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The World's 4 Best Kitchen Gadgets for Salad Lovers - How to use the Salad Spinner and More

4 Must Have Gadgets for Salad Lovers

If you love salads, there are four items that you just have to have. At least, I think so. Some of these coveted items I have discovered over time, so I'm ready to share! So, here they are, salad lovers. Look no more! I'm here to tell you, whether you're a novice salad maker or an experienced salad maker who can appreciate some gadgets to make your salad-making experience easier and better, I have the four top gadgets that can help.

First, you need a salad spinner to dry your freshly washed lettuce leaves. Who wants soggy salad? The second item will extend the life of your lettuce. Lettuce stored in a lettuce crisper will keep your iceberg, leaf, Romaine, or other lettuce longer than if just stored in the original packaging in the refrigerator.

A specialty knife just for cutting lettuce will keep your shredded lettuce from turning brown. Finally, if you love salad, you owe it to yourself to trying to make your own homemade dressing with a simple mix and pour gadget.These four items will enhance your preparation and enjoyment of fresh homemade salads. Let's look at them in more depth.


My salad spinner

My salad spinner

Salad Spinner

A salad spinner is great for spinning vegetables to shake off the excess water after rinsing. Some folks even store the lettuce in their spinner in the refrigerator, but I prefer to use my lettuce crisper for storage.

It's amazing the amount of water the salad spinner throws off the lettuce leaves. I've also used my salad spinner for drying other vegetables. It's great for frozen vegetables, too. Do you ever get out a package of frozen veggies that has too much ice in the package? That's easy to fix. Give the frozen contents a quick spin in the salad spinner to knock off the excess.

If you've never used a salad spinner, you will be amazed at the amount of water left in the bowl of the spinner. Check out the video for a demonstration.


How to Use a Salad Spinner

Get Your Own Salad Spinner

Salad Crisper

When I was a child, my mom had a Tupperware salad crisper where she would put our iceberg lettuce. I liked to help, so I would take off the outer layer of the lettuce, cut out the hard center core, and then place the lettuce head on the pointy apparatus in the crisper that holds the lettuce in place. For those of you who remember how Tupperware lids work, you'll remember to press the tightly-fitting lid all the way around until it is closed. Then, lift up the tab to let the air out. You'll hear a light pop. Ah . . . . That's the sound of a great Tupperware container.

Several years back, I bought my own salad crisper. I generally use Romaine lettuce, but the crisper works on varieties other than head lettuce. I tear off the leaves and place them into the crisper until I'm ready to use them. I don't rinse until I'm ready to use the lettuce, as the water seems to make the leaves wilt and rot more quickly.

Tupperware Lettuce Crisper

Lettuce Knife

Lettuce Knife

Whether you are cutting out the core of iceberg lettuce or are shredding lettuce into pieces, a specialty lettuce knife works perfectly to prevent lettuce from turning brown after being touched by a metal knife. .

This heavy-duty plastic knife easily cuts through lettuce. The utensil can be cleaned by hand, but it is also dishwasher safe.

This is the same type of lettuce knife my mom used when I was a child. I picked this one up at a garage sale. I love it!

This is the same type of lettuce knife my mom used when I was a child. I picked this one up at a garage sale. I love it!

Homemade salad dressing mixer

Homemade salad dressing mixer

Salad Dressing Mixer

A mixer with recipes written out right on the gadget is perfect for salad lovers. The one I have has recipes for Asian, Italian, French, and Caesar (my favorite type) salad dressings. It's easy to add ingredients, pour in the oil to the indicated line, and then mix the dressing with the included wisk-like mixing wand that goes up and down.

See the table for the kinds of dressings you can make in a gadget like this. It's fun and inexpensive to make your own homemade salad dressings.

Salad Dressing Mixer

Types of Homemade Dressings

Salad dressings that are on my salad dressing mixer from The Pampered Chef. I didn't include the amounts but just wanted to give an idea of what tasty ingredients go into these dressing recipes.

Caesar DressingItalian DressingFrench DressingAsian Dressing

vegetable oil

vegetable or olive oil

vegetable oil

vegetable oil

grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese

sugar

ketchup

sugar

garlic cloves

garlic cloves

garlic clove

garlic clove

sugar

oregano

sugar

ginger

Dijon mustard

basil

Worcestershire sauce

soy sauce

black pepper

onion powder

white wine vinegar

rice vinegar

lemon juice

salt

 

 

 

white wine or balsamic vinegar

 

 

Enjoy your salad!

Look forward to no more soggy, wilted lettuce leaves that turn brown! And there's nothing like experimenting with your own homemade salad dressings. With these must-have kitchen gadgets, you will enjoy your homemade, refreshing salads even more

Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 09, 2013:

Kasman--You must get a salad spinner! Now that I have one, I can't stand not using it and having wet lettuce in my salads! You will love it!

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on April 08, 2013:

Hi Victoria, I love this hub. Reasons for it are as follows:

I'm a huge salad eater. I think I eat one almost daily honestly.

I really enjoy getting new gadgets. As big of a salad fan as I am, I honestly don't have 70 percent of what you mentioned. That has to change after this hub. I have been looking at salad spinners for awhile now and I need to go ahead and purchase. Voting up and useful!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 28, 2012:

diplorging--I love my salad spinner! I use it for other things, too!

diplorging from Serbia on August 26, 2012:

I have never heard for salad spinner. It's so cool, I have to buy one. Thanks for this cool hub.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 21, 2012:

Jamie--A salad spinner is awesome! I eat salad several days a week, so these gadgets are very helpful!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 18, 2012:

teaches--The spinners are great! You'll love it!

Jamie Brock from Texas on August 18, 2012:

Thank you for a wonderful informative hub.. I love all these gadgets, especially the salad spinner! I had never even heard of it but it sounds great. These are a must have for those who eat a lot of salad.. Thank you for sharing :)

Dianna Mendez on August 17, 2012:

My friend just mentioned that I need a salad spinner to make my salads. After reading your post, I am more convinced that this is indeed what I need. I didn't know there were special knives as well. Makes sense. Voted up.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 15, 2012:

Do it, Vellur! you won't regret it! Good to see you again!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 15, 2012:

Very useful hub, must check out the salad crisper. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 13, 2012:

nova....It would take a day or so for the lettuce to turn color. The lettuce from the supermarket will last for a few weeks if stored well, so that's not too bad. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 13, 2012:

Nellieanna--I don't always take the time for a conventional salad, but when I do I just love it!!! Glad I inspired you!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 13, 2012:

CC--Yes, you should have these items, sis!!!! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 13, 2012:

Hey, random--You should get at least the salad spinner! Soggy salads are a thing of the past! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 13, 2012:

GiblinGirl--You're welcome! I love the knife! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 13, 2012:

KD--Great comments! I appreciate your thoughtful input!

Novascotiamiss from Nova Scotia, Canada on August 13, 2012:

Very nice article. Wow, I wasn't aware that a metal knife turns the salad brown. I grow my own lettuce (mostly mesclun mix) and never seem to have a problem (it probably applies mostly to roman or iceberg lettuce). I always wash my freshly harvested salad straight away, spin dry it and put it in a huge plastic ice cream container. It keeps fresh in the fridge without problem for up to 5 days. I guess if you buy salad at the supermarket it's already been hanging around for days and therefore different rules apply.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

algarveview--I only came across the salad dressing mixer at a Pampered Chef party. I thought it was very cool!!!!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

Mhatter--Glad you thought it was fun! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

Josh--I love salad, too! The spinner is awesome. You would have fun with it. LOL!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

Janine--My mom had tons of tupperware! I remember going to Tupperware parties with her! Glad you liked the video. I did, too!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

Julie--if you like salads, you may have to make room fo the salad gadgets! LOL. Just sayin!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 12, 2012:

I love the lettuce knife and salad dressing mixer. I confess that my salads these days are what I call "on the hoof" - just loosely cut veggies to be finger-eaten. But when I do make more conventional salads, I like good tools and especially for making homemade dressings - the only kind to put in one's body - IMHO. You've given some good ideas!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 12, 2012:

This all sounds great! I don't have a crisper or a lettuce knife, but I'll have to look for those at the next garage sale! :D The salad dressings - oh man, these look great! I do make my own a lot, but I want to try to make some Caesar dressing. Yum!!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 12, 2012:

I love salad and am ashamed to say that I don't own ANY of these gadgets. I need to do something about that! Thanks for the great suggestions and tips.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

TT--My mom had all kinds of Tupperware. The crisper was always great! Thanks for coming by!

GiblinGirl from New Jersey on August 12, 2012:

Great hub. I do love a good salad and I've used a salad spinner before but have never tried a crisper or a specialty salad knife. I didn't realize the metal in a regular knife could cause browning. Thanks for the useful info!

KDuBarry03 on August 12, 2012:

Extremely useful information, Victoria! When I was in culinary school, we used the Salad Turners all the time and the Lettuce did taste much better. On note about your recipes for different dressings, what I love about them is that they are simple enough to spice them up your own way :) Great Hub and great info.

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on August 12, 2012:

Hello, Victoria, great ideas, believe it or not I had never heard of the salad dressing mixer... I know... weird... and it seems very handy... Voted up and useful and sharing! Take care...

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 11, 2012:

You're right! "Must haves" for salad lovers (and fun too). thank you

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on August 11, 2012:

Vicki,

Awesome and so informative! I definitely did not know I could learn a thing or two about salad, but I sure did here! :) The spinner seems like a really effective gadget. If I get anything, it will be that one. Thanks for sharing Vicki! I am a sucker for salad. LOL

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 11, 2012:

Victoria, think our moms were the tupperware queens between the ice pop tupperware makers to the salad crisper, because yet again my mom owned this gadget too!! Loved your article and especially loved the video you included on how to spin a salad. Have voted and shared of course too!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 11, 2012:

greatstuff--These gadgets are "great stuff" so you should get them. LOL!

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 11, 2012:

I'm always avoiding gadgets because I have such a tiny kitchen but we do salads almost every day, so I may just have to splurge. I love the lettuce crisper!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 11, 2012:

Effer-- have too many gadgets, too, that I don't use!!!!!! I like to make or buy different salad dressings all the time. I just like variety that way . . . . The spinner and knife are great, aren't they???? Thanks, Eff!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 11, 2012:

V, my mom used to have a lettuce crisper when I was a kid and I had forgotten all about those...boy, that would have come in handy the other day! :) I love the salad spinner, they come in SO handy for all sorts of veggies. :) Great job!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 11, 2012:

rcrumple--If Kroger's ever has brown lettuce, you'll know why! LOL. Thanks for coming by!!! :-)

Mazlan A from Malaysia on August 11, 2012:

Wow, this is interesting. We don't have any of these 4 items at home. I guess it should be in our next shopping list. Well formatted and presented. Voted interesting and useful.

Suzie from Carson City on August 11, 2012:

Vee.....I am a salad LOVER!! I have a spinner and a knife.....but I don't have a dressing mixer, because I use only Olive Oil and Red wine vinegar on my salads....always.... These are all great gadgets! Sometimes, I think I have too many kitchen gadgets and not enough space to store them!!

Thanks, Vee.......UP+++

Rich from Kentucky on August 11, 2012:

Victoria-

Good presentation! I had no idea that lettuce turned brown after being touched by a metal knife. (Of course, I guilty about usually going to Kroger's salad bar instead of making my own also!)

Very Informative! Up & Useful & Interesting.

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