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Using mandolin - watery salad.

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Aimee Apr 5, 2010 08:09 AM

I sliced some fennel and radishes using a mandolin. They came out paperthin and beautiful, but the salad was sort of watery. I dressed it with some salt and pepper and lemon and olive oil. Should I have salted or drained the vegetables first?

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  1. bushwickgirl RE: Aimee Apr 5, 2010 08:32 AM

    Interesting. Both fennel and radishes are not particularly "juicy" vegetables, unlike cucumbers or tomatoes. I guess draining would be the way to go, if liquid pools at the bottom of the container. Or salting and draining, in the fashion of cucumber salad or coleslaw, the result, though, being lose of crispness.

    Are you sure the "watery" aspect wasn't just your dressing?

    That's a new one on me.

    1. greygarious RE: Aimee Apr 5, 2010 08:40 AM

      This is just a guess: the wording of your post suggests that you put S&P directly on the vegetables rather than into the lemon and oil. That MIGHT have burst the cell walls of the thin slices. I'd suggest you try making the dressing separately before tossing, and see if that makes a difference.

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        c oliver RE: greygarious Apr 5, 2010 09:00 AM

        Good suggestion, gg. I sliced fennel many times with the mandoline without that result. It does sound like the salt is the culprit.

        BTW, was that the entire salad? It sounds great and something I want to try.

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          scubadoo97 RE: c oliver Apr 5, 2010 04:53 PM

          There is no question the salt pulled the water from the veg

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            Chemicalkinetics RE: scubadoo97 Apr 5, 2010 05:41 PM

            I wonder if this is the same as salt induced cell lysis. :P

            http://www.springerlink.com/content/x...

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          Aimee RE: greygarious Apr 5, 2010 06:17 PM

          Thanks everyone. That's exactly what I did - I didn't even think about it. I threw in salt and pepper and olive oil. I also sliced in some orange and a little cheese, but it was watery before the orange. Next time I'll make a separate dressing.

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          tastesgoodwhatisit RE: Aimee Apr 6, 2010 04:36 AM

          I just dress it right before eating; the salt will leech out the moisture if you let it sit to long.

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