Contest CLOSED: Share Your Favorite Salad, Win an OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper Bowl

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There are two basic kinds of salad eaters: those who focus on aesthetics and those who focus on function. Those who favor aesthetics artfully slice pepper rings, scatter on dried cranberries and toss chunks of chicken atop large leafy pieces of greens. Each item is carefully placed on their canvas of greens. Theirs is a knife-and-fork salad, one that could grace any restaurant menu.

The functional salad carpenters chop lettuce into bite-size pieces, toss on chopped vegetables and shred their protein into forkable bits. Theirs is meant to be eaten not admired.

If you're in that latter category, you'll love our latest giveaway. We're giving away an OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper Bowl, a $27.95 value.

This large plastic salad bowl comes with a chopper, which resembles a double-bladed pizza cutter. It will chop any salad into small bites, guaranteeing a perfect blend of flavors in every bite. This gadget would come in handy for families or anyone who doesn't want to have to wield and knife and fork during the salad course.

This giveaway will run from now until noon on Monday, April 6, at noon. One lucky winner (sorry, it has to be someone living in the U.S. according to our rules) will get this salad bowl and chopper, plus another surprise gift. Remember not to comment on the rules!

To enter, leave a comment below. I want to know: What is your favorite salad combination? I never tire of pistachios, goat cheese and berries with red wine vinaigrette; chickpeas, red peppers and carrots with curry-yogurt dressing; and sautéed mushrooms and onions with thyme and goat cheese over spinach.

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My new favorite salad is Fruit Salad: spinach leaves, strawberries, mandarin oranges with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Easy and good for you! Report
I have gone through EVERY salad recipe here looking for one I saw made with bagged cabbage mix, diced cucumber & tomato and raspberry dressing but it had other things in it too that I can't remember. Anyone know what I am looking for? If not I will wing it. Add craisins, sunflower seeds etc. but it sounded so good. I thought I would remember it. Report
2 cups of Dole Very Veggie salad, 1 pouch of Starkist White Albacore Tuna, 1 T fat-free Miracle Whip, 1/2 c. of cooked medium pasta shells Report
I like fresh classic iceburg lettuce, with freshly grated extra sharp cheddar cheese, real bits of bacon, sliced hard-boiled eggs, onions, tomato, and black pepper drizzled with YOUR favorite dressing. Report
I really like salads, my favorite is mixed greens, with some baby spinach, low fat cheese and mushrooms, my favorite dressing is the fat free Dorothy Lynch, I do not use much of it for lots of flavors. I will toss in anything else I may have.
Donna Report
My favorite salad would be a garlic salad. It has big leafy greens, tomatoes, radishes, mushrooms, black olives, some put purple onion(yucky), olive oil, vinegar, garlic salt and garlic powder. Report
I love fruit in salad. Lately, what I've been doing is getting a bagged salad for convenience (one of the Dole salads), then adding chopped strawberries, apples, or a handful of blueberries. I'll toss in some warmed grilled chicken, which I often season with garam masala or other eastern spices during cooking; for some reason, I really love the contrast between cool leaves and warm meat. Yum! Report
Spring mix and romaine, a little wilted spinach.
Add veggie 'meat' strips (i prefer 'steak'), some shredded soy cheese, dried cherries, shredded carrots, toss with olive oil and lemon juice.

YUM! Report
I'm really liking a salad made by Fresh Express right now called Meditarrean Salad...It's spinach, feta cheese, a viniagrette (I'm not sure of the flavor) and a few croutons. Report
Leafy greens
buffalo grilled chicken
black beans
low fat cheese
ff ranch Report
Hey it's not noon yet. Yippee. I like salads with a bit of everything. Green green green. A bit arugala perks it up.. a few slices of avocado, tomato, mushrooms and yes some shredded cheese. I use Walden Farms no cal Balsamic Vinaigrette (oh and some cuke and radish) and love to eat my healthy salad. Report
I love salad-- I enjoy dark green lettuce
grap or cherry tomatoes
pepper strips
dried fruit: cranberries, apricots
feta cheese
mushrooms Report
Spinach, blue cheese, pears, walnuts, red onion, maybe a few artichoke hearts, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Report
my daily salad that I never get tired of:
curly endive, radicchio and romaine for the "greens"
green onion
dill (fresh when available)
white wine vinegar & drizzle of olive oil
assortment of herbs and spices or seasoned salt (I like Lawry's Garlic salt w/parsley)
cucumber, tomato, etc if on hand

Sometimes I leave out a dressing and just serve my main course right on top of the greens assortment. Report
I like a salad made with cole slaw veggies, shredded almonds, a mix of olive oil/water/spice from oriental Ramen noodles, and topped with the crushed Ramen noodles. Report
One of my current favorites is a mix of fresh baby spinach, a bit of romaine, red cabbage, grape tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, and sunflower seeds. Report
My favorite is: baby spinach, mandarian oranges, red onion, dried cranberries, walnuts with a light raspberry-walnut dressing Report
i enjoy fresh baby spinach with a fat free ranch dressing with a little handful of sunflower seeds and some shredded low fat cheese Report
My current favorite salad is Cuban Coleslaw. Take a bag of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots. Add two large diced tomatoes, the juice from two lemons and one lime, and a bunch of cilantro, diced fine. Mix it all together with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt an pepper to taste. Use more lemon juice if you want. YUM! Super good with grilled or baked fish, chicken breast or just by itself! And the best part is that you can get all the ingredients easily year-round! Report
I love spring greens and spinach, multi-colored peppers, edamame, radishes, cucumbers and sometimes, chicken breast or tuna with Nakano Balsamic Blend Rice Vinegar on top. Report
Romaine lettuce, carrot sticks, grape tomatoes, English cucumbers, red onion, almonds, with an avocado dressing including lime juice, chipotle seasoning, garlic, onion, and flavored vinegar - all wrapped in flatbread - YUM!!! Report
chopped kale, seasoned w/ red pepper &teriyaki,microwaved for 2 min., then toss cold romaine, celery, carrots, avocado, and apple and mandarin orange slices, topped w/ pecans or walnuts and drizzled balsamic vinegar Report
My favorite salad is Romaine lettuce, radiccio, baby spinach, bell pepper, green onion, grape tomatoes with grated parmesan and small amount of bacon bits. I love the Spritzer dressings as they have lots of flavor without all the calories and fat of others. I sometimes use a homemade salsa for a dressing. Report
My favorite is Spring Mix, iceberg, baby spinach, cucumber, tomato, boiled egg, dried cranberries, mandrian orange slices, cheddar cheese, and balsemic vinegarette dressing. YUM! Report
My favorite every-night salad has romaine,spinach and radichio to add a snap of flavor. Add coursely chopped red onion; gently hard boiled eggs'sliced; black
olives and mushrooms with halved cherry tomatoes. Dash with Balsimic Vinigarette. Enjoy a soup bowl helping to help start that full message to your brain! Report
my favorite is called salad shirazi its a persian salad and is so easy to make.
1 cup of diced cucumbers
.75 cup diced tomatoes
.5 cup diced onions
mix together in a bowl with .25 cup of balslamic vinegar and a tablspoon of olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste.
I like spring mix salad with cukes, peas, colby jack cheese, grape tomatos and if I have them, sunflower seeds. My dressing of choice is zesty italian, but just a little! Report
Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions with a light rasperry vinaigrette dressing.
Nothing fancy for me. Report
romaine, spinach, cherry tomotoes, walnuts, mandarin oranges, carrot strips, fresh mushrooms, grilled chicken breast, maybe some chopped boiled egg, nice flavored vinegarette dressing or reduced-cal ranch..............mmmmmmmmmmmm - or my niece's fresh tomato salad which is pretty much just fresh tomatoes, sliced onions, olive oil, and i'm not sure what else, but it is HEAVENLY!!!!! Report
Another favorite: greens, avocado, orange sections, sweet onion, almonds, Paul Newman's Asian low-fat dressing

I like asparagus cooked al dente and cooled. Serve on a Bibb lettuce leaf with a dressing of yogurt, mayo and curry powder. Report
One of my favorite salads: Fill a large bowl with greens. Add a good amount of tabbouleh. Add some ripe olives, some pepper strips, some cherry tomatoes, and some feta cheese. If it seems a little dry, you can add a little olive oil/balsamic vinegar. This has many food groups in one serving. Report
A new favorite: romaine, spinach, craisins, carrot slivers, almonds, and balsamic vinegrette dressing! Yum yum! Report
romaine lettuce, spinach,green,red and yellow peppers,red onions,brocolli,cauliflower,raspber
ry walnut vinagrette Report
2 c romaine, 1 c spinach, 1/4 c dried cranberries, 1 sm. box rasins, 1 string cheese cut into little circles, 1 sm tomato, 1/2 c cucumber with peel, 1/3 c brown rice, 10 almonds (crushed) and 2 tbsp Newman's light balsamic vinniagrette dressing. All in one bowl, YUM! Report
If I could build the BEST salad regardless of cost/time:

100g green leaf (that's a lot!) shredded
40g OSO Sweet onion rings cut in half and separated
1/4 cucumber, sliced (preferably grown at home)
6 grape tomatoes, halved (preferable grown at home)
1/4c. plain cooked red beans (preferably cooked at home)
15g Rothbury Farms fat-free croutons
2T Homemade Vegan Spicy Honey Mustard Dressing (grape seed veganaisse base)

Serve with something pickled on the side! (spicy asparagus, tangy sweet red pepper, actual dill pickles without yellow dye, button mushrooms if you got 'em!). Report
my favorite salad combination is deep green leaves, spinach, eggs, cheese, grape tomatoes, sun flower seeds, english cucumbers & ranch on the side Report
I love any kind of salad. My favorite right now is spinach, sliced cucmbers, sliced red onion, craisins, grape tomatoes with light balsamic viniagrette and croutons. Report
Amazing Brown Rice Salad

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup long grain brown rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Let the rice cool and then add 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1/2 cup diced celery, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup balsamic vinigrette dressing, 1 tablespoon sugar. Refrigerate. I divide mine into 4 servings so they are ready to grad at suppertime. 302 calories per serving. Report
My favorite Salad right now is Spinach & Romaine tossed with some basalmic, olive oil, 1 cut up Orange, and some dried Ancho chiles (coursely ground)! I am addicted to this combination especially now that I am cutting out all the fat stuff, it's nice to get a flavor explosion in this way! Report
I'm afraid I'm not fond of "foo-foo" salads with all those colorful mixed leaves. Too many tastes in what I consider the platform for the REAL salad ingredients. I'm also not much on adding fruits and nuts although I'm beginning to use pumpkin seeds. I'm a basic salad person.....cucumber, tomato, celery, onion, some type of meat or protein. I'm beginning to try some new things like avocado, green olives, and beans. Always fat free balsamic vinaigarette from Maple Farms....can't beat the flavor with 0 calories and fats! Report
I love eating iceberg combined with romaine lettuge and fresh spinach leaves, green olives, shredded carrots, sliced mushrooms, diced tomatoes, hard boiled egg wedges, shredded cheddar and pepperjack cheese, crutons, sliced grilled chicken, and last but not least the dressing can range from plain ranch, spicy ranch, or even blue cheese! Report
Romaine lettuce, baby spinach, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, banana peppers, hearts of palm, beets, pumpkin seeds, black pepper, "Light" Asian Toasted Sesame dressing Report
Chef Salad if one of my favorites! I also add frozen peas. Report
Baby spinach and romaine, chickpeas, black eyed peas, cherry tomatoes, red onion rings, sliced black olives, a sprinkle of feta cheese, and a tablespoon of viniagrette. Meal in a bowl and FAST! Report
Apples are always a good addition. Report
I love a salad with romaine lettuce and spinach, baby tomatoes, a little feta cheese, dried cranberries or raisins or even tangerine pieces..Yum!!! Report
My all time favorite is fresh spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, strawberries, low fat or fat free feta, and a fat free raspberry vinegrette. YUMMMM! Report
I like green leaf lettuce, celery, baby carrots, zucchini, sugar snap peas, feta cheese or walnuts with Greek style light dressing. I love it all chopped small, so I would love this prize! Report
I love fresh cut red leaf, frizee and romaine, I add capers, sun dried tomatoes and peperoncini or jalepenos. Add some green or red onions and some lemon or lime juice and some soynuts or sunflower seeds. Sometimes I add radishes to the mix as well. Report
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