This might sound simple, but doing this one task every time I get a head of lettuce has greatly increased my salad intake. For a while I would get lettuce (spinach, kale, arugula, or whatever) and it would just sit in my fridge until it wilted and died a sad, uneaten death. The challenge for me was that I was always to lazy to take the greens, wash them, let them dry and then make my salad.
Enter in the tip, prep your greens as soon as you get them. Now my ritual when I get a head of lettuce from the farmers market, or in my weekly produce box, is to prep everything that day and store it in a easy to grab container. Here’s the simple steps to more greens in your stomach than your trash:
- Make sure your sink is clean. Plug one side of it and fill it up with enough cold water to submerge whatever amount of greens you have.
- Remove greens from their stem (or just their bag) and put them in the cold water.
- Depending on the type of greens and the amount of dirt you may just need to move them around the water or you may need to get in there and rub off the dirt. Do whatever works until all the greens are clean.
- Dry the greens. There are a few ways to do this. You can lay them out on paper towels and pat them dry, but this uses up a lot of paper towels. For large leaves, I just take them and stand them up in a strainer and let them sit in the sink until they dry. You can also get a salad spinner to make this process easier.
- Store the greens. You can leave them in a salad spinner or put them into a lightly packed plastic bag or other container. Don’t pack them too tight and make sure that there is no remaining water or wetness.
Now when you want a salad, you can just reach into your greens bag, tear up some greens or toss them in a bowl, add whatever other veggies you have lying around and your favorite dressing and life is good. I can’t tell you how many times this has made my “I don’t have any time” meal healthy instead of heating up some frozen garbage.
Did this work for you? Any other tips on making salad eating easier?