – have a decent amount of vitamins A and K (1 cup of shredded romaine will give you roughly 80% and 60% of the RDA, respectively). Lettuce also has a bit of fiber and a good amount of water, so it helps you feel full.

Ready to fire up the salad spinner? Lettuce proceed to the list:

  • Vietnamese lettuce rolls with spicy grilled tofu from Cooking Light (here)
  • Summer black bean and peach salad from NOURition (here)
  • Green gazpacho from Stillmans Farm blog (here)
  • Grilled romaine salad from InspiredRD (here)
  • Stir-fried garlic lettuce from Epicurious (here)
  • Green salad with strawberries and goat cheese from Eating Well (here)
  • No-bread bacon, lettuce and tomato from Howard House (here)

Now how to segue from lettuce to an award? I’m flattered that Amy of Running Escapades nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award!

The One Lovely Blog Award is a “pay it forward” kind of way to recognize your favorite blogs. The rules are:

1. Post the award logo and picture on your blog and link back to the person who nominated you. Done.

2. Tell seven things about yourself. In no particular order:

  • I have five tattoos.
  • I was an extra in Mighty Ducks 3. I show up briefly in a cafeteria scene.
  • Pale and freckled though I am, my red hair isn’t from genes. Thanks, Clairol.
  • When I took my husband’s last name (Lynch), I thought my day of terrible misspellings (maiden name Neumeyer) were over. Not 3 weeks after we got married, I got mail addressed to Mrs. Katherine Lunch.
  • In college, I had three pet ferrets.
  • I’ve traveled to Europe & Canada several times, but haven’t been to S. America, Asia or other places yet.
  • I’m a lifelong morning person. I can’t remember the last time I slept past 6:30.

3. Nominate up to 15 additional bloggers who you think deserve the award. Again, no particular order:

4. Post a comment on the blog of each nominee to tell them him/her they have been nominated.

Thanks again, Amy!

2 comments

  1. AmyC says:

    I never would have suspected that your natural hair color isn’t red. Looks so good on you!

    I love salad, but oddly enough I don’t like lettuce on anything else – maybe because it’s warm? Weird, I know =)

  2. 5 tattoos, huh? Pretty cool. Thanks for the nomination. I am honored and a little scared. haha. I will get on this ASAP. Love your blog! xo

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