Help! Ways to Use Lettuce Besides Salads and Sandwiches?

We wanted to bring you a Top 5 for this post, but we weren't having a lot of success finding inventive recipes for using lettuce amidst the typical ones for salads and sandwiches.

So we thought we'd turn to you for inspiration! Do you have any crafty ways to use those tender lettuce leaves in the kitchen?

Here are a few tasty-looking recipes from around the web that we did find:

Lettuce-Buttermilk Soup from Hobby Farms
Braised Lettuce with Peas and Lemon from Recipezaar
Zucchini and Braised Lettuce Tart with Tapenade from A Mingling of Tastes
Pan-Asian Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Wraps from Epicurious
Lettuce-Wrapped Fish from the Minimalist

Not that we have anything against salads and sandwiches! In fact, we're starting to wonder if those are simply the best way to highlight fresh summer lettuce. There's nothing we crave more on a humid July evening than BLT's and an ice-cold root beer, after all.

Still, one can never have too many alternatives! What are yours?

Related: Good Eats: Little Gems Lettuce

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