When I pack salad for a brown-bag refrigerated lunch, I don't dress it in the morning (it would be a disgusting slimy mess after a few hours). I don't put the dressing in a separate little container either (which usually leaks; plus, most of the dressing seems to stay in the container when I try to pour it out).
Instead, I pour the right amount of dressing down into one corner of the plastic container I'm packing the salad in. At lunch, I just mix up the salad and dressing and hey presto! a crisp home salad for lunch.
Is this a trick that everybody knows? It was a new thought to Rebecca, too, but maybe the world is made up of rolling epiphany waves and we're just on a different one from the rest of y'all.
"Rolling epiphany waves," I've got to use that in my everyday conversation someday! It's a great idea and I'd never thought of it before : )
"Rolling epiphany waves"---brilliant.
Does it not slosh around as you travel? I'm not sure I was ever gentle enough with my lunch to pull this off.
Good idea! I've had the same problem too...
Sara, I suppose it does. I'm not gentle with my lunch, per se. But it's not enough to coat the greens and make it inedible. I usually have to toss the salad when it's lunchtime in order to get the dressing where I want it.
This is a great idea! I pack my husband's lunch and usually pour the dressing over all--he's never complained of sogginess but maybe he's just being nice! I'm going to try your approach. The epiphany just rolled its way down here!
I have tried this in large mouth canning jars~ putting the dressing in the bottom and layering the salad with sturdier veggies ( carrots, beans etc) on the bottom and the lettuce on the top. A quick shake and the dressing coats everything just before eating. Enjoy your new found salad lunches. ~lisa
Lisa, that's an excellent tip. I think that would work better than the plastic squares I'm using.
I read about this trick on another friend's blog and I think it is genius! That salad looks yummy.
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