Salads / For the Whole Week
Salads are a go to side dish for most of us. Not only because it’s good, but because it’s healthy and is versatile. Washing the veggies and lettuce that you need for a salad on a daily basis, not only takes up time, it messes up the kitchen, keeps our hands in the water and can be avoided. By preparing the ingredients ahead of time for a week you only have to do this once and using the method below, you will also save space in your refrigerator.
Salads – Lettuce
Separate the lettuce leaves and cut, or tear them into the size you like. Wash the lettuce in cold water and spin them dry in a salad spinner. The drier the lettuce is, the longer it will preserve. Now you can place the prepared lettuce in a zip-lock bag, pressing out the excess air. You can now get out as much as you need and reseal the bag with the remaining lettuce for the rest of the week.
Salads – Red and Green Cabbage
Cabbage is a great source of vitamin C and adds extra crunch and color to your salads. With the right cutlery set it’s easy to prepare. Remove the outer leaves and cut the head in quarters, lengthwise. Now, using either a very sharp knife or a mandolin cut the cabbage into very thin strips. I use both red and green cabbage for the color. Wash in cold water and spin dry, just like the lettuce. Then place the shredded cabbage, each color in a separate zip-lock bag, press out the excess air, seal and place in refrigerator
Salads – Bell Peppers
Wash the bell peppers. Then cut the top and bottom off, so you can access the seed core. Remove the core and wrap the bell pepper in a paper towel and place in a zip-lock bag. Always cut the strips as you need them and then put the remaining bell pepper back into the refrigerator for the next portion.
Salads – Cello Radishes
Cut the greens and the tips off of the radishes. Wash them in cold water and rub them dry with a paper towel. Then wrap them in a fresh paper towel and place them into a zip-lock bag. Refrigerate until needed. Take out as many as you’d like to use and using either a knife or a mandolin, cut them into your salad.
These are just the main salads ingredients that I use a lot of. Preparing them this way saves me time and makes it much easier to quickly prepare a healthy side dish at any time. Enjoy!