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To keep lettuce fresh all week, wash and dry thoroughly before refrigerating. Loosely wrap the leaves in paper towels, and place in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and store in the vegetable crisper. If the towels become damp during the week, replace with dry ones.
Transporting salads for meals on the go isn't a problem when they're tucked into pita pockets. Sliced turkey, sliced pears, crumbled blue cheese, and toasted pecans turn a package of gourmet greens and a handful of alfalfa sprouts into a take-along treat. Opt for wrapping these hearty sandwiches in wax paper rather than plastic wrap to prevent the bread from absorbing excess moisture.
Creative toppings can transform a simple salad into something special. Bake a pan of breaded chicken pieces, or roast those extra vegetables lying around in the crisper. Strips of leftover egg roll and wonton wrappers fry up in seconds, and they pair perfectly with the new Asian-flavored salad dressings.