I can eat spinach at every meal, except breakfast. Actually, I have added it to smoothies and juiced it for an energizing morning beverage. Most workdays, I make a huge salad with spinach and mixed greens, covered with every other veggie in my crisper. I add the healthy leaves to my dinner many nights to give the dish a boost of vitamins A, C, and K as well as iron, lutein, and calcium. I’ve tossed handfuls into everything from soups and stir-fries to pizza, eggs, and pasta.
My love for this leafy green would make Popeye proud, but there’s one thing that will make me throw a spinach-filled plate in the trash (uh, compost): dirt. Nothing stops my enjoyment of a meal more than grinding into some grit. So now that local farm-fresh bunches are in season, I thought I’d share this easy way to not get any extra vitamins and minerals from the soil with my salad.
- Clean your sink well, then fill it with cold water.
- Swish spinach around vigorously to shake off dirt or sand.
- Remove bunches from water before draining sink, and place in salad spinner.
- Spin, not to dry but to shake off any remaining dirt.
- Remove spinach and place on paper towels. Pat dry before serving. If storing, don’t dry; just wrap bunch in damp paper towels, place in plastic or cloth bag, and refrigerate your dirt-free leaves, which will last longer stored this way.
Do you have any tips for cleaning leafy greens? Please share below.