May Is National Salad Month – A Lesson In Lettuce

16 May, 2010 (19:32)


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RECIPES:Rae’s Green Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, Black Bean Salad and Shredded Carrot Lettuce Wrap, Sweet and Sour Leafy Green Salad

BY Rae Udy

May in National Salad Month, according to United States Department of Agriculture, and the perfect time to enjoy the bounty of Spring.
The darker outer lettuce leaves are the most nutritious. Salad greens should never be stored near fruits that produce ethylene gases, like apples, because it will increase spoilage and cause brown spots on the lettuce.
Most dark greens used in salads are great sources of Vitamin C and A and are very low in calories. Free of fat and cholesterol, lettuce also supplies about four percent of DV needed for iron and dietary fiber in a one cup serving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, www. fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov, there are four main types of lettuce and in each group there are several different varieties.
The most common type is the Crisphead group. Iceberg lettuce in the best example. This group in known for its crisp texture, mild flavor and round, cabbage-like appearance.
The Romaine group provide a stronger taste as is the key ingredient in Caesar salads. This lettuce has a loaf-like shape with darker outer leaves.
Butterhead groups include Boston and Bibb varieties. These are loose heads that form small cups or rose shaped lettuce leaves.
Looseleaf lettuce doesn’t form lettuce heads and the leaves are joined at the stem. Red leaf, green leaf and oak leaf are good examples.
Arugula, endive, chicory, escarole, lamb’s lettuce and raddicchio are just a few of the many kinds of lettuce available all year long.
You could eat a different salad every day during National Salad Month and still have more to try. Here are a sample to get you started.

http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=14&tax_level=2&tax_subject=258&topic_id=1227
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/may.htm
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month/lettuce.html

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Comments

Comment from Jack Belling
Date: August 16, 2010, 6:34 am

The Sweet and Sour Leafy Green Salad sounds good. i think ill make that this week. Thanks

Comment from rae
Date: July 15, 2013, 2:25 pm

Thank you for your input and hope you like the salad, Rae

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