If you have ever eaten out at a restaurant and were served a salad, then you probably know all about this leafy green. Growing up, I was never one for salads. Whenever we would eat out, I always ordered the coleslaw, and I would never opt in for the salad at home if it was provided. Over the course of the last couple years though, that has all changed. Ever since I stayed at my aunt’s house for a bit, I now eat a nice salad with every meal. It seems like everyone loves to bash iceberg lettuce, I have to admit that there are healthier greens in the produce section, but it does contain some nutrients and it has its benefits!
Did you know that one cup of iceberg lettuce contains 53% of your vitamin A needs? Besides being a great source of vitamin A, this popular green also contains fiber, vitamin K and C. It also has great water content, which is perfect for those hot summer days when you may be slightly dehydrated. Of course the greener varieties of lettuce provide a better mix of vitamins and minerals, but we can’t deny the fact that iceberg lettuce is still the most popular choice for salads and sandwiches; probably because of its compact heads, crisp texture and semi-sweet flavor.
When it comes to salads, I have somewhat strange eating habits. While most people will start their meal with a salad, I prefer to finish with a salad. I have never been too keen on deserts, so a salad will suffice most days of the week. Also, I only like a little bit of dressing. My sister loves to have a bit of lettuce with her ½ cup of ranch dressing, I find that utterly disgusting and might be the reason why I only put enough to cover my greens.
So what would you say is your favorite condiment for salads? As much as I enjoy sweet vinaigrette, I love sprinkling shredded cheese on top. A salad is only as boring as your imagination, so I hope you never get tired of those tasty greens!
Till next time,