Gadget-free salad spinner
No one likes soggy lettuce, and you certainly can’t skip washing your lettuce. Some people solve this problem with a salad spinner. I have to admit pumping a little handle up and down can be rather fun. We just don’t have room for a salad spinner in our kitchen no matter how often we like a little lettuce with our lunch.
Luckily I was helping a German friend in her small kitchen a couple of years ago, and she was making salad. She pulled out a fresh dish towel and laid her freshly washed lettuce right on top. She brought the corners into her hand like a hobo sack.
Then she just started swinging the bundled towel in a giant circle like a circus man tossing a ball of fire. Twenty seconds later, she laid the towel on the counter and opened it. The lettuce was a perfect combination of dry yet still slightly moist – just as if she used a salad spinner.
I’ve been spinning my salad this way every since. (You may need to double your dishtowel to keep water from flying through the fabric as you spin.)
I probably don’t spin my salad in the air with quite the enormous circles that she had. Of course, I also wonder if she really had made these wildly large arm motions like I seem to remember in my mind. After all, I was jet lagged and new to Europe. You know how crazy people get in foreign countries.