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The Salad Spinner With 33,000 Perfect Reviews on Amazon—It’s the Only One I Recommend

Welcome to One Simply Terrific Thing, our ongoing series highlighting the little kitchen tools and items that make life better.

Years ago, I heard legendary chef Alice Waters wax poetic about how she dries lettuce by hand with cloth napkins, careful not to damage a single leaf. As much as I admire Chef Waters' culinary skills, that could never be me.

Of course, the leafy greens in my house are treated with respect, but all drying is done in my OXO salad spinner ($29.99 for large). I consider it an essential kitchen tool that I pull out almost every day.

How I use my OXO salad spinner

The job of a salad spinner is simple: dry lettuce. This is an important task since the dressing will not stick if the leaves are wet. Plus, no one likes soggy lettuce. I have two ways to approach it depending on how dirty the greens are:

1. There is little obvious dirt on the greens: If there is little visible dirt, place the spinner strainer in the sink, add the lettuce, and run it under cold water, brushing away any debris with your thumbs. Next, shake the strainer, drop it into the spinner bowl, open the lid, and pump it as many times as necessary to dry the leaves. If you have a lot of lettuce, do this in batches, as the lettuce will not dry out when the bowl is full.

2. The greens are visibly dirty: If the greens are particularly dirty, put the salad spinner bowl (without the strainer) in the sink, fill it with cold water and add the lettuce. Spin the leaves and remove any dirt that will drift to the bottom of the bowl. Next, remove the leaves from the water and place them in the spinner's strainer. You may need to do this several times until the water in the bowl is clean. Then proceed as described above.

Simply Recipes / Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Accessories Stylist: Lydia Pursell


The OXO salad spinner isn't just for green salads

It's worth noting that a salad spinner is handy for many other produce beyond lettuce. It does a great job drying fresh herbs, dark leafy greens, shredded cabbage, broccoli, berries, and the list goes on. You can even use it to squeeze out excess water from cooked pasta, a great idea if you're making a pasta salad or cold noodle dish.

Ultimately, what I love about my salad spinner is that it makes it quick to prep greens. And having leafy greens on hand means I'm that much more likely to eat them: add kale to scrambled eggs, pile arugula on sandwiches, and make salads for dinner.

Another plus? Running the salad spinner is one of the most satisfying kitchen tasks and an ideal task to assign to children. I'd like to think even Alice Waters might agree.

BUY IT: OXO salad spinner

Simple recipes / Jen Causey


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