Tomato, onion, and lettuce salad with olive oil in a clear bowl
The First Thing You Should Do With Bagged Salad To Keep It Fresh
To keep bagged salad fresh, you should open it as soon as you get home and remove any wilted, browned, or slimy produce before storing the rest in the refrigerator.
Some leaves in bagged salads are more delicate than others and may have bruising, which can result in spoilage spreading faster throughout the bag.
As you inspect your bagged salad, use all of your senses to discern possible signs of spoilage. Wilted leaves have a different color, texture, and smell from fresh ones.
If some don't look right but aren't discolored, don't smell rotten, or feel slimy, you can submerge them in ice water for 5 to 10 minutes and spin them dry to try to revive them.
Once you're done, transfer your salad to a dry container. Remove excess water from the leaves with a salad spinner and store them in an airtight container lined with paper towels.
Place it in the crisper, checking that your refrigerator is set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Remember to eat the salad within a week.