I love eating salad. Love it. I do not love making salad. Do not love it.
When it’s summer I feel guilted into buying fresh red leaf lettuce and washing and drying it myself. Pain. Do not love it. So in the winter I give myself a break by buying the baby greens in a clamshell. Love it!
This is step one in making a simple salad easier. Just buy the damn clamshell of lettuce the odd time. I buy the organic, but whatever … you don’t have to.
But the real trick to making a simple salad realllyyyyy simple is the humble potato peeler. Yes. The potato peeler. Because the other pain in the ass about making a salad is slicing, dicing and chopping up other stuff to put in it. Because a bowl of lettuce is not a salad. It’s a bowl of lettuce.
So I always have a few salad ingredients in the fridge to make making a salad every night easy. And like I said before, what truly makes it easy is the potato peeler.
No more slicing, dicing and micing. (whatever … it rhymes) .
Grab your carrot (unpeeled) and slice it right into your bowl. The potato peeler gives perfect, even, slices of carrot. Maybe not such a shock, but a good technique not a lot of people use.
More shocking I suspect, is how well this works with an onion. I love red onion in my salad, but not big, crunchy hunks of onion the size of a Crayola crayon. I like petite, thinly, evenly sliced onion, the likes of which is almost impossible to achieve with a knife. A potato peeler will shave off beautiful thin slices of onion.
Throw in some feta cheese …
… and a handful of toasted pumpkin seeds.
See? It’s making a simple salad made simpler. I’m quite a wordsmith.
This particular salad is not a thing of beauty, but I don’t eat things of beauty everyyyy night so there’s no sense pretending I do. It tastes good and doesn’t create a stye in my eye at the thought of making it. That’s what matters.
The potato peeler works great for just about anything you’re going to throw in a salad. Cucumber, fennel, apples … you name it. So ditch the chopping block and knife and embrace the dirty old potato peeler with elastic bands on the end. You’ll never go back. (except when carving a turkey … at this point I cannot recommend a potato peeler for that … but I haven’t finished my experiments yet)