French Salad Recipes with Live Gourmet Lettuces and Leafy Greens

April 18, 2014 | post a comment


We love France for its culture, its art, and our favorite – the food! In celebration of everything French, lettuce share some easy-to-make French salads with you. Feel free to enjoy them as a side salad while drinking a glass of wine. And like they say it in France, bon appétit!

Endive and Upland Cress Salad with Apples and Herbs

Endive and Upland Cress Salad with Apples and Herbs. Photo via Fine Cooking.

Endive and Upland Cress Salad with Apples and Herbs. Photo via Fine Cooking.

Doesn’t this salad look good? It contains apples, fresh tarragon, toasted almonds and endives – just to name a few. The recipe calls for watercress, but we recommend substituting it for our living upland cress instead, which was has been certified as an antioxidant superfood. To get the full recipe, visit:

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Aged Gouda and Hazelnuts

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Aged Gouda and Hazelnuts

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Aged Gouda and Hazelnuts. Photo via Fine Cooking.

This salad can be made as a complete meal simply by adding seared chicken breast to it. The vinaigrette in this recipe can be refrigerated for up to three days so feel free to devour the leftovers. If you have any, of course. We recommend adding our living red butter lettuce to it for extra flavor. You can get the complete recipe on Fine Cooking:

Garden Lettuces with Baked Goat Cheese

Garden Lettuces with Baked Goat Cheese

Garden Lettuces with Baked Goat Cheese. Photo via Fine Cooking.

Baked goat cheese. Need we say more? This salad calls for baked goat cheese with a fresh vinaigrette. We like the thyme and marjoram in the vinaigrette – so aromatic.  The recipe calls for different types of lettuces, so make sure to include Live Gourmet’s Living  Butter Lettuce as well. This French salad can be found here:

Thank you to Fine Cooking for the great French inspirations! And to all of the foodies out there, make sure you send us your Live Gourmet salad creations to our Instagram by using the hashtag #livegourmet. While you’re at it, follow us on Instagram: @livegourmet

Au revoir!

Labels: Butter Lettuce, Butter Lettuce Recipes, Upland Cress Recipes

Live Gourmet and Grower Pete’s Products are Antioxidant-Rich Superfoods Certified

April 8, 2014 | post a comment

live gourmet living upland cressOur Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress have been certified as antioxidant-rich superfoods. According to a recent press release; Live Gourmet’s Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic Watercress Earn Third-Party Certification as Antioxidant Superfoods, this certification was based on a laboratory analysis of the antioxidants levels, especially lutein, an antioxidant known to fight cancer-causing free radical compounds. Lutein, which is also found in leafy greens such as spinach and kale, has also been found to support eye health and vision, according to researchers at the American Optometric Association.

grower petes organic living watercressBags of Living Upland Cress and Organic Living Watercress will now feature the antioxidant superfood certification label from SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party certifier of food quality and safety.

Our produce are grown in Hollandia’s state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouses that control for light, temperature, humidity and nutrients, making produce available to you and your family throughout the year.

Keep a lookout because we expect to feature the SCS Antioxidant Certification mark on packages this month!

Labels: Live Gourmet News

Pizza Lettuce Wraps

March 24, 2014 | post a comment

Pizza Lettuce Wraps. Photo via Food Faith Fitness.

Pizza Lettuce Wraps. Photo via Food Faith Fitness.

Looking for a guiltless pizza alternative? We’ve got the recipe for you! Lettuce make pizza lettuce wraps! Skip the extra carbs found in pizza dough and create these pizza lettuce wraps instead. This recipe is low carb and gluten-free.  These pizza lettuce wraps can include all your favorite toppings like bacon, mushrooms, pepperoni, cheese – the pizza toppings list goes on! Our fresh living butter lettuce is sturdy enough to hold all of your delicious pizza toppings.   Thank you Food Faith Fitness for the great pizza inspiration!

Pizza Lettuce Wraps:

  • ½ Tbsp Olive oil
  • ½ a yellow onion, diced
  • ½ a Green pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup White mushrooms, diced
  • 4 Strips of turkey bacon, cooked and diced.
  • 1 Small chicken breast, shredded (about 1 cup shredded)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Green cabbage or living butter lettuce.
  • Toppings:
  • Reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • Low sugar Pizza sauce
  • Turkey pepperoni slices


  1. Chop ingredients.  Dice the onion, green pepper, mushrooms, and turkey bacon.
  2. In a small pot of boiling water, cook chicken breast.
  3. Put ½ Tbsp olive oil in a large pan and heat on medium to high heat.
  4. Add in the peppers and onions and cook until softened.
  5. Add in mushroom and bacon and continue cooking until the bacon is crispy, around 5 minutes, stiring occasionally.
  6. Use two forks and shred chicken.
  7. Add the chicken into the pan and turn to medium. Season with salt and cook just until the chicken is warmed through, about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve in lettuce or cabbage wraps and top with cheese, pizza sauce and turkey pepperoni slices.

*Feel free to create your own pizza lettuce wrap and don’t hesitate to share it with us here on the blog or on our Live Gourmet Facebook page or on our Twitter page!

Labels: Butter Lettuce, Butter Lettuce Recipes

Live Gourmet in Fox News Natural Products Article

March 18, 2014 | post a comment

Live Gourmet at the Fresh Ideas event. Photo via Fox News.

Live Gourmet at the Fresh Ideas event. Photo via Fox News.

We had the opportunity to participate in the popular Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California; a trade show that focuses in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. Being part of the event was a great and educational experience for us.

Fox News highlighted the latest expo trends in an article called New trends in natural products showcased at industry expo. Trends included more company engagement in benefit sharing activities, GMO awareness, and the expansion of herbal remedies.

The Fox News article also discussed sustainability, one of Live Gourmet’s values, saying, ”Sustainability is a driving force among many manufacturers of foods, supplements and cosmetics, and products produced in a sustainable manner are being placed front and center. Certified organic foods continue to grow as a category, and fair wage practices are an increasing focus as companies grapple with the reality of sourcing natural ingredients provided by impoverished workers in undeveloped countries.”

We couldn’t agree any more.

Here at Hollandia Produce, we have made it a priority to be as sustainable as possible. Our Live Gourmet products are not the only things green about our business.  We also maintain a policy of environmentally-friendly best practices and production, and consistently choose vendor partners that provide us with sustainable product solutions to further our ongoing commitment to the environment and common sense conservation.

We enjoy being part of events like the Natural Products Expo and surrounding ourselves with businesses who are strong cheerleaders of sustainability.

We’d like to thank Fox News for featuring Live Gourmet’s photo (here in this post) in the beginning of their story.

Labels: Live Gourmet News

Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe

March 7, 2014 | post a comment

Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing. Photo from Your Vegan Mom.

Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing. Photo from Your Vegan Mom.

Sometimes it’s difficult to weave greens into your diet. Today we bring you a creamy lemon salad dressing that will make you want to have greens as a main meal or to accompany your entree! This recipe is vegan and easy – it only has four ingredients.

Lettuce Make a Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 3 tablespoons hot water

Shake your ingredients and yum, you’re done. We recommend pouring the dressing over our Live Gourmet butter lettuce and try it with other fresh raw veggies. You can also dip our butter lettuce leaves into the dressing as a snack.  This recipe makes 10 creamy tablespoons. Make sure to store it in a jar in your refrigerator and enjoy it throughout the week.

Thank you Your Vegan Mom for the super salad dressing recipe inspiration!



Labels: Butter Lettuce, Butter Lettuce Recipes

Different Types of Cress and Watercress

February 28, 2014 | post a comment

Did you know that there are different varieties of cress and watercress?

Some are sweeter, while others are more on the bitter side. CHOW wrote an article on the different types of cress and watercress that gives a nice explanation. Let’s explore them:

Garden Cress

Photo via Kitazawa Seed Co.

Photo via Kitazawa Seed Co.

A little on the peppery side, similar to horseradish and contains sprouts.

Korean Watercress

Photo via Kitazawa Seed Co.

Photo via Kitazawa Seed Co.

Also known as Minari and is more on the bitter side. It is  popular among Koreans when in season.


Photo via by Total Healthy Lifestyle

Photo via Total Healthy Lifestyle

Nasturtium looks like beautiful, gorgeous flowers. And yes, they are edible!

Upland Cress

Live Gourmet's Living Upland Cress

Live Gourmet’s Living Upland Cress

Last, but never least, upland cress! It has a peppery taste and will add some zing to your dishes. Our upland cress is certified as an antioxidant superfood by SCS Global Services!  It is certified to contain 14.76 mg/bag of lutein, an essential antioxidant. That’s 127% higher antioxidant density than the USDA reported average value! 

We hope you enjoyed your cress-ucation. We invite you to search our blog some delicious upland cress recipes!

Labels: Upland Cress Recipes

Produce Pop Quiz!

February 21, 2014 | post a comment

Q.Which vegetable or fruit is never frozen, processed or canned?

A. Lettuce!
Lettuce is the ONLY vegetable never frozen, processed or canned!  It’s always served fresh. At Live Gourmet, we take it a step further by selling our lettuce with the roots still attached to provide you and loved ones with fresh, living greens.

Our living butter lettuce is so fresh that when you take it home, you actually pick the leaves off  from a living plant, right in your own kitchen! Our clean and green farming methods help make this possible.

The next time you’re at a dining table with your family or friends, share your new foodie quiz skills and make sure to ask them which vegetable is never frozen, processed, or canned.


Labels: Butter Lettuce

Conserving Water With Every Crop

February 14, 2014 | post a comment


Live Gourmet is committed to conserving water with every crop. Our hydroponics growing techniques (visual above) help recycle precious water resources, reduce overall water use, limit water loss due to evaporation, and stop soil erosion.

Even more rewarding is that all of our efforts contribute to the protection of local riparian and estuary habitats. Conserving water this way has helped agricultural inputs become minimized, conserved and maintained in the growing area.

Conserve-waterOur hydroponics greenhouse production of lettuce generally produces 3.55 times more lettuce per acre than conventional field growing methods. This helps reduce the amount of arable land necessary for production. Our hydroponics system also conserves from 66% to 84% of the water that would be used if the lettuce were grown in the fields, depending upon the region, soil structure, time of year and irrigation method used.

Together, we are not only providing you and your family the freshest lettuce and leafy greens possible, but we are conserving water, one drop at a time.

Labels: Live Gourmet News, Sustainably Grown Food

Green Smoothie with Upland Cress

February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Oh the joys of smoothies. They are easy to make and super nutritious. This green smoothie recipe was inspired by Carrie on Vegan.  Her green smoothie had watercress which we substituted with upland cress.  The flavor of upland cress is close to watercress with a mild flavor with a delicate sharpness.  The flavor of upland cress in the smoothie adds a refreshing kick and distinction and you can’t beat additional Vitamin A and C!  This smoothie also contains flax meal and chia seeds for added fiber.

So what are you waiting for?! Get those ingredients ready and blend it up!

Green Smoothie with Upland Cress
*makes two servings

  • 2 cups unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 to 1 bunch of Living Upland Cress, washed
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries (you can substitute blueberries if you prefer)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple

Simply blend the ingredients and enjoy!


Labels: Green Smoothie, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Hazelnut Shrimp Salad in Butter Lettuce Cups

January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Jill Silverman Hough, cookbook author and respected culinary instructor, created wonderful recipes with Live Gourmet living butter lettuce including crab cakes, seared tuna and a BLT sandwich. You can view all her butter lettuce recipes on our website.

Here’s one of Jill’s favorite Live Gourmet recipes: Hazelnut Shrimp Salad in Butter Lettuce Cups.  It serves 4 as an appetizer.

  • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 12 ounces cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped
  • 1 head Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce

Hazelnut Shrimp Salad RecipePreheat oven to 375°F. On a pie plate or small, rimmed baking sheet, toast hazelnuts about 5 minutes, or until fragrant and browned. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk in hazelnut oil and olive oil. Stir in celery greens, chives, and half the hazelnuts. Gently toss in shrimp. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Remove 8 large leaves from Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce; arrange on 4 serving plates. Chop remaining lettuce into rough, 1/4-inch pieces; toss with shrimp mixture. Top each lettuce leaf with shrimp mixture, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts and serve.

Visit Jill Silverman Hough’s blog to view the list of her favorite Live Gourmet recipes!

We’re curious, what’s your favorite Live Gourmet recipe?

Labels: Butter Lettuce Recipes, Lettuce Recipe