After washing greens
, it is important that they are dried properly or if they are damp from moisture applied at the market. If the moisture is not removed, the wet greens will produce a soggy salad and affect the consistency of the dressing when it is added. If greens are stored when wet, the moisture will also cause them to deteriorate faster. See the drying information below.
- Place washed greens in a colander and allow water to drain off.
- Place several layers of paper towels down on a work surface and place the drained greens on the paper towels. Using more dry paper towels, pat the greens dry. Pat the greens carefully so that they do not become damaged.
- A salad spinner may also be used to dry the greens. When spinning greens dry, do not place too many greens in the spinner at one time. The greens will dry faster and it will prevent them from crushing each other.
- When the greens have been thoroughly dried, they are ready for use or they can be stored by wrapping small batches in dry paper towels and placing them in a resealable plastic bag. Do not over pack the greens so they will have room to spread out.
If washing just before using in a recipe that requires steaming or boiling of the greens, it is not necessary to dry them.