Salad CPR

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I was using up some aging watercress in a salad the other night, which reminded me of a simple trick for crisping wilting greens: Soak them in ice water for a few minutes. The ice bath rehydrates their cells and they perk right up, crisp as the day they were harvested. (Just make sure to drain and dry the greens well before using, or the dressing won’t coat the leaves.) This’ll work with any salad greens or herbs, or limp veggies like older celery and carrots.

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COMMENTS

  1. Derrick

    The ice bath rehydrates their cells and they perk right up, crisp as the day they were harvested. (Just make sure to drain and dry the greens well before using, or the dressing won’t coat the leaves.)

    February 19, 2011 at 2:28 am
  2. Kint

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    January 5, 2011 at 12:35 am
  3. angioplasty

    Wow, we quit buying greens because we threw half of it away every week. Good advise!

    June 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm
  4. Karen

    Thanks Tim! Great advice on the “wilting” greens.
    This happens me often.
    I basically cook for myself and appreciate very fresh produce. However when buying greens…well there’s only so many salads one can make! ;)
    I just emailed a friend and told her of this trick and she told me that she throws out more greens then she has grass on her lawn!(and that’s a lot of grass).
    Thanx again,
    “K”

    April 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm
  5. CookingSchoolConfidential.com

    Funny timing – we were just talking about that trick in school yesterday (I go to culinary school). It seemed so counter intuitive to me, but it works. What a good tip to have, especially now when those farmer’s markets are going to open soon.
    Cheers!

    March 15, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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