Photography by: Jason Hamilton
It's a hot summer's day, you're tucking into a nice crisp salad, delicious homemade dressing, organic leaves, juicy tomato, ripe avocado and then you bite onto a piece of sand or grit. You don't want to offend your host so you eat the rest of the salad with quiet caution instead of enjoyment. It does not mean your host is an unhygienic cook, it simply means they didn't wash the lettuce properly.
Some people shake the dirt off their lettuce, others wipe it and others simply run it under water. None of these methods will eliminate all of the grit, dirt or soil. The only way to ensure that all of the dirt comes off is to wash it in a sink or bowl deep enough to allow the lettuce to float and the dirt and grit to sink to the bottom and then lift the lettuce out. Never pour the water and lettuce into the strainer as you're just pouring the soil back over the lettuce.
- Fill the sink or bowl with enough water to allow the lettuce to float.
- Allow the lettuce to sit in the water for a few minutes.
- Agitate it occasionally to loosen the dirt.
- Lift it out of the water and into the strainer.
- Spin in salad spinner.