The perfect summer salad should be crisp and fresh. No matter what type of lettuce you use, or what other ingredients go in the bowl, Martha Stewart has a handful of secrets to make the perfect salad. Pick up everything you need for That Good Salad or another one of our most popular salad recipes, and put together a salad that Martha herself would be impressed with. Here’s what to do!

Martha Stewart’s Top Salad Tips

You know Martha’s got the most practical advice for your home and kitchen. Is she the greatest of all time? She might be. The subject today is salads, and Martha’s got everything you need to know to make your salads as tasty as they can possibly be.

Here’s what you need to know before serving your next salad:

Soak your lettuce in ice-cold water and discard damaged leaves
Use a salad spinner to remove excess water from greens
Make your salad dressing directly in the bowl you’re using to serve
Add your other salad ingredients into the dressing to soak up the flavor
Add your lettuce last to avoid sogginess
Don’t mix your salad until right before serving

@marthastewart Here are my tips for creating a delicious, crisp salad. #saladtok #saladrecipe ♬ original sound – Martha Stewart

You know we can never get enough of Martha Stewart and her stellar tips. We’re still talking about her iconic Thanksgiving cocktail!

Tools for Making the Perfect Salad

You can’t have a thoroughly stocked kitchen without the right tools for the trade. As Martha mentions in her video, it’s important to own kitchenware that’s going to give your cooking the best edge. Here are some items you’ll need:

Large salad bowl: Using a small bowl can be far too messy. And the more you make, the more you can share!
Salad spinner: Like Martha said herself, this salad spinner is perfect for keeping your greens crisp. No one wants a salad full of soggy leaves.
Salad servers: Serving a salad with forks can make things far more difficult than they need to be. Use these salad servers for easy entertaining any time.

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