How to wash Red Leaf Lettuce
for salad preparation

How to wash red leaf lettuce properly is important to safeguard your family and/or friends from residual bacteria and other contaminants. All lettuces should be washed before use.

Step 1

  1. Choose a head of red leaf lettuce that has vibrant colours, no black or brown spots, and healthy looking leaves.

Step 2

  1. Using a sharp knife cut off the butt, about 1 - 11/2" up the stalk.
  2. Discard the butt.

Step 3

  1. Remove and discard the outer 2 leaves, plus any damaged or wilted ones.
  2. You don't need to wash what you won't be using.

Step 4

  1. Separate the red leaf leaves and place them in a large bowl of cold water for the wash.
  2. Be sure to submerge each leaf and swish them around a bit.

Step 5

  1. Remove the red leaf leaves to a clean kitchen towel or a few layers of paper towels.
  2. If you have a salad spinner - this works well to dry them.

Step 6

  1. Pat the red leaf leaves dry with a paper towel

Step 7

  1. Discard the wash water. You can see the grit we washed out.
  2. Now your red leaf lettuce is ready to be used in a salad.

Now that you have learned how to wash your red leaf lettuce, let's see what you can do with it.

Red Leaf can be substituted for Iceberg or Romaine in many salad recipes.


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