Food and Drink

The Best Lettuce Alternatives to Buy Right Now

The shortage has got us searching for an alternative.

Iceberg lettuces laid out together.

Australia is in the grips of a lettuce shortage, with many factors contributing to the lack of lettuce on supermarket shelves, and the crazy inflated prices we’re currently seeing. And according to experts, things won’t be changing anytime soon.

We’re already seeing heads of lettuce for upwards of $10 on supermarket shelves, and we’re also seeing venues such as KFC replacing lettuce in their burgers with alternatives such as cabbage.

With prices rising on goods across the board, we’ve been searching for alternatives to fill the void, so here are some lettuce alternatives you can buy⁠—or even grow⁠—in Australia right now.


Popeye’s favourite, spinach, is a great alternative to lettuce that’s still plentiful at the supermarket and local greengrocer. Unfortunately, these days you’re more than likely to find it in large bags, so make sure you’ve got a plan for what you’re going to do with it all if you’re investing in the larger bags.

Spinach is also fairly easy to grow if you have a vegetable garden at home. Buy seedlings, or sew straight from seed. Even though it’s June it’s not too late to plant spinach now.


Kale belongs to the cabbage family but can be a little easier to deal with. Kale is available right now at the supermarket and has some pretty key health benefits given it’s filled with the likes of vitamin A, and folate.

There are a few types of kale, so check with your local supermarket or greengrocer to see what is in stock.


In light of KFC substituting cabbage for lettuce, we know that cabbage can make a great addition to your burger. Supermarkets and greengrocers are having much more luck getting a supply of red, and green cabbage currently than they are sourcing lettuce.

You should be able to find red cabbage, green cabbage, savoy cabbage, and wombok on the shelves at the moment.


Rocket is another great substitute in salads, and on sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, but unfortunately is proving hard to source like lettuce currently.

The good news is you can grow rocket in the garden. The annual leafy green can be planted using seedlings, or sown from seed.

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Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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