Avoiding these mistakes, you'll create a better tasting salad! Here, the common salad crimes you're likely committing—and how to do better.
- Not Drying--Washing your greens is a no-brainer but if you don't take the extra step to dry your greens, you'll end up with a soggy salad. Since fat and water don't get along, your dressing won't cling to your greens, either. A salad spinner is magic, if you have one. But if you don't, just place the greens in a single layer on a paper towel, and gently press a second towel on top to soak up the liquid.
- Not Seasoning--If you're the kind of person who just tops her salad with a drizzle of olive oil and a squirt of lemon juice or vinegar, you've got to add a pinch of salt and pepper to make those flavors pop or you'll have a blah salad.
- Overdressing--It's no secret that dressing turns a bowl of what might otherwise count as rabbit food into a delicious meal. Still, it only works its magic if you add the right amount. To strike the right balance, aim for 1 to 2 Tbsp. of dressing for every 4 cups of greens.