These strong peppery greens can stand up to bold salad dressings—best drizzled on just before serving to avoid wilting.
Find the best type of lettuce for your salad.
With all of the different varieties of lettuce to choose from, you may not know which option is best for your recipe. Use our guide to learn the texture and flavor of different types to help you choose the best variety of lettuce for your salad. If you are looking for a green that will stand up to a bold salad dressing, arugula may be the best option. If you want a sweeter flavor, tender baby spinach may be the perfect base for your salad. Kale is the lettuce of choice for our Chopped Kale and Bacon Salad, but Bibb lettuce is a better fit for our Raspberry and Fig Salad.
A member of the cabbage family, kale has a slightly bitter flavor and hearty texture. Remove the fibrous center rib; it's tough to eat.
These greens are harvested before they are fully grown, so they have a tender texture and slightly sweet flavor.
These long lettuce leaves are crisp and slightly bitter. Their sturdy texture is a good match for thick salad dressings.
These soft, ruffled leaves look pretty in a salad and have a delicate, buttery flavor that works best with bright, fruity ingredients.