I love all things lettuce, it is my favorite thing to buy at the store and it is one of the few things I really miss right away when we run out. I buy lettuce by the bunch because it is much more affordable and because the lettuce lasts longer when the leaves are left whole. Another benefit to not shredding or tearing the lettuce into pieces is that we always have them available for sandwiches or burgers. I usually wash 2-3 bunches at a time, if spinach is on sale I will mix in some of that as well. I let them sit in a large bowl with water to make sure that they are clean and then fry them out in the lettuce spinner in batches. Once dry I keep them in this large rubber maid container that could probably fit a pair of boots, I put a piece of paper towel on the bottom and then one on the top and it’s good to go for at least a week depending on the amount of moisture trapped. We go through 3 bunches or so of lettuce a week, which is about 16-18 cups of lettuce and costs us under $3.
There are a few different types of salads that I typically make but this one is by far my favorite. The first time I ever had a version of this salad I was at a business workshop in high school and they served it with lunch each day, I was hooked from the start. Over the years I have tried to recreate it but it always seemed like something was missing then one day I combined all the ingredients listed in this recipe and it was like magic. I now eat this salad at least 3 times a week if not more, typically I hate eating the same foods over and over but this salad is truly the one exception. I change it up by adding sliced granny smith apple or pear to it and if I want protein I throw on some tuna or chicken. If you have never had fruit on a salad before you really should try it.
Tear the lettuce into pieces and pile on your plate, add the toppings followed by the dressing and enjoy!
Much Love, Aislinn and Emily