Red Leaf Lettuce

Avoid lettuce with leaf edges that are slimy or dark.  Lettuce lasts longer if washed when brought home.  Soak lettuce in a sink full of cold water, hand-stirring to loosen dirt.  Let sit a few minutes.  Drain and then dry lettuce in a salad spinner or blot with paper towels.  It must be dry.  Refrigerate for up to 1 week, loosely wrapped in a paper towel inside a plastic bag.

Mix textures, flavors, colors and food groups.  Always add salad dressing right before serving.