The three tips below will keep your tossed salads lightly dressed, fresh, and crisp—without a bruised piece of lettuce or overly dressed leaf in sight.
1. Put the Dressing In First!
By putting the dressing in the bottom of the salad bowl you avoid dumping too much on top of the leaves. Instead, the lettuce will pick up the dressing as you toss it—a little bit at a time, as needed.
Use 2-4 Tbsp. of dressing for every 4 cups of salad greens.
2. Add Any Veggies and Greens
If you're using other ingredients—grated carrot or sliced radishes, for example, add them into the dressing. Then add the greens. The heavier items will pick up dressing and help coat the greens gently when you start tossing.
3. Use Your Hands!
Your hands are your best tools for tossing a salad gently but thoroughly. Hold your fingers as far apart from each other as possible and run them down the sides of the bowl to the bottom, lift up, bringing the greens that were touching the dressing on the bottom of the bowl to the top.