Have you ever wondered How to Keep Salad Fresh? We have all the tips and tricks to save you money and make your salad last longer.
How to Keep Salad Fresh
We used to struggle with keeping our salad beautiful and crisp. We would buy it from the store and it always seemed to go bad before we could use it all.
This was so frustrating because not only was I wasting money but I never seemed to have fresh lettuce when I needed it. We finally came up with some clever tips that have helped us save a ton of money.
Start doing these simple tricks today and see how simple it is to make your salad stay fresh.
How do you keep salad fresh in the refrigerator?
1. Buy Darker Green lettuce.
The lighter green lettuce like iceberg tends to go bad faster. By buying darker green lettuce you will actually save more money. Not only is the darker lettuce healthier for you, but they last longer in your fridge.
2. Store Your lettuce in a small container that is sealed.
Don’t keep your lettuce in a bowl. Instead use a container that you can seal. I also recommend “cramming” your lettuce into a smaller container.
In our experience, when you can keep as much air out, your lettuce will last longer. If you want, you can get a foodsaver to seal your containers and really get the air out, or you can just buy some nicer Rubbermaid containers to help keep the air out.
A plastic bag will also work as long as you can seal it well. Taking this extra step will help keep your salad fresh. Easy!
3. Add a Paper Towel in your Container.
This tip is really easy! Keep your a folded up paper towel in your container. Just fold up a paper towel and place it on top of your salad before you place the lid on.
This paper towel will help absorb the extra moisture and keep it off your lettuce – keeping it more fresh. I have been doing this tip for years and it works like a charm every time!
4. Keep Other Salad Ingredients separate.
Don’t add your dressing, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, carrots, and other ingredients to your salad before you store it. You want to keep them separate.
These kinds of food will quickly wilt your lettuce so I always make sure to keep these in a different container.
5. Buy Organic.
If you can, try to buy organic lettuce. Organic lettuce tends to be on the shelf for less time than the regular lettuce.
Since it is sitting in the store less, that means it will simply last longer in your fridge.
6. Use a salad spinner.
Washing your lettuce gets rid of all the dirt but the salad spinner gets it dry so it will last longer. This extra step to eliminate excess water only takes a few seconds and works great at prolonging the freshness of your lettuce.
What are your tips to keep salad fresh?
Salad is one of those things that is easy to last longer if you spend a few extra steps. Try these tips with your leafy greens to see how much it helps to keep everything crisp and fresh.
Everyone loves to save money and these simple tips definitely help to make your salad last longer and save more money. Yeah!
More ideas for salad:
- homemade croutons
- Caesar salad dressing recipe
- Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe
- Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
- Poppyseed Dressing Recipe
Now that you know how to keep your lettuce fresher longer, try a new salad dressing and enjoy salads for a quick lunch.
Print out these tips so you know how to keep salad fresh:
- Salad or Lettuce
If using pre-bagged salad, remove the salad from the bag you bought the salad in. Place the bag in a sealable storage bag and put a paper towel in the bag with the salad mix. The paper towel will absorb any moisture so that it doesn't affect the salad. Replace the paper towel every couple of days for the best results.
If using lettuce, clean the lettuce and use a salad spinner to make sure that you get as much moisture off the lettuce as possible. Then place the lettuce in a sealable storage bag and place a paper towel in the bag with the cleaned lettuce. The paper towel will absorb any moisture so that it doesn't affect the lettuce. Replace the paper towel every couple of days for the best results.
More Kitchen Hacks: