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Tip: Washing and Drying Lettuce

Washing and Drying Lettuce fresh from the Garden from Walking on Sunshine

Today I'm sharing a tip on washing and drying fresh lettuce from the garden. 

There is nothing compared to a salad made with lettuce picked fresh from the garden.  The only problem is washing the lettuce can be a real problem.  Yes, growing lettuce in dirt can make your lettuce dirty.  Ha! 

Here are the easy tips for washing and drying lettuce that works for me.  

Washing and Drying Lettuce 

I have finally figured out how to wash and dry my home-grown lettuce that doesn't require hours of using a salad spinner. 

The other day I went to our garden and picked enough lettuce to last my family about a week.

  • When I come in from the garden, I immediately put the lettuce in a large plastic container and place it in the sink and fill with cold running water.  I let the water run for a few minutes and then fill up the container with fresh, CLEAN water and let the lettuce soak for about 10 minutes.

  • Then I rinse the lettuce again.  YES...home-grown lettuce will be filled with dirt and even bugs, so I like to make sure it's really clean. 
  • Then I use my salad spinner. 
  • Then I lay a big BEACH towel on my counter and start spreading the lettuce out in a single layer.
Lettuce on Towel drying from Walking on Sunshine

  • Cover with another clean beach towel and let sit on the counter for a few hours.
Lettuce drying on counter from Walking on Sunshine

  • Check it every now and then and turn the lettuce leaves over to make sure all the lettuce is drying.
  • Once your lettuce is completely dried, you can store it in a plastic container using paper towels in between the layers of lettuce.  
  • Your lettuce will last a long time stored this way; at least a week, maybe longer.   
  • Check it every few days and change the paper towels if they become too damp.  

AND if you're looking for some delicious homemade dressings to enjoy on top of your home-grown lettuce, check these two recipes out.

A great tip on washing and drying lettuce freshly picked from the garden on Walking on Sunshine.

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  1. That sounds so much better than bagged salads!

  2. You are absolutely right nothing can top salad that you have grown. I basically wash and dry mine the same. Your tutorial was perfect, and I have already booked marked the dressings, can't wait to try them.

  3. Yum, Lois! So glad you're enjoying the bounty of your garden! I want to have one again...but need more time! Hugs to you sweetie. Praying for you all!

  4. Lettuce is what I look forward to the most each year when it comes to my own garden! Nothing beats it!

  5. I pinned the dressing and I will remember the steps of the lettuce - but it seems like a lot of work - I'm lazy.

  6. G'day Lois and thanks for the wonderful hint and tip, true!
    I will be starting a herb and veggie garden soon and fingers crossed, will get some lettuce popping up too! :)
    Cheers! Joanne

  7. Sigh...I wish this would work for me, but I have a very small kitchen! There literally isn't enough counter space for a beach towel in the first place, let alone leaving it there for a while. :-(


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