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How to Bring Salad to a Potluck

Salads don't travel as well as other dishes, especially when the greens are doused in dressing or vinaigrette. When bringing a salad to a potluck, prepare all of the elements in advance. Assemble the salad later upon arrival at the dinner. To avoid a soggy salad use the following technique:

  • Always wash the greens and lettuce. Even if you purchase a washed bag of greens there are so many recalls these days, it's best to take the time and wash them.
  • Throughly dry the greens in a salad spinner, colander, or with paper towels and place in the serving bowl.
  • Chop or dice the vegetable elements. Store in separate containers or plastic baggies and place on top of the lettuce in the bowl.
  • If using an ingredient that browns easily — like avocado — wait until the last minute to cut it.
  • Make the dressing or vinaigrette and store in a small Tupperware. Place on top of the salad greens.
  • Cover the entire bowl with plastic wrap or foil, grab your salad tongs and head out to the party.

Got a tip for keeping salads fresh for potlucks? Please share with us below!

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Xandara Xandara 7 years
This seems like it should be common sense, but I admit I've never thought to prep a salad and store/transport it this way. Very interesting!
JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
Nothing like a great salad.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 7 years
that reminds me, time to bring muffins for my next class lunch! chocolate anyone?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 7 years
i do this for school lunches and tsuff, im always the salad girl :) ...and recently the muffin girl! :rotfl:
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I always make the dressing a couple of days in advance. Tastes so much better when the flavors marry.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years
Thanks for the tips. :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
Is your tupperware from Ikea!? I think I have the same kinds ;)
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