Iceberg Lettuce tends to be infested with insects. Please see “Special inspections” below on how to check the leaves for insect infestation.
Orange-Plum Sauce (recipe follows)
3 whole chicken breast, skinned and boned
3 tablespoons Soy Sauce, divided
4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
1/4 cup water
3 to 4 tablespoons oil, divided
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
8 large iceberg lettuce leaves
Prepare Orange-Plum Sauce; cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, dice chicken breast. Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 3 teaspoons cornstarch in small bowl; stir in chicken. Let stand 10 minutes. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon cornstarch and water; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in hot wok or large skillet over high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry 2 minutes; remove. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add carrots and stir-fry 1 minute. Add celery, onion and ginger; stir-fry 2 minutes longer. Stir in chicken and soy sauce mixture. Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens. To serve, spread about 1 teaspoons Orange-Plum Sauce in center of each lettuce leaf. Fill each leaf with about 1/4 cup chicken mixture; fold lettuce around filling to enclose.
Iceberg Lettuce and Insect Infestation:
Two methods have been developed for the inspection of iceberg lettuce:
1. Detach the loose leaves (‘‘wrapper leaves’’) and discard.
2. Core the lettuce and split the head in half, allowing the leaves to be
peeled away more easily.
3. Peel the four outermost layers (approximately eight leaves, not including
‘‘wrapper’’ leaves) off the head.
4. Carefully check these eight leaves. The most practical way to check is
to hold the leaf in front of direct light. Because the leaf is translucent
and the bugs are not, the bugs are accentuated and easily detected.
Check both sides of each leaf.
5. If no insects are found on these eight leaves, these leaves, as well as the
remaining leaves of the head, may be used without further checking. It
is recommended, but not required, that the remaining leaves be washed before
6. If three or more insects are found on the first eight leaves, the remaining
leaves must be washed and checked prior to use.
After completing steps 1–3 above, discard the outermost eight leaves. The
remaining portion of the head may then be used without further checking.
It is recommended, but not required, that these remaining leaves be washed before
When shredded lettuce is desired for use in any type of salad, and
lettuce quarters need to remain tightly packed, this alternate method is
recommended. The outer leaves of the quarter sections may be removed,
checked and replaced before shredding.
Lettuce, Open Leaf