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A Cool Trick for Prettier Vegetables

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Wilty greens in a stir-fry are delicious. Wilty greens in a salad? Not so much. Whether it’s a hearty slaw or light spring mix, this time of year I really crave that snap and crunch of fresh-as-can-be vegetables. And now I’ve found a way to guarantee my shaved salads will stay crisp.

In Saladish, New York–based chef Ilene Rosen’s recently released cookbook, she reveals a super-smart trick for turning vegetables into a feast for the eyes (as well as the stomach).

When shaving carrots, beets, kohlrabi, asparagus, or scallions lengthwise, place the curled pieces into a bowl of ice water. They’ll keep curly and crisp until ready to serve.

It seems simple, but so are shaved salads—you want to get the details just right. If you’re curious to try out a vegetable ice bath, here are 7 salads perfect for the occasion:

Asian Asparagus Slaw
Asian Asparagus Slaw
Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Almonds
Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Almonds
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing
Jerry Traunfeld's Root Ribbons with Sage

Jerry Traunfeld's Root Ribbons with Sage by Genius Recipes

Blackberry Farm's Zucchini Caesar Salad with Cheese Crisps

Blackberry Farm's Zucchini Caesar Salad with Cheese Crisps by Genius Recipes

Shaved Cauliflower, Fennel, and Beet Salad with Parmesan Dressing
Shaved Cauliflower, Fennel, and Beet Salad with Parmesan Dressing
Shaved Fennel Salad
Shaved Fennel Salad

Don't want a recipe? Then freestyle your own:

Crispy-Crunchy Shaved Salads for a Different Kind of Cold Snap
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Crispy-Crunchy Shaved Salads for a Different Kind of Cold Snap

What’s your best tip for ensuring a crunchy salad? Share below!

Tags: Vegetable, Spring, Tips & Techniques, Books, Turn Off the Stove