Here are tips for cleaning, storing, and preparing the greens you have selected for your great salad recipe.
How to Wash Greens
Place leafy greens in basket of salad spinner. With salad spinner in sink, run cold water through spinner while turning the basket. Repeat once or twice, if necessary, to make sure greens are clean and dry. Pat dry with paper towels, if necessary. If you do not have a salad spinner, rinse greens under cold running water until clean. Then, pat dry with paper towels.
How to Wash Fresh Herbs
Always wash fresh herbs before use. Rinse small bunches under cold running water, then blot dry. Or when needing to clean a large amount of herbs, fill the sink with cold water and swish the herbs around to remove any dirt. Remove the herbs from the sink and place in a salad spinner to spin dry. Or, place on paper towels and gently blot dry.
How to store Leafy Greens
Store greens wrapped between dry paper towels, if desired, in a perforated plastic bag or loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
How to Store Long Stemmed Herbs
Place long-stemmed fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro and dill, in a tall glass with the stem ends down. Fill with about an inch of cold water. Cover the leaves with a plastic bag and refrigerate until ready to use, changing the water every 2 days. Herbs should stay vibrant and fresh for about 5 days.
How to Core Lettuce
Holding head of lettuce so that bottom, or core end, faces a flat surface, bring the lettuce down hard against the surface to loosen core. Pull out core and discard.
How to Prepare Lettuce
Remove the core from the head of lettuce, then pull the lettuce apart from the core end and tear into bite-sized pieces. Do not chop tender lettuces, such as butterhead, with a knife since this can cause the lettuce to turn brown around the edges. Less delicate lettuces, such as romaine, can be cut but be sure to use a sharp knife.
How to Shred Lettuce
Cut head of cored iceberg lettuce in half. Place each half, cut side down, on cutting board. Cut across the halves into thin slices, then separate slices into shreds.