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Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Iceberg Lettuce Substitute

This is one of those posts where half of you will say, “Uh, duh, Jane!” and the other half of you will say, “Duh! Why haven’t I thought of this before?” For those of you in category 1, just move on and have a lovely, iceberg lettuce-free day. For those of you in category 2, I’m glad I’m not alone. Okay, so, let’s move on with the issue at hand, shall we?

simple iceberg lettuce substitute from @janemaynard

Iceberg lettuce. I pretty much hate it. I loved it as a kid and, with every year I walk on this earth, I like the stuff less and less. I think it tastes like water and it isn’t as nutrient rich as other lettuces and greens, so what’s the point? It’s only positive attribute is the texture. Sometimes you just need the extra crunch that iceberg lettuce can provide.

Well, yesterday, I was making myself a turkey sandwich on a roll leftover from our dinner ofย sausage subs. The roll reminded me of this place (Nielsen’s Frozen Custard in Utah) that makes a simple turkey sandwich that sometimes just hits the spot. I wanted to replicate the sandwich but needed iceberg lettuce, which I did not have because, well, I never buy it unless I have to. I did, however,ย have a head of romaine lettuce.

simple iceberg lettuce substitute from @janemaynard

So, I grabbed my knife and sliced the romaine nice and skinny, just like I would have with iceberg. Sure, it’s not quite as crunchy as iceberg, but it has a good balance of leafy and crunchy to fit the bill. It worked like a charm on my sandwich. It would also be perfect on tacos and other foods where you often find iceberg lettuce lurking.

There you have it. Romaine is now my iceberg lettuce substitute. It’s healthier and tastes better. And it’s got a good bite. Life is good. Adios, iceberg. It’s been nice known’ ya.


  1. 1

    I use fresh baby spinach in place of just about any other lettuce. Much better for me and I like the taste. Romaine is great too! Or green leaf!!

    • Jane Maynard

      I sneak spinach everywhere I can, too! sometimes I can even sneak it by my kids…not always, but often enough! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2

    Definitely not gonna say “duh”…but, this is what we do at our house also. I like it cut specifically this way because it looks like traditional lettuce that we all grew up eating. Happy eating! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 3

    Great idea! I buy bags of coleslaw mix (mix of red and white cabbage, with carrots), and use that in place of lettuce for a nice crunchy salad mix that is very satisfying.

  4. 4

    I don’t like iceberg much either; I would always prefer green or red leaf lettuce or romaine or baby spinach. Love my spinach!

  5. 5
    Megan Flowers

    Something weird happened and in the past couple if years, iceberg and sometimes romaine give me indigestion. It’s not really bad, but it can be unpleasant. Sprouts or micro can be also be a nice sub, but it’s not the same. Like a BLT Sandwich, it has to have iceberg and mayo. Sorry, I don’t know why I felt the need to share that!

  6. I have started using savoy cabbage instead of lettuce as it keeps longer in the fridge but still have a really great crunch!

  7. 7

    Hi Jane I made your Island Pork and Sticky Coconut Rice last night. My family loved it and were still talking about it this morning! Thanks.

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m so glad you all loved it, chris! it wis one of our favorites for sure, too! in fact, I think I’ll throw it on the menu this coming week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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