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What Does a Salad Spinner Do, and Why Do I Need One?

Updated on April 17, 2014

I love eating a nice fresh salad from the garden, but washing and drying the lettuce leaves are a royal pain in the neck, that's why a Salad Spinner is such an ingenious idea. Works very much like the spin cycle on a washing machine.

It's simple science really, put your washed lettuce and greens in the inner basket which spins around forcing the water into the outer bowl by centrifugal force. But this design of the OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner has gone through many designs including a crank handle, levers, and a pull cord.

The pump action spinner not only works the best but it's fun! You might even get your kids to help in the kitchen.

Do I Really Need ANOTHER Kitchen Gadget?

Yes, I have to ask myself the same question. I have a cabinet full of Pampered Chef, State Fair Salsa Maker, mixers, George Foreman, and a dehydrator (plus other random "stuff"). The Salad Spinner will take up valuable real estate in my cabinet. But, if I use it on a regular basis then it will sit on my kitchen counter. Then I will need to put the dehydrator away.

But a salad spinner is my key to eating healthy this summer, to eating natural and maybe it will even help me lose weight. I'm really pushing it here ain't I?

I have committed to my garden, and am going to plant a row every week for 3-4 weeks so I can have fresh lettuce all throughout the summer. Last year I washed and dried the lettuce with paper towels, what a hassle. So this year I AM going to buy a Salad Spinner. That is if my kids don't get me one for Mothers Day.

Fit & Fresh Salad Shaker Reusable Plastic Container with Dressing Dispenser and Ice Pack, Healthy Lunch Box Set, 4-Cup Capacity, BPA-Free
Fit & Fresh Salad Shaker Reusable Plastic Container with Dressing Dispenser and Ice Pack, Healthy Lunch Box Set, 4-Cup Capacity, BPA-Free

Pack a salad for lunch in this Salad shaker container. I love mine. The ice pack keeps the lettuce crisp and cool without refrigeration and the dressing dispenser is ideal for a light lunch.

Chef'n Emulstir 2.0, Salad Dressing Mixer
Chef'n Emulstir 2.0, Salad Dressing Mixer

Make your own tasty salad dressing with this combination salad dressing carafe, emulsifier and mixer.

This Emulstir comes with a book or recipes to fix your own custom salad dressings. Get creative, step outside the box and try a honey mustard, or basil balsamic dressing.


Salad Spinner Reviews and Videos

Don't take it from me why you should have a salad spinner, watch these in action and you'll be finding space in your kitchen cabinet.

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Thanks for stopping by, drop me a note on your favorite home made dressing. I might just compile them together in a recipe article.

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