Why You Should Mix Salads with Your Hands

We’re just going to go right ahead and say it: you’re ruining your salad by mixing it with tongs. The best tool for mixing salad isn’t the pretty set of serving utensils you splurged on at the fancy home goods store. It’s your hands (and they’re free).

Yes, it’s messier to use your hands, but when you use utensils to toss greens, you risk bruising the leaves. Plus, by using your built-in salad tossers, you incorporate air into the salad mix, which helps to evenly distribute the ingredients and the dressing. 

Use your hands to plate the salad too, rather than letting it sit in the bowl you mixed it in, where it’s more likely to get soggy. It’s a simple step that will take your dinner presentation game to another level. 

Bonus: Use a large bowl to toss salad ingredients, starting with the dressing at the bottom of the bowl. The large surface area of a bowl allows you to coat the leaves and ingredients evenly with dressing.