Romaine lettuce, also called long-leaved lettuce, is one of the most popular lettuces today.It is best known as the basic ingredient of the famous Caesar salad.
Romaine lettuce is characterized by long crunchy leaves.The outer ones are a bit bitter with a slightly nutty aftertaste, while those hidden inside are very delicate and a bit sweet.Together, they form quite compact heads.
This lettuce feels good with cheeses, especially blue cheeses, and mayonnaise-based sauces.Unlike many of its cousins, its leaves do not change texture and flavor when in contact with heavy dressings.
Romaine lettuce is mostly eaten raw. The exceptional strength of romaine lettuce leaves means that it can also be grilled and fried.
Grilled romaine lettuce is served drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. Romaine lettuce tastes great when fried in butter with a little garlic, sprinkled with roasted nuts or blue cheese.