Let’s be honest – you’ve been washing your greens all wrong. Those lazy, half-hearted swishes under the faucet aren’t cutting it. Do you really think dunking your arugula in a bowl of water gets rid of all the dirt and germs? Please. It’s time to step up your leafy green washing game. In this article, I’ll show you the proper techniques to thoroughly clean your kale, spinach, and lettuce. With my simple but effective methods, you’ll wonder how you ever ate salad before without getting sick. Your gastrointestinal system will thank me later. So grab your colander and get ready to become a leafy green washing pro.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Leafy Greens
Gather Your Tools
Arm yourself with a colander, a bowl or sink, a salad spinner (who doesn’t love one of those?), and maybe a towel so you don’t splash yourself.
Soak Those Leaves
Dump your greens into the colander and rinse with cold water. Swish them around to loosen any dirt or grit. Let them soak for a couple minutes so all the nasties fall to the bottom.
Shake and Spin
Give your greens a shake to drain excess water, then transfer them to the salad spinner. Crank it like you’re on a spin bike at the gym. Your greens will be refreshed and reinvigorated.
Dump the greens onto your towel and pat dry or give them one final whirl in the spinner. Fluff with your hands and voila, your greens are ready to become a delicious salad or sandwich topper.
With these simple steps, you’ll have the freshest, crispest greens that will make even the snootiest of hipster restaurants jealous. But keep these tips on the down low – we don’t want them stealing your secrets! Now go forth, wash those leafy greens and enjoy your creation. You’ve earned it!
Top Tips for Getting Rid of Dirt, Bacteria, and Pesticides
Listen up, leafy green lovers. You know those bags of spinach, kale and Swiss chard aren’t squeaky clean straight from the farm. Do you really want to chomp down on dirt, germs, and chemicals? Didn’t think so.
To wash your greens and avoid the nasties, fill a large bowl or your sink with cold water. Add a splash of vinegar or a drop of dish soap – either will help loosen up grime and wash away bacteria. Dunk your greens in the water and swish them around, checking for any grit at the bottom of the bowl. Do this a couple times with fresh water until the water’s clear.
For extra-dirty greens, you may need to break out the salad spinner. Fill it with water and your greens, then spin to remove the excess dirt and liquid. Repeat with fresh water until you’ve got a clean batch of greens.
Even pre-washed greens can still have lingering bacteria, so wash those too. And if you’ve got greens with lots of nooks like kale, massage the leaves a bit underwater to loosen all the dirt and debris.
Last tip: pat your greens dry with a towel or spin them to remove excess moisture before storing. Wet greens spoil faster, so drying them will keep your greens fresher for longer.
A little time washing your greens will reward you with a dirt-and-germ-free salad. You’ll be thanking me when you’ve got a healthy, delicious meal sans the grit. Happy munching!
Three Fun Ideas to Cook with Your Clean Greens
Now that you have a colander full of crisp, clean greens, what to do with them? Here are a few irreverent ideas to get those leafy lovelies into your belly.
Tacos for the Win
Who doesn’t love tacos? Wrap those greens in a tortilla with your favorite fillings like beans, salsa and avocado. Maybe add some shredded cheese or hot sauce if you’re feeling spicy. Instant healthy tacos with a hefty dose of greens. Olé!
Pasta Primavera Pronto
Toss your greens into some pasta with veggies, olive oil, parmesan and herbs for a quick pasta primavera. The heat will wilt the greens perfectly. This easy pasta dish comes together fast but tastes like you slaved over a hot stove all day. Mangia!
Green Smoothie for Dessert
Blend a few handfuls of greens with fruit like bananas, berries and mango into a sweet smoothie. The fruit masks the flavor of the greens but you still get all the nutrition. Have it for dessert and call it a green monster mash or swamp juice if it makes you feel better. Bottoms up!
Now you have no excuse not to eat those greens. Get cooking and bon appetit! Your leafy lovelies will thank you, even if you have to disguise them a bit. A little humor and irreverence can go a long way in getting your greens. You can thank me later!