You don't need a recipe to figure out how to use lettuce in a salad. In the late spring or early summer, though, you might find yourself with more lettuce than you need, especially if you belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm or are a gardener yourself. Here are four creative ways to use your surplus of lettuce, starting with the refreshing Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup shown above.
Chinese-Style Stir-Fried Lettuce is an easy stir-fry and a good way to use lots of this tender leafy green, whether excess or not. It’s best to use crisp lettuce like romaine for this one.
Blackberry Lettuce Smoothie offers an offbeat combination of lettuce and berries. The color of the berries stands out, but there's a whole lot of lettuce in this invigorating beverage.
In Spicy Tofu Triangles on a Cool Bed of Lettuce, the contrast of warm, spicy triangles of pan-browned tofu with cool, crisp lettuce is quite enticing.