If you're no big fan of salad-in-a-bag (or even if you are) and want a healthier, homemade alternative, there are plenty of ways to store lettuce for days -- even weeks at a time, but this tip from the folks at Generation X Finance isn't just how to store lettuce, but how to keep a whole, seasoned, tasty salad fresh in the fridge for a whole week, ready to portion out whenever you get hungry.
This method is pretty close to one of my all-time favourites, the lettuce rolled up in a bath towel (although I use paper towels) method. In this case, you'll want to prep the salad as though you're going to eat it. Chop the lettuce to your desired size, give it a good rinse and then run it through a salad spinner -- this part is important, because moisture is the enemy of crisp lettuce.
Put your lettuce into a nice big bowl and drape a paper towel or two over the top so moisture doesn't settle on the leaves while your salad sits in the fridge. Cover the whole thing with a really tight seal of plastic wrap and store. A little salt and pepper or seasoning can punch up the flavour.
Plus, they recommend making sure to stir up the salad a bit every time you take some out and replacing the paper towel if you notice it starting to get a bit damp -- both steps will keep moisture away, help your bowl of salad last longer in the fridge, and save you money.
A fresh, tasty salad is a great way to get more leafy greens into your diet, whether it's a side at dinner or an impromptu snack when you're rummaging through the fridge, but I've found that bags of salad and re-sealable plastic bins of salad both start to rot from the inside out pretty quickly. This method might be worth a shot. Do you have a favourite way to store lettuce -- or a whole salad -- to keep it fresh and crisp?
How to Prepare a Salad to Last All Week for Just a Few Dollars [Generation X Finance]