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How to Make Perfectly Crispy Salads

The difference between a yummy salad you'd be happy to eat every night and one that makes you wish you were eating fries instead? Crispiness! Check out these tips and tricks for how to make sure your salad stays cripsy—even if you've made it a day ahead.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
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Crisp Up Wilted Lettuce

If you take your lettuce out of the fridge and it's too wilted to use, perk it right up with this trick: Submerge the lettuce in a bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon lemon juice added in. Let sit for 5–10 minutes and it will be as good as fresh.

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The Secret to Preparing a Crispy Salad a Day Ahead

A bowl of water can be similarly useful if you'd like to prepare a salad a day ahead of time. Gather lettuce and any of the following ingredients: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, onions, peppers, and radishes. Chop them up and place them in a large bowl. Then completely cover all your ingredients with water and keep the bowl in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat it. Then add tomatoes, croutons, and any other toppings and enjoy a crisp, delicious salad. This tip is great for parties or when you're having guests for dinner! Make most your salad a day before and you can save a lot of time the day of.

Salad Serving Trick

Sometimes salads go limp simply because there's too much water left on them. Avoid wet, limp salads by placing an inverted saucer in the bottom of the salad bowl before you throw in all your veggies. The excess water that is left after washing the vegetables and greens will drain under the saucer and leave your salad high and dry.

For Extra Crunch

For the crispiest salad, prepare it in a metal bowl and then place it in the freezer for one minute before serving. The cold will keep it so crisp you'll find yourself asking, "Who knew?!"

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