Sauteed Lettuce Recipe – How To Use Up Leftover Lettuce Mix

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If you are wondering how to use up your leftover lettuce mix, try out this sautéed lettuce recipe! Just throw the lettuce in a frying pan with some oil and spices and it will cook up into a delicious and nutritious healthy side dish!

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Sautéed Lettuce

You can use any type of salad greens for this recipe that you happen to have in your fridge: romaine, spring mix, iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, you name it – it will work with all types of lettuce! Super easy recipe, you’ll love it! It will taste similar to sautéed spinach!

It’s a great way to use up any leftover lettuce when you are tired of eating salad or just have too much left to eat before it expires.

This is a healthy and fast side dish that will go with any number of main dishes, such as chicken, pasta, or rice and beans!

plate of sauteed lettuce

Health Benefits of Lettuce

The health benefits of lettuce varies depending on the type of lettuce, based on its nutritional content. Iceberg lettuce contains the lowest amount of nutrients, however.
One of the benefits from lettuce is Vitamin K, which helps to strengthen your bones! Another significant nutrient is Vitamin A, which can promote eye health and reduce risk of cataracts. In addition, lettuce contains small amounts of Vitamin C and iron.
Furthermore, raw lettuce is made up of over 95% water! This means that lettuce is very good for hydration and thus helps to hydrate your body.

fork picking up sauteed lettuce from a plate

How to Prepare Sautéed Lettuce

First take a frying pan and pour in some olive oil. You can use as much or as little oil as you like. If using a non-stick skillet you won’t really need any, but it adds a nice flavor.

Then turn the heat on high and add the lettuce to the frying pan altogether or as much as you would like. It will cook down quite a bit so feel free to use a lot!

Then add your seasonings. I used salt, garlic powder, and some red pepper flakes for spice. You can use black pepper if you prefer. The seasonings are up to you, use your favorites!

When you hear the oil start to sizzle, turn the heat down to medium-high. Stir to combine using a spatula or wooden spoon.

Continue to cook for about 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

When it is shrunk and cooked, turn off the heat. Transfer to a serving plate and serve warm. Add any additional seasonings as desired. Yum!

Enjoy!

close up of fork holding sauteed lettuce on plate

What to Serve with Sautéed Lettuce

You can serve this sautéed lettuce with a wide range of dishes to add some greens to your plate. It would go well with ant kind of meat dish, vegetarian main, or even pasta. Check out a few ideas below!

mixed lettuce in a frying pan

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Sautéed Lettuce Recipe

If you are wondering how to use up your leftover lettuce mix, try out this sautéed lettuce recipe! Just throw the lettuce in a frying pan with some oil and spices and it will cook up into a delicious and nutritious healthy side dish!
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lettuce
Cooking Method: sauteed
Servings: 1
Calories: 82kcal

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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • With the frying pan on the stove, turn it to high heat and pour in some olive oil as desired.
  • Add in the lettuce mix.
  • Season with spices according to desired amount. I used salt, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Let oil come to a sizzle and then lower heat to medium-high.
  • Continue cooking for about 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
  • When done, the lettuce will have shrunk significantly.
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Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 712IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Marcelino
    Marcelino says:

    5 stars
    Wow, this recipe is something I am going to try at all costs. I am in a weight management study and Lettuce/greens are encouraged, but I get bored every now and then with Lettuce so this recipe will do me some good as I love Sauteed veggies. AWESOME SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUCE!!!! Thank you for this recipe Melanie, :)

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