If you're no big fan of salad-in-a-bag (or even if you are) and want a healthier, homemade alternative, there are plenty of ways to store lettuce for days—even weeks at a time, but this tip from the folks at Generation X Finance isn't just how to store lettuce, but how to keep a whole, seasoned, tasty salad fresh in the fridge for a whole week, ready to portion out whenever you get hungry.
This method is pretty close to one of my all-time favorites, the lettuce rolled up in a bath towel (although I use paper towels) method. In this case, you'll want to prep the salad as though you're going to eat it. Chop the lettuce to your desired size, give it a good rinse, and then run it through a salad spinner—this part is important, because moisture is the enemy of crisp lettuce. Put your lettuce into a nice big bowl, and drape a paper towel or two over the top so moisture doesn't settle on the leaves while your salad sits in the fridge. Cover the whole thing with a really tight seal of plastic wrap, and store. A little salt and pepper or seasoning can punch up the flavor—as long as you add it before serving! Salt draws out moisture, which is the enemy of freshness!
Plus, they recommend making sure to stir up the salad a bit every time you take some out, and replacing the paper towel if you notice it starting to get a bit damp—both steps will keep moisture away, help your bowl of salad last longer in the fridge, and save you money.
A fresh, tasty salad is a great way to get more leafy greens into your diet, whether it's a side at dinner or an impromptu snack when you're rummaging through the fridge, but I've found that bags of salad and re-closable plastic bins of salad both start to rot from the inside out pretty quickly. This method might be worth a shot. Do you have a favorite way to store lettuce—or a whole salad—to keep it fresh and crisp?