No More Iceberg! One Treasure Valley Restaurant Drops It.
Poor iceberg lettuce. It tried to be healthy but it's just not measuring up, and now it's being dropped like a hot potato from restaurant menus.
Don't go looking for it at this fast food joint at The Village at Meridian or on South Broadway in Boise. What will you find instead?
Chick-fil-A says they don't serve iceberg lettuce because of the lack of nutritional value, and they've replaced it with healthier options like dark greens that are on the list of superfoods.
(Drinking a glass of water and eating a head of iceberg are close to the same thing on the nutritional spectrum. Lots of liquid and no vitamins. So if you're thirsty, eat iceberg!)
In the meat-and-potato land of Nebraska where I grew up, we thought eating iceberg lettuce was such a healthy thing to do. An iceberg wedge with a little Dorothy Lynch dressing was all we needed to think we were really getting our veggies, and keeping pace with the diets of Olympic athletes. Riiiight.
And then the super food revolution happened, and we all figured out that iceberg lettuce has very little, if any, nutritional value. At home and at restaurants, suddenly iceberg was replaced on the plate with spring mixes, spinach leaves, kale, and radicchio. That's what Chick-fil-A is doing. There's big demand now across the country for healthy options, and Chick-fil-A says it's responding to customers' needs.
As long as they keep cranking out the waffle fries, parents and kids will both be happy.