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AkL Jan 6, 2010 06:50 PM

I know this sounds kind of ridiculous, but I have too much salad. The fancy stuff, mixed greens, arugula, etc. We had a party last weekend and now all the salad is left over, untouched. No dressing on it. Literally, like 5 containers full. It takes up the entire veggie bin of my fridge.

My question is, is there anything I can do with it, so it wont go to waste? How to store long term? Puree it into little cubes and freeze (like the Jessica Seinfeld/Sneaky Chef "hide veggies in your kid's food" thing)? Saute it? Or do we just give up and toss it?

  1. jeniyo Jan 7, 2010 10:16 AM

    at least you can make a pesto out of the arugula and freeze or saute or throw in soups.

    you should try a warm salad of caramelized onions, bacon, warm over cold greens. it sorta welts the greens so you make people eat more veggies as you toss in more green to compensate the wilting.

    i've never though about pureeing baby greens for a sauce but it sounds like a good idea.

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      Riatta Jan 7, 2010 05:00 AM

      Maybe a local soup kitchen would be glad to have it rather than throw it out.

      1. Cherylptw Jan 7, 2010 04:50 AM

        You can make a gazpacho out of it; I did this once when I had a ton of salad left from a catering...I know it's winter but you can still have say, a cold soup appetizer then a hot entree...another option is that once you process it like a soup, you could warm it through and use it as a sauce for topping chicken, pork etc,.

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        1. re: Cherylptw
          chef chicklet Jan 7, 2010 08:25 AM

          I guess this is possible we do warm basil and other herbs, puree them and use them as sauce on their own or to enhance other ingredients.

        2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 6, 2010 07:28 PM

          you can absolutely saute/wilt it, or add it to soup or pasta. this might help:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619266
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/677084

          1. chef chicklet Jan 6, 2010 06:55 PM

            have a soup and salad party this weekend? Or pizza and salad. Or, wraps?
            Watch a couple of good classic movies, and invite friends.

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