Faster, Easier Salads: 5 Tools To Help

Want to eat more salad? Then learn how to prepare all the ingredients faster! The following tools are our go-to kitchen essentials for quick salad making. They'll help you clean lettuce, chop veggies, and whiz salad dressing in no time.

1. Salad spinner: Probably the #1 tool for faster, easier salads! Yes, they're bulky but so worth it if you eat a lot of salad. We're particularly fond of the Zyliss spinner ($23 on Amazon). See our review here.

2. Vegetable Chopper: Let the tool do the work for you! We're huge fans of the Chef'n VeggiChop ($19.95 from Williams-Sonoma). It's a little mini food processor. See how it works here.

3. Mandoline slicer: It slices, minces, and juliennes, and speeds things up like no other tool! We like the classic Benriner version ($25 on Amazon). See our review here.

4. Dressing Jar: You can go the ol' fashioned and shake up your own dressing in a jam jar, or get a tool to do it for you, like the Prepara Dressing Whiz ($29.95 from Sur La Table) which'll blend and emulsify your dressing quickly and quietly.

5. Citrus Juicer: Speaking of dressing and drizzling, a citrus juicer is a huge help. We've always liked the Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer ($16.99 from Amazon). See our review here.

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Good Product: KitchenAid 3-Cup Food Chopper

What are your go-to salad making tools? Do you rely on a garlic press? Can you not imagine making a salad with salad scissors? Tell us!

Related: The Kitchn's 10 Best Salad-Making Tips

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