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    Most nutritious lettuces for salad?

    I've been enjoying the benefits of a BAS for lunch, and was wondering what some of the most nutritious types of lettuce are. Today's salad had a base of Boston lettuce, butter lettuce, napa cabbage, and red cabbage. Which of those are good to make regular salad bases, and which should I add to improve the nutrition of the salad?

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    I'm interested in this too...my base is always green leaf, red leaf, spinach, arugula. I've never done the cabbage, I'll have to try it.
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    I personally usually enjoy a spring mix. These usually have a variety of 10 different greens. This is the best way to get as much nutrition as possible from a salad.
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    baby spinach is my go-to, it's nice and chewy and nutritious. Lamb's lettuce (mache?) is great when you can get it.

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    i love red leaf, it has a meaty bite to it

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    Lettuce is nutritionally poor, I generally go for cabbage with big dark green leaves which can also be used as wraps. Spinach is obviously awesome
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    I love those big containers of spring mix that you can get at various stores, including Costco, that have about 5 varieties of dark lettuce in them. There's a whole section in Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma about how those are grown and packaged. Not very energy efficient, but they ARE grown organically.

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    That would be potatos.

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    Darth is in a mood I see....

    I think anything that isn't iceberg is good. I go by color, the darker the color the better. At the farmers market I pick up a blend that has mustard greens in it that is soooo good on its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dosenberry View Post
    I personally usually enjoy a spring mix. These usually have a variety of 10 different greens. This is the best way to get as much nutrition as possible from a salad.
    I agree...the "Spring Mix" is probably your best bet. It contains a great variety of light and dark green leaves, with some purple and reds tossed in as well. You could add in some baby spinach leaves...which are great nutritionally as well...but some brands already have these mixed in.

    Also, as another responder to this post mentioned, you can get large containers of these almost anywhere these days at a good value.
    Last edited by Phil-SC; 06-20-2010 at 09:02 AM.

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