Salads are the healthiest item one can consume in a day. They are not only low in fats that keep your calorie count in balance but also are rich in vitamins and proteins that help you stay fit. If you are trying to lose weight salads are the best diet for you. They make you feel full as well as do not increase your weight too. Green salads that contain lettuce and vegetables are the most beneficial of all. To add taste to the salads and spice up your dish in a healthy way you can add a little dressing to it. There are numerous options that are available for dressings the most simple of them all is the oil and vinegar dressing. So before you do ordering your Hellofresh recipe box, you might want to know the basics of a salad…
The leaves taste like pepper and the flower of the plant can also be consumed.
9. Boston Lettuce
It grows loosely and is green in colour. The outer leaves are dark green and soft compared to the lighter and tender inner ones. It tastes very light.
Chicory is small curly edged, kind of spiky leaves and has a bitter taste that is not so unpleasant and makes the leaf edible. One can add it to salads with other lettuces that have very light tastes like green lettuce.
Watercress is small flat leaves that are deep green in colour. The stem of the leaves are a little tough and it is better to discard them before adding the leaves to the salad. The leaves have a pepper-like taste and can be used in sandwiches or salads that contain citrus fruits.
Endive falls in the same family as chicory and is a very close cousin of the same. They taste less bitter taste than it and can actually add a different taste to your dish. They are also best when used sparingly with other lighter-tasting lettuce leaves.
Escarole generally has large leaves with a head that spreads out widely. The ribs at the base are also wide. The outer portion of it is very tough and is discarded before use. They are delectable until not overcooked. They are at their best when added to apples or nuts.
4. Romaine Lettuce
It is also a very popular form of lettuce. The romaine lettuce is crispy green-coloured leaves. One needs to cut them into smaller pieces before adding them to the dish. They taste delicious especially with oil dressings.
3. Red Leaf Lettuce
The red leaf lettuce grows as loose leaves and cannot be kept for long. What makes them interesting is their red leaves that add colour and flavour to the salads. The different colours in the salads can make you feel hungry.
2. Garden Lettuce
It is also referred to as leaf lettuce. They generally grow as loose curly leaves. However, one cannot store them for long. They need to be used as soon as possible after picking or else must be stored in refrigerators for later use.
1. Iceberg Lettuce
This is the most popular kind of lettuce and is liked by all. Iceberg lettuce is widely used in different salads, sandwiches and sometimes in burgers as well. It grows in a crisp tight head. One can store them in the refrigerator for later use. They have a mild flavour. One can use them to make salads or instead can use them as a base for other salads. It is used for salad decoration as well for the presentation.
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