In addition to being the punchline of a joke, lettuce is also the main ingredient in many salads. Summertime salads can be found accompanying the main entry of grilled meat at a barbeque. Today we have some fun facts about lettuce, plus some summer salad recipes.
Lettuce is leafy vegetable that belongs to the sunflower family. It originates from Mediterranean region, but it can be found around the world today.
Around 23 million metric tons of lettuce are produced and consumed each year. That’s about 30 pounds of lettuce per person, per year.
Lettuce can be cultivated in the ground or in the water (a method of cultivation called hydroponics, where plants grow from a nutritious water solution).
Some varieties of lettuce produce yellow, golden, reddish, bluish or variegated (multicolored) leaves.
And now for some salad recipes, starting with a salad that could be called “BLT Salad.”
Romaine Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon
(Recipe by Sara Quessenberry)
4 slices bacon
1 head romaine lettuce, torn or cut into strips (6 cups)
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
4 scallions, sliced
4 to 6 tablespoons Creamy Parmesan Dressing or bottled Caesar dressing
In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Break into pieces when cool.
In a large bowl, toss the lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, and bacon with the dressing.
We also loved the salads we found on the Cutestuff Cooks blog, which include a seven-layer salad featuring a base of lettuce, a spinach-and-strawberry salad with a poppy-seed dressing, and a potato salad, which goes perfectly with hamburgers and brats. Our favorite one was the cookie salad, because who knew a salad can double as a dessert!
Try a couple of these salads at your Memorial Day BBQ, and put the grills at your Fiduciary Development property to work!