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The World's 4 Best Kitchen Gadgets for Salad Lovers - How to use the Salad Spinner and More

Updated on December 2, 2014

4 Must Have Gadgets for Salad Lovers

If you love salads, there are four items that you just have to have. At least, I think so. Some of these coveted items I have discovered over time, so I'm ready to share! So, here they are, salad lovers. Look no more! I'm here to tell you, whether you're a novice salad maker or an experienced salad maker who can appreciate some gadgets to make your salad-making experience easier and better, I have the four top gadgets that can help.

First, you need a salad spinner to dry your freshly washed lettuce leaves. Who wants soggy salad? The second item will extend the life of your lettuce. Lettuce stored in a lettuce crisper will keep your iceberg, leaf, Romaine, or other lettuce longer than if just stored in the original packaging in the refrigerator.

A specialty knife just for cutting lettuce will keep your shredded lettuce from turning brown. Finally, if you love salad, you owe it to yourself to trying to make your own homemade dressing with a simple mix and pour gadget.These four items will enhance your preparation and enjoyment of fresh homemade salads. Let's look at them in more depth.


My salad spinner
My salad spinner | Source

Salad Spinner

A salad spinner is great for spinning vegetables to shake off the excess water after rinsing. Some folks even store the lettuce in their spinner in the refrigerator, but I prefer to use my lettuce crisper for storage.

It's amazing the amount of water the salad spinner throws off the lettuce leaves. I've also used my salad spinner for drying other vegetables. It's great for frozen vegetables, too. Do you ever get out a package of frozen veggies that has too much ice in the package? That's easy to fix. Give the frozen contents a quick spin in the salad spinner to knock off the excess.

If you've never used a salad spinner, you will be amazed at the amount of water left in the bowl of the spinner. Check out the video for a demonstration.


How to Use a Salad Spinner

How to Use a Lettuce Crisper

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I store lettuce leaves in my crisper to make them last longer.My Tupperware lettuce crisper. The sharp plastic piece is for inserting into iceberg lettuce.
I store lettuce leaves in my crisper to make them last longer.
I store lettuce leaves in my crisper to make them last longer. | Source
My Tupperware lettuce crisper. The sharp plastic piece is for inserting into iceberg lettuce.
My Tupperware lettuce crisper. The sharp plastic piece is for inserting into iceberg lettuce. | Source

Salad Crisper

When I was a child, my mom had a Tupperware salad crisper where she would put our iceberg lettuce. I liked to help, so I would take off the outer layer of the lettuce, cut out the hard center core, and then place the lettuce head on the pointy apparatus in the crisper that holds the lettuce in place. For those of you who remember how Tupperware lids work, you'll remember to press the tightly-fitting lid all the way around until it is closed. Then, lift up the tab to let the air out. You'll hear a light pop. Ah . . . . That's the sound of a great Tupperware container.

Several years back, I bought my own salad crisper. I generally use Romaine lettuce, but the crisper works on varieties other than head lettuce. I tear off the leaves and place them into the crisper until I'm ready to use them. I don't rinse until I'm ready to use the lettuce, as the water seems to make the leaves wilt and rot more quickly.

Tupperware Lettuce Crisper

Lettuce Knife

Whether you are cutting out the core of iceberg lettuce or are shredding lettuce into pieces, a specialty lettuce knife works perfectly to prevent lettuce from turning brown after being touched by a metal knife. .

This heavy-duty plastic knife easily cuts through lettuce. The utensil can be cleaned by hand, but it is also dishwasher safe.

This is the same type of lettuce knife my mom used when I was a child. I picked this one up at a garage sale. I love it!
This is the same type of lettuce knife my mom used when I was a child. I picked this one up at a garage sale. I love it! | Source
Homemade salad dressing mixer
Homemade salad dressing mixer | Source

Salad Dressing Mixer

A mixer with recipes written out right on the gadget is perfect for salad lovers. The one I have has recipes for Asian, Italian, French, and Caesar (my favorite type) salad dressings. It's easy to add ingredients, pour in the oil to the indicated line, and then mix the dressing with the included wisk-like mixing wand that goes up and down.

See the table for the kinds of dressings you can make in a gadget like this. It's fun and inexpensive to make your own homemade salad dressings.

Types of Homemade Dressings

Caesar Dressing
Italian Dressing
French Dressing
Asian Dressing
vegetable oil
vegetable or olive oil
vegetable oil
vegetable oil
grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese
sugar
ketchup
sugar
garlic cloves
garlic cloves
garlic clove
garlic clove
sugar
oregano
sugar
ginger
Dijon mustard
basil
Worcestershire sauce
soy sauce
black pepper
onion powder
white wine vinegar
rice vinegar
lemon juice
salt
 
 
 
white wine or balsamic vinegar
 
 
Salad dressings that are on my salad dressing mixer from The Pampered Chef. I didn't include the amounts but just wanted to give an idea of what tasty ingredients go into these dressing recipes.

Enjoy your salad!

Look forward to no more soggy, wilted lettuce leaves that turn brown! And there's nothing like experimenting with your own homemade salad dressings. With these must-have kitchen gadgets, you will enjoy your homemade, refreshing salads even more

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Victoria-

      Good presentation! I had no idea that lettuce turned brown after being touched by a metal knife. (Of course, I guilty about usually going to Kroger's salad bar instead of making my own also!)

      Very Informative! Up & Useful & Interesting.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vee.....I am a salad LOVER!! I have a spinner and a knife.....but I don't have a dressing mixer, because I use only Olive Oil and Red wine vinegar on my salads....always.... These are all great gadgets! Sometimes, I think I have too many kitchen gadgets and not enough space to store them!!

      Thanks, Vee.......UP+++

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Wow, this is interesting. We don't have any of these 4 items at home. I guess it should be in our next shopping list. Well formatted and presented. Voted interesting and useful.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rcrumple--If Kroger's ever has brown lettuce, you'll know why! LOL. Thanks for coming by!!! :-)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      V, my mom used to have a lettuce crisper when I was a kid and I had forgotten all about those...boy, that would have come in handy the other day! :) I love the salad spinner, they come in SO handy for all sorts of veggies. :) Great job!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer-- have too many gadgets, too, that I don't use!!!!!! I like to make or buy different salad dressings all the time. I just like variety that way . . . . The spinner and knife are great, aren't they???? Thanks, Eff!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I'm always avoiding gadgets because I have such a tiny kitchen but we do salads almost every day, so I may just have to splurge. I love the lettuce crisper!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      greatstuff--These gadgets are "great stuff" so you should get them. LOL!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Victoria, think our moms were the tupperware queens between the ice pop tupperware makers to the salad crisper, because yet again my mom owned this gadget too!! Loved your article and especially loved the video you included on how to spin a salad. Have voted and shared of course too!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      Awesome and so informative! I definitely did not know I could learn a thing or two about salad, but I sure did here! :) The spinner seems like a really effective gadget. If I get anything, it will be that one. Thanks for sharing Vicki! I am a sucker for salad. LOL

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You're right! "Must haves" for salad lovers (and fun too). thank you

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      Joana e Bruno 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Victoria, great ideas, believe it or not I had never heard of the salad dressing mixer... I know... weird... and it seems very handy... Voted up and useful and sharing! Take care...

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Extremely useful information, Victoria! When I was in culinary school, we used the Salad Turners all the time and the Lettuce did taste much better. On note about your recipes for different dressings, what I love about them is that they are simple enough to spice them up your own way :) Great Hub and great info.

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      GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Great hub. I do love a good salad and I've used a salad spinner before but have never tried a crisper or a specialty salad knife. I didn't realize the metal in a regular knife could cause browning. Thanks for the useful info!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TT--My mom had all kinds of Tupperware. The crisper was always great! Thanks for coming by!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love salad and am ashamed to say that I don't own ANY of these gadgets. I need to do something about that! Thanks for the great suggestions and tips.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      This all sounds great! I don't have a crisper or a lettuce knife, but I'll have to look for those at the next garage sale! :D The salad dressings - oh man, these look great! I do make my own a lot, but I want to try to make some Caesar dressing. Yum!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I love the lettuce knife and salad dressing mixer. I confess that my salads these days are what I call "on the hoof" - just loosely cut veggies to be finger-eaten. But when I do make more conventional salads, I like good tools and especially for making homemade dressings - the only kind to put in one's body - IMHO. You've given some good ideas!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Julie--if you like salads, you may have to make room fo the salad gadgets! LOL. Just sayin!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Janine--My mom had tons of tupperware! I remember going to Tupperware parties with her! Glad you liked the video. I did, too!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Josh--I love salad, too! The spinner is awesome. You would have fun with it. LOL!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Mhatter--Glad you thought it was fun! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      algarveview--I only came across the salad dressing mixer at a Pampered Chef party. I thought it was very cool!!!!!

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Very nice article. Wow, I wasn't aware that a metal knife turns the salad brown. I grow my own lettuce (mostly mesclun mix) and never seem to have a problem (it probably applies mostly to roman or iceberg lettuce). I always wash my freshly harvested salad straight away, spin dry it and put it in a huge plastic ice cream container. It keeps fresh in the fridge without problem for up to 5 days. I guess if you buy salad at the supermarket it's already been hanging around for days and therefore different rules apply.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      KD--Great comments! I appreciate your thoughtful input!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      GiblinGirl--You're welcome! I love the knife! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, random--You should get at least the salad spinner! Soggy salads are a thing of the past! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC--Yes, you should have these items, sis!!!! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nellieanna--I don't always take the time for a conventional salad, but when I do I just love it!!! Glad I inspired you!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      nova....It would take a day or so for the lettuce to turn color. The lettuce from the supermarket will last for a few weeks if stored well, so that's not too bad. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Very useful hub, must check out the salad crisper. Thanks for sharing.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Do it, Vellur! you won't regret it! Good to see you again!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My friend just mentioned that I need a salad spinner to make my salads. After reading your post, I am more convinced that this is indeed what I need. I didn't know there were special knives as well. Makes sense. Voted up.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for a wonderful informative hub.. I love all these gadgets, especially the salad spinner! I had never even heard of it but it sounds great. These are a must have for those who eat a lot of salad.. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--The spinners are great! You'll love it!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jamie--A salad spinner is awesome! I eat salad several days a week, so these gadgets are very helpful!

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      diplorging 4 years ago from Serbia

      I have never heard for salad spinner. It's so cool, I have to buy one. Thanks for this cool hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      diplorging--I love my salad spinner! I use it for other things, too!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hi Victoria, I love this hub. Reasons for it are as follows:

      I'm a huge salad eater. I think I eat one almost daily honestly.

      I really enjoy getting new gadgets. As big of a salad fan as I am, I honestly don't have 70 percent of what you mentioned. That has to change after this hub. I have been looking at salad spinners for awhile now and I need to go ahead and purchase. Voting up and useful!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kasman--You must get a salad spinner! Now that I have one, I can't stand not using it and having wet lettuce in my salads! You will love it!

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