The maligned iceberg lettuce
I feel bad for iceberg lettuce. It gets such bad press! A lot of people suggest that it's watery, flavourless and pointless.
Personally, I love it! It's a perfect salad leaf, in that it's crunchy and robust enough to hold a decent dressing and soft enough to nestle down into the salad bowl properly. The little folds and wrinkles hold delicious pockets of dressing, a whole leaf can make a fresh and crispy wrap, a wedge makes a salad with a geometric fashion statement...not to mention the fact that it keeps for a long time in the fridge. And it has a cool name. What's not to like?!
My fave applications are thinly slivered as a chilled side to a bowl of chili, and diced into inch-thick chunks for a mustardy croutonny salad. Who else out there is a devoted fan of the iceberg? And if so, what do you love to do with it most?