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Do you talk yourself out of having a salad because of the prep time? This is a guide about salad tips and tricks.
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By 27 found this helpful
November 16, 2009

Like many couples with no kids in the house, we don't eat as we should. Here's a way to get a few more veggies in. Take one bag of salad lettuce and divide it into 6 bowls with lids (I use 20 oz Ziploc bowls) add tomatoes, a couple of olives, sliced mushrooms, cucumbers or whatever salad veggies you want.
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Put them in the refrigerator. Then when you are stalking the refrigerator for something to eat, you will have a few ready made salads that you are more likely to eat first before grabbing that muffin. You only have to add the dressing and maybe a little feta and you're ready to go. They will last 2-3 days.

One last thing: use grape or cherry tomatoes, it's more likely to last longer because cut up tomatoes will release more acid and gases that cause the lettuce to wilt.

By melmarr from Michigan

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June 22, 2010

Salt will draw out the juices from the lettuce and greens. That's why when making a salad, you should add the salt at serving time or the salad will be wilted.

By msweed from Ontario Canada

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October 19, 20040 found this helpful

Do not use metal bowls when mixing salads. Use wood, glass or china.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 13, 2011

I make a up salads for individual servings, ahead of time. I usually make four at a time and this requires a lot of chopping and cutting up celery, peppers, onions, eggs, etc. at one time. I use the cheap paper plates to put each vegetable on after I have chopped them up.

Then when I need to add them to my salad, I just fold in the paper plate and use it as a funnel to put the right amount of vegetables on each salad. It is so easy and then I just discard the paper plate. This just gives me more control of how much I use and keeps things separated till I need them.

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Also, I add a paper napkin to the top of the salad to absorb any moisture. I put on the lid and store in the fridge. I hope that this helps any salad lovers out there. I am on the Atkin's diet and I do eat a lot of salads. Have a great day!

By Mary from Mendenhall, MS

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By 0 found this helpful
January 16, 2006

I use the Snyder's of Hanover pretzel pieces, the Buttermilk Ranch flavor. The cost is about $1.00 for a 10 oz. bag. DH likes these better than the more expensive croutons from the grocery store which he says, "Have an after taste, or no taste."

By Holly from Richardson, TX

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By 0 found this helpful
October 28, 2009

When my family and I make a salad we put in into a plastic bag (we use the ones that we put our veggies or fruit in at the grocery store). Put on dressing and shake up the bag this get all the dressing every piece and you use up less dressing. Then simply throw out the bag or wash it for next time. Happy Salad Time!

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By Sandy from Nampa, ID

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November 2, 20060 found this helpful

Let lettuce dry completely before adding dressing to it. Dressing clings better to dry lettuce.

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June 13, 20050 found this helpful

Prep veggies for salads when you come home from the store. Tuck a dry paper towel into the baggie to absorb extra moisture. Green onions, lettuces, mushrooms, and shredded carrots are easy to add to salads this way.

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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

You can make fancy cheese garnishes for salads by taking your vegetable peeler and scraping it across a block of cheese. Looks great! By Robin

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