Look below to find more info about romaine lettuce including: health benefits, how to store, general cooking tips and lettuce recipes.

Health Benefits to Romaine Lettuce:

  • Excellent source of vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting. 
  • Excellent source of vitamin A, which helps keep our bodies healthy and helps our vision.
  • Excellent source of folate, which helps our heart, brain and nervous system. Additionally, folate is especially important for women who are pregnant.

How to Store Romaine Lettuce:

  • Store unwashed lettuce in bag for up to 10 days in fridge.
  • If you wash and dry lettuce, it will only last 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • If cooked, store lettuce in a closed container in the fridge for up to a week.

Romaine Lettuce Tips:

  • Before washing lettuce thoroughly in water, separate each leaf from the stem. The middle of the head, called the “heart,” has the most tender leaves.
  • You can cut romaine lettuce in ribbons without lettuce it turning brown.
  • Use whole leaves as shells for your favorite tacos or stir-fry veggies.

This Korean stir-fry has been around for thousands of years and is one of Korea’s most classic meals. The complete meal includes seasoned mixed veggies (usually spinach, mushrooms, bean sprouts, carrots and lettuce), rice and a cooked egg.

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Bibimbap (Korean Rice Dish)

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This stir-fry can be easily adapted for any veggies you have on hand. 

  • 1 Tbl oil
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ Tbl low-sodium soy sauce
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 fried egg (optional)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 Tbl chili sauce (optional)
  • Juice of a lime (optional)
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add lettuce and cook for an additional   1 to 2 minutes, just until wilted.
  2. Add soy sauce and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place cooked rice in a bowl. Top with cooked vegetables and fried egg. Serve with squeeze of lime juice, green onions, and chili sauce.

Makes 4 servings

This Appalachian and southern US lettuce dish, traditionally called “killed” or “kilt” lettuce, is wilted lettuce cooked bacon drippings and vinegar. In the South, it is typically served with beans and cornbread.

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Braised Romaine Lettuce with Bacon

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Perfect side dish to baked chicken or pork.

  • 3 slices bacon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs (thyme, parsley or basil)
  • 1 Tbl lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • Hot pepper flakes to taste
  1. Add cubed bacon to pan and cook until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from pan.
  2. Add onions and garlic to pan. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add lettuce to pan and continue cooking for 5-7 minutes or until the leaves begin to wilt.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and reduce temperature to low.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes or until the lettuce is tender, then add bacon back into the pan. Enjoy over rice or noodles!

Microwave Instructions:

  1. Cook bacon on paper towel in microwave according to package directions.
  2. Add all ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 5 minutes or until the lettuce is soft. Serve over rice or noodles.

Makes 6 servings