How long does salad last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does salad last in the fridge?”, how to store salad to make it last longer, and how to prepare romaine lettuce for vacuum-sealing.

How long does salad last in the fridge?

Depending on the type of salad, it lasts anywhere from 3-7 days in the fridge.

Refrigerator 
Past printed date 
Packaged lettuce 3-5 days 
Caesar lettuce (undressed) 3-5 days 
Green salad (dressed) 1-2 days 
Egg salad 3-5 days 
Chicken salad 3-5 days 
Tuna salad 3-5 days 
Potato salad 3-5 days 
Macaroni salad 3-5 days 
Pasta salad (non-mayonnaise) 5-7 days 
Fresh fruit salad 3-5 days 

How to make extend the shelf-life of salad?

Method 1: Preserving leafy gree salads 

Prepare 

Chop the root and core of the lettuce leaves and iceberg lettuce, respectively. Leave the trimmed veggies in a bowl full of cold water for about 10 minutes. Drain the water or repeat the process if the water looks muddy. Then spread the leaves onto a paper towel.

Dry the leaves 

Salad spinner is your friend when it comes to removing that last bit of moisture from the surface of salad leaves. Spin the leaves for 15-20 seconds or until completely dry. Alternatively, you can roll the lettuce leaves in paper towels and unroll them to find dry leaves.

Prepare and wash other ingredients 

Prepare the other veggies such as cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes. Peel and/or scrub the veggies. Then wash them under cold running water. 

Put everything together 

Combin all the salad ingredients in a container except the salad dressing. The heavier veggies such as tomatoes, and cucumbers go on the bottom and the leaves go on top of the container. Toss the salad in dressing just before eating it to prevent the salad from going soggy.

Use lots of paper towels

If the veggies have a low water content, you can get away with placing 1-2 paper towels at the top of the container. 

Otherwise, in the case of veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, etc, place a paper towel in between each layer of a vegetable. 

The paper towels will soak the excess moisture and prevent the condensation from wilting the veggies. 

Seal and refrigerate 

Make sure the salad container has a sound seal. After securing the container with a lid, refrigerate it. Open the container every alternate day to toss the salad, and change the paper towel if soggy.

Method 2: Keeping fruit salad fresh 

Prepare 

Preparation of the fruits includes steps like rinsing, peeling, trimming, cutting, etc. After rinsing, make sure to let the fruits dry by placing them on paper towels.

Use citrus juice 

Mix one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon, lime, pineapple, or orange juice with one cup of water and toss your oxidizing fruits in this mixture. 

Skip this step for non-oxidizing fruits like berries, melons, citrus, etc. Alternatively, you can dump the fruit in a bowl full of cold water before refrigerating it. This should keep the fruit fresh for longer.

Seal and refrigerate 

Put a lid on the container of the fruit salad container. You can also use cling film as a makeshift seal. Use your salad within 3-5 days of refrigeration. When you are ready to eat your fruit salad, drain the preserving liquid, and toss it in salad dressing.

Method 3: Preserving meat, egg, and pasta-based salads 

Use an air-tight container 

Put your chicken/tuna salad, egg salad, and pasta salad fresh, in an air-tight container or use a bowl sealed with cling wrap. Use your salad within 2-3 days of refrigeration. Refrigerate the salad within 2 hours of preparation. Toss it if it has been sitting out for more than 2 hours at 40-140F.

Do not store for more than 5 days 

Pre-cooked salad ingredients are often tossed in salad dressing such as mayonnaise. Such types of salads should not be stored for more than 5 days. The shelf-life of such types of salads depends on the shelf-life of the most perishable ingredient. 

How to prepare romaine lettuce for vacuum-sealing?

  1. Rinse the lettuce under cold running water. Chop the lettuce using a sharp knife. 
  1. Rinse the salad again but it is optional. To drain the excess water, pulse the rinsed lettuce in a salad spinner.
  1. Stuff the sterilized mason jars with chopped, rinsed, and dried romaine lettuce. Only stuff as much as you can finish in one go. Re-sealing is also an option but it ruins the freshness.
  1. Close the jar with a tight lid, followed by a wide-mouthed adapter.
  1. Seal the mason jar using a handheld vacuum-pack device. For this purpose, the hole of the adapter and the suction cup on the vacuum device should align. Alternatively, a vacuum-pack machine with a pipe to connect it to the hole in the adapter can also be used.

Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question “How long does salad last in the fridge?”, how to store salad to make it last longer, and how to prepare romaine lettuce for vacuum-sealing.

References 

http://www.eatbydate.com/vegetables/fresh-vegetables/salad-shelf-life-expiration-date/ 

https://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Salad-Fresh

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