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Romaine Salad Alternatives

December 7, 2018

It looks like the romaine lettuce scare is nearing the end (thankfully!) but for anyone still taking preventative measures, you can't be too careful when it comes to salads. 

 

We've got a ton of alternatives to romaine lettuce to change up your salads and recipes. We've laid out the nutritional benefits and taste of each green so you can try them for yourself. Let us know if there are any suggestions you have! 

 

Kale

Kale is a great source of Vitamins A and C, and it can be served cold, or heated up to eliminate some of the bitterness. (Kale chips anyone??) 

We recommend using kale for salad recipes that call for some sweetness in them (think cranberries or apples) to contrast any bitter flavor. 

 

Click here for a warm kale salad with cranberry vinaigrette recipe. 

 

Spinach

In addition to Vitamins A and C, spinach is high in Vitamin K, folic acid, and iron. 

 

Spinach can be substituted into almost any romaine salad because it's very neutral in flavor. It also can be heated up and transformed into an entirely different dish! 

 

Click here for a baby spinach salad with maple balsamic vinaigrette recipe. 

 

Arugula 

There are only 5 calories in one cup of arugula! It's also got a nice amount of Vitamin K, making this green a great alternative to romaine. 

 

Like spinach, it's fairly neutral in flavor, so it can be swapped into a lot of recipes without a hitch. 

 

Click here for an arugula caprese salad with basil vinaigrette recipe. 

 

Spring Mix

Spring mix is the best of all worlds because it's a blend of a few different types of lettuce. 

Spring mix usually contains a combination of the following: butter lettuce, arugula, baby spinach, Lolla rossa, Tango lettuce (also called curled leaf lettuce), radicchio, and Tastsoi (sometimes called spinach mustard). 

 

We love spring mix because of the flavor and texture, and how easily it can be swapped into just about any salad. 

 

Click here for a spring mix salad recipe with blueberries, goat cheese, and walnuts. 

 

Iceberg

Iceberg isn't very rich in a lot of vitamins or minerals, but it is almost entirely composed of water- meaning that this is your best substitute if you're looking for something to replace the crunch of romaine. 

 

It also pairs well with Caesar or blue cheese dressing, so if you've been missing Caesar salads, let a wedge of iceberg take over for a bit! 

 

Click here for an iceberg wedge salad recipe. 

 

 

 

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