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Kitchen hacks: Make perfect salads every time with these 6 savvy tips

Say goodbye to dull and soggy salads with these tips and tricks to make the perfect salad without fail everytime!

by: Robyn Brittow | 11 Oct 2018
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There’s nothing better than to dive fork-first into that bright crisp salad, drizzled in a dressing of lemon juice, mustard and balsamic vinegar. However, you may find your salad leaves wilting, looking lifeless and downright sad. Could it be the moisture left behind after incorrectly washing and storing your salad leaves? Is it the lack of colour and flavour?

Read on to find out our 7 best tips for creating delectable fresh salads without fail every time.

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1. Invest in a salad spinner

No one enjoys soggy lettuce and the way you wash and dry your salad leaves is one of the fundamentals of a fabulous salad. Pat your leaves dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.

salad spinner

2. Storage

Store your washed salad greens in a container or Ziploc bag lined with paper towel to absorb any excess moisture and keep your leaves as fresh as possible. 

3. Flavour is key

Add flavor to your greens by seasoning it or adding fresh herbs such as coriander, dill, basil and chives.

4. Colour

Incorporate colour to make your dish as visually appealing as it is delicious, this can be through adding leaves such as radicchio or purple cabbage and various fruits to your salads – fruit not only adds colour but some sweetness to your savoury salad.

mixed salad leaves

5. Croutons rule

For some extra crunch, make some delicious croutons for extra texture and variety.

6. Be sure that your salad is the last item on your menu to be made.

This will keep it fresher for longer. Salads usually are quick to make so you can make it right before your guests arrive or as you’re about to serve your meal.


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