Ever notice all the different greens that make up “mesclun”? Mesclun, roughly translated from the Provençal dialect, means “mixture.” Many of the greens in mesclun mixes are available individually at the supermarket or at farmers’ markets or in your garden if you grow your own. This guide will help you identify some of our favorite choices for the salad bowl.
Wash and thoroughly dry greens just before use—dressing adheres better to dry greens and extra water dilutes the flavor of the dressing. We like to use a salad spinner: Add cold water to within 1 inch of the top of the bowl, fill the basket two-thirds full with greens and submerge in the water. Soak greens at least 5 minutes. (Repeat if your greens are particularly dirty or sandy.) Lift out the basket, discard the water and return the basket to the spinner. Cover and spin the greens until dry. Blot any remaining water with a kitchen towel.