My Top 5 Kitchen Tools for Salad Prep.
There are days when I look at my meal plan for the day and think why did I plan so many components for this salad??? Then I pull out all my ingredients for the dressing and toss it all in a mason jar with a flip of a switch on my hand blender it’s done in a few short minutes. I'm able to wash, dry and cut my salad ingredients quickly and have dinner prepared in a short amount of time. I rely on the following tools to help me get through dinner without a total personal meltdown and I’m still able to create a beautiful and healthy meal full of vegetables I love. Here are my top 5 tools for salad making that keep me sane and on task.
I originally bought my hand blender to make apple sauce, but I only did that once and then didn’t use it again until I started making my own salad dressings. Now there are a lot of dressings you can still just put the ingredients into a jar and simply shake, but then there are those with lots of fresh herbs and garlic and other things you need to chop up. I want things to be quick and simple, so I just put everything whole into my mason jar and use my hand blender to break it all down and blend it together. Then I place the lid on the jar and stick it in the fridge. Easy peasy! I just use a cheap hand blender I bought on Amazon and it works great.
It’s much more inexpensive to buy a head of lettuce or a bundle of kale or romaine than buying pre washed and cut salad greens. The only issue with this is getting all the moisture out so you don’t have that excess water in your salad or making your greens go mush during storage. I use to use a ridiculous amount of paper towels to dry my greens, but I can be really impatient and my greens were never dry enough. Also, I would feel terrible using so much paper that I couldn’t recycle and I make a lot of salad so I was going through A LOT of paper towels! The salad spinner changed this. I secretly get excited to see how much water I’ve spun off my greens. I’ve also discovered I can spin my chickpeas too, to get them dry for roasting.
The spiralizer is my newest tool. I originally bought the vegetti handheld spiralizer but the noodles were too thin and flat. It also didn’t work on harder vegetables like sweet potatoes. I don't have the strength of 20 men to turn a raw damp sweet potato through a tiny little blade. It was an inexpensive option, but it didn’t do what I needed it to do. Then I bought pre spiralized noodles at Whole Foods, but I was yelling at myself every time because I was paying $5 for the equivalent of one large sweet potato. Totally convenient, but not economical. So then I finally broke down and bought a spiralizer with three different blades to make different kinds of fancy noodles. It has suction cups to stick it to the counter to keep you safe while you’re noodling. It’s also dishwasher safe which makes my heart happy. So far, for the relatively inexpensive price of $30 I’d say I’m pumped to use it.
The mandoline is a great tool to slice vegetables quickly and uniformly. I’ve had a few different kinds over the years, I really like the one with interchangeable blades to cut julienne or make super thin cuts for making tasty apple chips. It’s perfect and necessary to speed up my salad making. And you can get a decent mandoline for good price.
This one is a must for me. I use mason jars to prep food and for storage. I make all my dressings in a mason jar, they are great for canning and fermenting, dry and cold storage, you can freeze in them, they’re microwavable (without the metal lid), dishwasher safe, they are great as a vase for flowers or for gifts. I toss my overnight oats into them, I drink out of them, and they are totally portable. There are so many uses for mason jars and they are crazy inexpensive. I total must have in any household and you can pretty much buy them anywhere. Plus they are a great alternative to plastic storage. If you haven’t jumped on the mason jar train yet, do it. You won’t look back.
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These are the top 5 tools that save me the most time. I am able to whip up dressing, cut my vegetables quickly, and store everything affordably. We are all busy these days and we don’t want our our healthy meals to take 10 years to make. The idea of having so many vegetables to cut up can seem a little daunting sometimes and using these few tools help tremendously to keep me on track!
Simple Blueberry Vinaigrette
- ¼ c EVOO
- ⅓ c Blueberries
- 3 T Coconut Vinegar (Sub Apple cider vinegar if you don’t have)
- 1-2 T Honey (to taste)
- ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
Put all ingredients in a pint size mason jar, blend with immersion (hand) blender until smooth, adjust salt and honey if needed. Use on tasty salad and store for 10 days refrigerated, but I doubt it will last that long.
Tell me what tools you recommend to make meal prep easier and quicker?? I’d love to hear!
Much Salad Love,
Carrie ~ LettucebeDifferent