Nutrition Profile

  • Red leaf lettuce provides an:
  • Excellent source of vitamin K
  • Good source of vitamin A
  • Anthocyanins, lutein and zeaxanthin
Nutrition label for red leaf lettuce
photo of red leaf lettuce in field

Growing Information

Red leaf lettuce takes from 65 to 80 days to grow from seed to maturity when planted in mid-summer, but can take as long as 130 days when planted in the fall or winter. It is primarily harvested by hand and placed into cartons in the field for bulk sale. It can also be harvested into bins or totes and sent to processing facilities for packaging as part of a salad mix.

Usage Ideas

There is nothing better than a big salad with leafy greens and plenty of red leaf lettuce.

Mixed greens salad

Mix a big bowl of your favorites, add a variety of items such as tomatoes, radishes, kidney beans, peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, olives . . . anything you like. Toss with a zesty Italian dressing.