We have all encountered limp lettuce in the back of our fridge, or have bought bags of salad greens that 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 lettuce head 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 is not just the base for salads: here are some great ways to see your greens in a new light.
1. Braise Lettuce
Romaine is a great substitute for cabbage in cooked dishes, as lettuce can readily absorb flavours.
2. Use In Place Of A Wrap
Bun-less burgers and lettuce wraps are just the start. Be creative with Asian-inspired fillings, taco or fajita fillings, chicken nuggets or anything else you want to wrap in carb-free goodness.
4. Pickle It
If your lettuce hasn’t wilted yet, you can pickle it. The tangy flavour of pickled lettuce makes a great side dish or addition to sandwiches and salads.
5. Juice It
Sneak a few leaves into your homemade juice. We like the combo of romaine, lemon, apple and ginger, but you can experiment with any fruits and veggies you have on hand.
Did You Know?
Lettuce is one of the most commonly wasted foods in Canada, with households throwing out 470,000 heads of lettuce every day.