4 Dinners on the Dash: Bagged Lettuce

4 Dinners on the Dash: Bagged Lettuce

For quick and easy weeknight dinners, try these four recipes.

By: Marina Delio

Bagged lettuce is a convenient way to make a side salad, but it’s also a fresh way to create a complete meal on busy weeknights. With its refreshing crunch and versatility, lettuce can easily be the star of your dinner table. Keep reading for yummy ways to turn a bag of lettuce into a tasty dinner!

1. Warm Sub Sandwiches
Melted cheese, crusty bread and fresh vegetables come together to create the ultimate sub sandwich.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy

1 large baguette, or 4 sub rolls, halved lengthwise
1 (6 oz.) package sliced provolone cheese
1/2 (5 oz.) bag romaine lettuce, shredded
1/4 cup Italian vinaigrette
1/2 small sweet yellow onion, very thinly sliced
1 large tomato, sliced
1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
Sliced pickles
Preferred deli meat


  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. Place opened baguette or rolls on a cookie sheet and top one half with cheese
  3. Place under the broiler until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes
  4. Top bottom halves of bread with lettuce
  5. Drizzle lettuce with dressing and top with onion, tomato, avocado, pickles and any meat
  6. Place top piece of bread with melted cheese on top
  7. Add salami, prosciutto, leftover meatballs or cooked shredded chicken breast if desired

2. Chinese Chicken Salad
This salad is a kid favorite and a delicious one-bowl dinner.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy

1 (5 oz.) bag chopped iceberg or romaine lettuce (or sliced Napa cabbage)
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large cooked chicken breast, shredded
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup roasted cashews
1/2 cup chow mein noodles
Favorite store bought or homemade Asian salad dressing


  1. Place the lettuce, oranges, bell pepper, chicken and green onions in a large salad bowl
  2. Toss the salad with dressing to coat
  3. Top salad with cashews and chow mein noodles

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3. Caesar Wraps
Wraps turn salad into a hearty, portable meal. Customize these wraps by using your favorite protein. Leftover cooked chicken, shrimp, salmon or white beans all work well.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy

1 (5 oz.) bag romaine lettuce
1 1/2 cups shredded chicken, grilled shrimp or cooked white beans
Caesar salad dressing
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
4 large tortilla wraps


  1. Place lettuce and chicken, shrimp, or beans in a large bowl
  2. Toss salad with Caesar dressing to coat
  3. Place the prepared salad, avocado and cheese down the middle of the wraps
  4. Roll wraps and cut in half diagonally
  5. Serve immediately or wrap in foil and refrigerate until ready to eat

4. Tostadas
Pile crisp corn tortillas high with beans, veggies, crunchy romaine and guacamole for a healthy, family-friendly dinner in no time!

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy

4 corn tortillas
2 (15 oz.) cans pinto, refried, or black beans, drained and rinsed (unless using refried)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking spray
1/2 (5 oz.) bag favorite lettuce
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, divided
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 ripe avocadoes
1/2 shallot, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, crushed or minced
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F
  2. Coat both sides of tortillas with cooking spray and place on a cookie sheet
  3. Bake for 5 minutes per side, until crisp
  4. Place beans in a small saucepan over medium-low heat to warm
  5. Top each crisp tostada with beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes
  6. Drizzle olive oil and the juice from one of the limes over the top
  7. To make guacamole — in a small bowl, mash the avocadoes with the shallot, garlic, juice of one lime, and salt and pepper to taste
  8. Top the tostadas with guacamole and serve immediately

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