Salad doesn’t come from a bag.

September 20th, 2008 by katie

Previously prepared post. Thank you all for your concern. Luckily we do have electricity and water now, unlike many of our neighbors. I am taking some time to get things cleaned up and back to “normal.” Be back Monday with a new post! Thank you again for your well wishes! -Katie

There are times when bagged lettuce is an easy, fast way to get dinner or a side salad on the table. However, when budgets get tight, something has to go. Since the fresh, healthy presence of salad on the dinner table shouldn’t be excluded, it’s time to think outside the bag box.

Having grown up on bagged salad, I was a little intimidated the first time I bought a head of romaine instead of several bags. However, once I had the right tools, it was a pretty easy transition and now I find it difficult to buy bagged lettuces over fresh. My Zyliss lettuce knife and salad spinner are my tools of choice. The lettuce knife works through the lettuce as easily as my chef’s knife but keeps the stems from turning brown as quickly.

First, chop the lettuce, throwing away the damaged outer leaves and stem. Put the chopped lettuce in the basket of the salad spinner inside the bowl, and fill the bowl with cold water. Then shake and aggitate the lettuce in the water, and remove the basket leaving the dirty water in the bowl. Dump and refill, then wash again until the water left in the bowl is clean. Then dump the water and place the basket back inside and spin! The remaining water will be whisked away leaving you fluffy, clean, dry lettuce. The best part is the whole thing goes right into the fridge to store your lettuce for about a week. Making side salads or packing work lunches on the fly is easy: just grab a few handfuls of clean, dry lettuce and go!

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4 Responses

  1. Marie

    I have to check into that knife now, I like the idea of not turning the lettuce brown! Thanks!

  2. sweetbird

    I want a salad spinner so bad, it makes cleaning leafy greens sooo much easier.

  3. steph

    I love your blog! Just found it from your comment you left on my blog! It’s so beautiful and simple and organized! Love it!

  4. WasabiBratwurst

    Looking at you photo, I suspect that the Zyliss salad spinner works on a draw string mechanism?

    We love our OXO salad spinner. Not sure how we got away eating so much salad with out one!

    Yes, the Zyliss uses a drawstring-kind of like starting a lawnmower. That’s the only drawback: we did have to replace one about two years old because the cord broke, but I can’t blame it. Mr. Chaos and the kids like to act like it’s a rocket launcher or something and yank, yank, yank. -Katie

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