This vegetable, though not very nutritious, is digestible unless the dressing with which it is served is unwholesome. The practise of serving lettuce with vinegar is not to be countenanced by those who wish to be hygienic, as the effect of vinegar upon the digestive organs is very bad. It hinders the digestion of starch, irritates the stomach, and causes the starch to ferment. When lettuce is served with a simple and healthful dressing, it is not objectionable.
Take very tender lettuce that is perfectly fresh, wash well, and tear the leaves into small pieces. Put into a dish and pour over it the following : 1 cup of cold water, 1 teaspoon-ful of peanut butter, 1 tablespoonful of sugar, and 1/4 tea-spoonful of vanilla or any seasoning desired. Dissolve the butter in the water, adding only a little at a time. Then add the sugar and vanilla. Serve cold.
Select tender, crisp lettuce, tear into pieces, and place on a plate or a shallow platter. Pour over the lettuce a dressing made as follows: 2 tablespoonfuls of nut butter rubbed smooth in § cup of water, 2 tablespoonfuls of lemon-juice, 1 teaspoonful of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoonful of salt. Boil together a moment, and cool.