The Secret to Clean Greens

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. Iíve 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 thereís 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 Iíd 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.


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Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago


Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Thank you for tips.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

I agree, fresh organic spinach is grown in sandy soil(for good drainage, which it needs) and if not properly washed, one will get a mouth of grit. I also like the suggestions of others who wash in a bowl and recycle the water.

I practice water conservation in all my habits-never let the sink run while brushing my teethe, When I wash the dishes, I put all the soapy dishes,washed dishes on the other side of the sink. Then rinse all of them at once instead of rinsing each piece separately. My showers are rarely more than 10 minutes. I put a brick in the tank of my toilet(fills the same with less water).

Barbara Gruenwald

I find it easier to wash the greens in a dish pan. The water can then be take outside to water a thirsty garden plant. There's a major drought happening and using cleaning water for thirsty flowers and shrubs is important. We also use steaming water, after it cools, for house plants.
Recycling isn't just for paper and plastic, water is a precious resource.

Hanna Sjoberg

Thanks for sharing your tips!

Rosie Jolliffe
Rosie Lopez5 years ago

thank you!

wchi wink
.5 years ago

Only ORGANIC spinach though! i love spinach almost as much as arugula...
Would love to be able to grow my own!

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

thanks for the tips.

Latonya W.
Latonya W5 years ago