With its myriad shapes, and endless varieties, lettuce is such a great green that there is no need to simply allow yourself to be content with the tip of the iceberg.
Not that iceberg lettuce is not a staple of contemporary cuisine—it is—but farm-fresh lettuces sourced from your local market can include Boston bibb, red leaf, green leaf, and butter, so why not start by trying each and every one before turning your attention to romaine? Your salad spinner will be working overtime since you can also enjoy the wide range of prepackaged mixes and blends, meaning that the fantastic combinations of this seemingly simple green are in fact only limited by your imagination.
Simply put, focus on the lettuces that are readily available, fresh, and easy to find at one of your local markets, then use them as the basis for great recipes. These might include an easy, one-dish dinner like our Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad, or a beautiful side dish for a family get-together like our Italian House Salad. It’ll be the salad days of summer when you enjoy all these greens have to offer, so get ready to chip away at the iceberg of vegetables.