Food Cheat Sheet: Lettuce Varieties & Names

I love lettuce. I love salads… and though I do not love to cook, I do make a mean salad. However, I only know about three different lettuce varieties by name, and they include: Romaine, Iceberg and Spinach. With snazzy food packaging these days, luckily I don’t really have to know what each lettuce is specifically because I can just buy a bag of “Spring Mix” which contains all the pretty leaves I like to eat & call it a day. But while at a friend’s house last weekend, when I referred to my favorite lettuce variety as “the rooty one”, I thought it may be time to actually learn what each was. Because I’m a visual creature and you are too, I created this little lettuce variety cheat sheet to reference when I need to.

lettuce varieties with photos and names

* Put those Greens on Rotation has great info on why we should eat a varied plant based diet.

* Steamy Kithcen has all the info on each lettuce variety, if you’re interested {which is where I pulled the info and photos from – though I merged the two and matched up the names & created the imagery myself}

Happy Sunday!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Angela

    September 16, 2012 |

    Don’t forget kale! It’s delicious!

  • Katana Leigh

    September 16, 2012 |

    Fantastic cheat sheet – we were selling lettuce from our organic garden (the gardener stayed home at the farm/monastery) and it was hilarious when people would ask us what kind of lettuce it was … we needed this!! I am going to repost this with a link back to you.

  • Mawiyah

    September 16, 2012 |

    Yes – kale salad is my absolute fav! Nice list

  • Hannah Alyse

    September 16, 2012 |

    Love this! I am a huge fan of salad but I only use the spring mix when I want variety. Now I want to mix greens on my own 🙂 Thanks for the cheatsheet!

  • josephine

    September 17, 2012 |

    Kale is technically cabbage, but yes! Love it all

  • Erna

    September 17, 2012 |

    This is great! Thanks for the cheat sheet. I might just print it and bring with me to the wet market near my house in Singapore. They’ve got an amazing variety of veg and leafy greens but they don’t bother with signage, so I find it a bit daunting going shopping. Not any more!!

  • Alyson

    September 17, 2012 |

    Genius!! We’re HUGE arugula fans lately (top it over chicken with some shaved parm… amazing).

  • Alison Dulaney

    September 17, 2012 |

    What a great break-down very helpful!


  • Güler

    September 18, 2012 |

    great post!

    my DIYs —-> like plz:)

  • Cindy Lynn

    March 3, 2014 |

    This is just what I was looking for…thank you!

  • maitri

    March 24, 2014 |


    Great graphic, love it! so handy!
    Did you make the graphic? And if you did, would you be so awesome as to let us use this on our blog?

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