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.