Easily Double the Life of your Lettuce with this Amazing Kitchen Tool

Salad Spinner: Easily Double the Life of your Lettuce

Use a salad spinner to help extend the life of your freshly cut lettuce. It’s affordable, easy to use, and gets the job done.

How often have you bought a head of lettuce just for it to go bad before you can finish it all? If you’re like me, you had that happen way too often. Maybe it’s because I am not very big on eating green stuff. Or maybe because I would forget it’s in the fridge. Maybe because I wasn’t storing it properly.

Or maybe, D: all of the above. For me, it was definitely all of the above.

That was, until my mother-in-law showed me the amazing salad spinner! It’s a wonderful tool that every kitchen should have if you use fresh greens.

The one currently available is slightly different than the one I have. It looks like they updated them to have a stainless steel bowl. But the color doesn’t matter as long as it still gets the job done. And let me tell you, this little thing is incredible! Anyone who knows my mom can tell you that she does not eat anything green. So we didn’t have salads often when I was growing up. I first saw one of these when visiting my in-laws and knew it was just what we needed.

The salad spinner has a way to clean, dry, and store your lettuce all in one. I used to cut up my lettuce and run it in water in a colander. Then I would lay paper towels out on the counter and let the lettuce dry there for a while. Sometimes it would take getting another paper towel out to pat the tops dry as well. Then I would transfer it to a bowl to store it, usually ending up at the back of the refrigerator until it was forgotten.

Originally Published On: March 6, 2018

Last Updated On: April 19, 2020

How to Use a Salad Spinner

Step 1: Clean the Lettuce

The OXO salad spinner comes in three pieces. The inner basket doubles as a colander. After chopping my lettuce, I use this to run water over the lettuce in the sink to clean it off.

Chopped lettuce being rinsed in the strainer basket of a salad spinner

Step 2: Spin the Lettuce

Now here’s where the “spinner” part of this comes into play. Once you have the lettuce washed, it’s full of water. If you leave it soaked, then the lettuce will get soggy and gross pretty quickly. So put the colander backset back into the bowl and put the lid on. Press on the pump to start spinning the inner basket, and you can watch the water flying off the lettuce and hitting the side.

Chopped and rinsed lettuce in a salad spinner
Woman's hand pressing the plunger of a salad spinner

Step 3: Drain the Water

The spinner gets most of the water off the lettuce, and it is held in the serving bowl. Then just remove the lid and pull the basket out to dump the water in the sink. This is how much I usually get off the lettuce during the first spin:

Water drained from lettuce in a spinner bowl

Step 4: Spin Again

I like to spin the lettuce a few times to make sure to get as much water off as possible. If there is a lot of lettuce in there, then it helps to mix it up a bit in between spins so different pieces make it to the outside to have the water pulled off of them. After I’ve gotten as much of the moisture out as I can, I like to quickly wipe down the bowl, so it’s dry. Then I add a piece of paper towel to the top of the lettuce to help absorb any remaining water before putting it in the refrigerator.

Step 5: Store the Lettuce

The salad spinner is great for storing the lettuce because you can lock the spinning pump down so that the top is flat, making it easy to stack other foods on top. Because it is see-through, you can easily see how much lettuce you have, and the container is big enough that you won’t miss it and forget about it.

Salad spinner full of lettuce in a refrigerator

When you are serving up your salad or other meals with lettuce, you can also use the outer bowl as an excellent serving dish by removing the lid and dumping the lettuce out of the basket into the bowl.

We have gotten so much use out of our salad spinner. We’ve had it for years and have had no issues with it. The boys love to help with the salad, too, because they find it fun to push the spinner. This had solved our constant battle of lettuce getting spoiled because we either lost it in the refrigerator or more often because it was still wet when it went in and got moldy very quickly.

Lettuce Recipes

While I can’t tell you how to like it better, since that depends on your tastes, I can tell you that there may be ways you can work on incorporating more lettuce and greens into your diet through new recipes. Here are some of my favorite recipes that use lettuce:

Asian Pork Salad in a white bowl on a bamboo mat with chopsticks next to the bowl
Asian Pork Salad
Ground pork cooked in a ginger and sesame oil sauce over a bowl of lettuce makes a great quick weeknight meal for the whole family: Asian Pork Salad.
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Salad in a bowl
Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing
You can truly “eat the rainbow” with this delicious Southwestern Salad topped with a quick and easy homemade avocado dressing.
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Easy Tex-Mex Bowl in a square white bowl with ingredients around the bowl and a towel in the background
Tex-Mex Bowl
Make something different for Taco Tuesday with this easy, delicious Tex-Mex Bowl. Great for a weeknight dinner or to bring for lunch.
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Hawaiian chicken wraps filled with bbq chicken, pineapple chunks, and lettuce in a flour tortilla over a bed of lettuce on a square white plate with a bamboo platter behind with round white bowls of cheese, lettuce, and pineapple all on a wooden surface
Hawaiian Chicken Wraps
Light and easy meals are perfect for the hot days of summer. Combine bbq with fresh pineapple for a delicious wrap everyone will enjoy!
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Where to Purchase

You can find a salad spinner in a variety of places. I believe ours was a wedding gift, so I’m not sure where it was purchased. They are available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, at Walmart, Target, and Amazon to name a few.

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23 thoughts on “Salad Spinner: Easily Double the Life of your Lettuce”

  1. All while growing up when we cleaned lettuce we would wash it and lay it on paper towels and pat it dry. I love salad spinners. They make things so much easier and quicker to prepare a healthy salad!

  2. We do have lettuce here probably a couple times a month. I don’t have a spinner but after reading that I can wash and store it that makes for a pretty convenient dish.

  3. OMG, Thank you for sharing this! I got a salad spinner as a wedding gift and to be honest it has sat in the cabinet not to be used. I never really knew the purpose, now I do! This is great! I get so annoyed that my lettuce goes bad before we can get through it, now I have a solution and can put my spinner to use. YAY!

  4. This sounds like a lifesaver!! Might have to purchase it. I eat plenty o greens (mostly spinah) and if I ever slack off my eating plan they die on me lol. Great idea!

  5. Thank you – I have been looking for salad spinner recommendations. I eat a lot of salad, especially from my garden, but I hate trying to wash and dry it. I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to find a good salad spinner!

  6. I know someone who would love this salad spinner. You gave me an awesome idea of what to buy on my next online shopping.

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