Varieties of Salads

Here is a quick referrence list of the many varieties of salads: (JavaScript: Print This Page)

Arugula otherwise known as Rocket, is a green leaf with a truly distinctive flavor, somewhat bitter and just a tad bitey. It has been enjoyed by people since before the legionnaires of ancient Rome marched out to conquer the known world and it is still a great favorite throughout Italy where it is enjoyed both hot and cold.

Baby Field Greens a mixture of several baby leaves of various salad greens available prepackaged at your grocers and in bulk at some health food stores.

Baby Spinach baby leaves of tender plants pre-packaged at your Supermarket.

Belgian Endive a spear-like salad ingredient of white flesh shading to a pale yellow green somewhat bitter in flavor. Is a wonderful addition to mixed salad greens when cut up, works well as a bed for main dish salads or used as a scoop with a dip.

Bib, Boston or Butter Lettuce is a tender plant with large leafy heads and an even green coloring. When the stalk is scratched it will indicate its flavor - a sweet or bitter smell means sweet or bitter flavor. Great for sandwiches, it is often used in salads or as a bed for other salads.

Fiddlehead Ferns a curly spring green with firm unfurled leaves. Found only in early spring. Tender when only a few centimeters long. Once they begin to unfurl their leaves they are no longer edible.

Frisee is a curly lettuce with firm leaves. The plant has a white stem long narrow leaves the edges of which are deeply feathered with curling tips which shade to green or red.

Green Leaf a tender leafy plant with green leaves

Iceberg or Millefleur is a head lettuce made up of crisp overlapping leaves, which are slightly looser near the exterior and progressively tighter towards the heart. Iceberg lettuce looks like a large light green cabbage, becoming increasingly pale towards the center.

Radicchio a crisp red salad ingredient from the cabbage family

Red Leaf tender leafy lettuce with leaves that shade from dark green to red.

Rocket -- see Arugula

Romaine a more crisp and sturdy leafed lettuce

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