How to prepare a lettuce

How to prepare a lettuce
It is much more economical to buy a whole lettuce than separate leaves in a plastic packet. And it's so simple to prepare - you can see how here.
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Last modified on: April 17th 2011

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  • 1 lettuce 1 lettuce
  • 2 white (spirit) vinegar 1 tablespoon white (spirit) vinegar
  • Total weight: 315 grams

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationRestingStart to finish
18 min.10 min.28 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 1 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
Stand the lettuce with the stalk upwards.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
Pull off any damaged leaves and discard.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
Lie the lettuce on its side and cut off the stalk.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
You can trim off the stiff white part at the base of the leaves if you want a more tender lettuce.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
Try to keep the "heart" of lettuce, kids love to find it in their plates.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
Put the lettuce leaves in a large container of water that is not too cold (more efficient at removing any earth), adding 1 tablespoon white (spirit) vinegar.

Leave the leaves to soak for 10 minutes or so to wash them.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
After this, "play the spider", which means remove the leaves from the water by lifting them out with your hands. This leaves any dirt at the bottom undisturbed.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
How to prepare a lettuce
Put the leavves in a salad spinner and give them a good whirl.

Stage 9
How to prepare a lettuce
Your lettuce is ready.
The simplest way to dress a salad? A good vinaigrette and a few chopped herbs. There's nothing better before all that lovely French cheese arrives on the table !
A few days in the fridge in a bowl covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
33 Kcal or 138 Kj3 gr4 gr1 gr
2 %1 %<1 %<1 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
11 Kcal or 46 Kj1 gr1 gr< 1 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Sulfites
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This recipe uses (among others)
White (spirit) vinegarWhite (spirit) vinegar: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Beurre blanc sauce, Fish petals, vegetables julienne, and beurre blanc, Sautéed chicken with leeks, How to prepare romanesco, Caesar salad, ... All
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