Generally, and especially during the fall, when the weather is becoming cooler and drier, Ayurveda advises against eating raw vegetables. If you’re a salad lover, this can seem like a pretty big bummer at first, but give it a try, your tummy may thank you. Raw foods are difficult to digest and can quell digestive fire. As with most things, raw foods every now and again are fine.
If you’re part of a farm share or CSA, you may end up with a lot of lettuce especially now during the shoulder season when lettuce thrives. If so, try sauteing it! It will wilt beautifully just like spinach and has a really nice flavor. This week I had mine with small black lentils, a small sweet potato, cilantro, and tahini.