How to Dry Lettuce Without a Salad Spinner

One-off kitchen items — like salad spinners — are expensive and clunky, taking up cupboard space that could be used to store even more dark chocolate. Here’s an old-timey trick I use to wash and dry salad greens:

Equipment needed:

  • Dark leafy greens (as many as you want)
  • One pillowcase (organic cotton without dyes if you have it, but any pillowcase will work!)

Wash your greens as you normally would. Shake them a bit dry in the sink. Then stuff them in the pillowcase, walk out to your backyard, and whip the pillowcase overheard in circles. All the water will come flying off. Done.

Do you have any other salad drying tips? Leave them in the comments!

By Laine Bergeson, from Experience Life

Image credit: Roger H. Goun via Flickr

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118 comments

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Dale O.

This should be entertaining as I had mentioned earlier on just to: "...walk out to your backyard, and whip the pillowcase overheard in circles. All the water will come flying off."

I can then multitask when the water goes flying off when it is -35 to -40 as the water changes into mini ice cubes. A double bonus, both having salad and also cold mini ice cubes for iced tea! Don't tell me that the salad froze on the trip to the door? Back to the drawing board perhaps.

The spinner is not such a bad idea after all and one can always store that chocolate/ hot chocolate recipe and the ingredients inside the spinner when it is empty so it won't take up a lot of space after all.

Jane R.
Jane R.2 years ago

I just prepare the lettuce way ahead of time before putting the salad together. I wash the lettuce then put it on paper towels, pat some of the water off, then put it on more paper towels and leave it air dry. Works great and not much work.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Andromahi Dendias
.2 years ago

Thanks

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

PrimaSICK B.
PrimaAWAY B.2 years ago

Thanks

Rachida El Kaddioui

I wonder how my grandmother dryed her saladleafs, can't ask her anymore, but maby she had used also a pillowcase, because la ettuce dryers is a modern equipment.
P.S if you don't have a backyard you can do it in the bathroom or on your balcony!

Teresa Garcia
Teresa GarcĂ­a2 years ago

Nice tip! T Y :)

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)