What are alternatives to iceberg lettuce?

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I hate iceberg lettuce. What are alternatives in salads and other foods?

Iceberg is nice and refreshing but it doesn’t have the nutritional food value or the flavour of other leaf alternatives that you can use when you make a salad. Iceberg lettuce is a crisphead type of lettuce. They are paler in colour and have a higher water content. They grow in a tight bunch that has to be peeled apart much like a cabbage. One of my favourite salad leaf choices is fresh baby spinach leaves. The flavour is much richer but not overwhelming. Health wise, fresh baby spinach leaves are packed with vitamins and are much better for you than iceberg. There are a number of other leaf lettuce choices that will offer you better flavor, different textures and more nutritional value than iceberg lettuce does. Butter head lettuces usually have a smaller leaf and a milder more buttery flavour. Romaine lettuce varieties have long leaves that grow in a tall bunch but they are not as tightly packed as the crisphead type, like iceberg. They have rigid leaves and have a lot of flavour. You can get another clue to the nutritional value by comparing them lettuce varieties and the baby spinach leaves visually. Iceberg is very pale and watery green looking. The richer more flavourful and healthier choices have stronger colours ranging from deep greens to red mixtures. A mixture of some of the various options is another salad choice, By mixing them there is a richer variety of flavours and textures. It makes salads and other foods like sandwiches taste a lot better. Experiment and see which varieties you like best with each food choice. Mama Nono

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