How To Dry Lettuce Leaves

No Salad Spinner? No Problem.

I don’t have a salad spinner. I don’t want a salad spinner. I don’t have room in my kitchen for a salad spinner. So what’s a girl who loves her salads to do? Do it free, do it fast, and do it the Misky way!

Misky Method: Rinse your lettuce leaves in very cold, icy water for 2-3 minutes. the water should be cold enough to shock the little darlings and cold enough to make your hands ache from the iciness. It will crisp the leaves up like you never thought possible. Drain them, cut or tear into pieces, and then lay them in a large tea towel.


Now roll the towel so the lettuce is in the middle of the roll, and the towel forms a sausage shape lengthwise.


Twist the ends closed, and now grab both ends of the towel with one hand. Go outside, and swing the towel around in large sweeping circles about 10 times. The centrifugal force of spinning the towel around in big circles ‘pulls’ the water off the leaves into the towel. You’ll be amazed just how wet your towel is afterward.


And all done! The unbruised, dried lettuce leaves are ready for your salad dressing.


So are you a salad spinner gadget person or a towel spinner? Do you have a favourite kitchen tips you’d like to share? Your comments are welcome below!

20 thoughts on “How To Dry Lettuce Leaves

      1. To be honest, I’ve not been all that adventurous as of yet, so some form of vinegar/oil combo usually does the trick, with some mustard if I’m feeling devil-may-care!

        Any recommendations?

  1. Completely perfect, i often then pop the whole thing tea towel and all into the fridge to wait for dinner.. the damp towel keeps them extra crispy.. where have you been Misky, i missed you!! Or has my inbox been up to trickery again! c

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