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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  • 1124
    I love thai chicken salad. Its just enough flavors - 4/5/2009   12:29:07 AM
    At some point in June, I can make a salad of mixed greens - lettuces, spinach, arugula, etc - and strawberries. I get all this fresh at the Farmer's Market - the taste can't be beat!! Toss on some lightly toasted pecans or other nuts - delicious! - 4/4/2009   11:58:05 PM
  • 1122
    My favorite salad is organic shaved radishes and carrots, mixed greens, mandarin oranges, chicken, and raspberries, alfalfa sprouts and sunflower seeds. With a raspberry vinaigrette. I don't often have all the ingredients, but the combination of fruit and chicken is really good. - 4/4/2009   11:43:45 PM
  • 1121
    This is my favorite salad:
    salad greens, slices of granny smith apples, Trader Joe's Sweet and Spicy Pecans, and Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinaigrette.

    If I were making it just for me, I use about 1.5 cups of greens, half an apple, a heaping teaspoonful of pecans, and 2 Tbsp of vinaigrette. It's a good salad for company, too. - 4/4/2009   11:40:01 PM
  • 1120
    I like salads with spring greens and spinach. Red and green peppers are good too. Balsamic vinaigrette to finish.
    SF - 4/4/2009   11:03:09 PM
    My salads are quick, cost effective & easy. That said, I wouldn't mind making them a little more cost effective with this gadget.

    Every day for lunch I tear open a bag of pre-made salad and top it off with tuna or salmon from a pouch, boiled egg whites, celery and/or green peppers. For dressing I use a little lemon juice and salt-free lemon pepper (like Mrs. Dash). I love paying less than $3 for a huge, healthy salad as opposed to going to a restaurant and paying $7 or more for a less filling salad. Thanks for the contest! - 4/4/2009   10:09:31 PM
    I call mine Wing Ding Mexicali- tequila chicken wings- or - shredded white chicken breast left overs, romaine salad mx, bag of Mexican Vegetables, some Avacado, fresh salsa, a little dab of sour cream, a tiny bit of Ranch & a few toasted Tortilla (whole grain of course) chips with low fat cheddar= - 4/4/2009   9:58:42 PM
    I love mixed greens, black beans, corn, salsa and chedder cheese. I'm also a greek salad fan. - 4/4/2009   9:53:38 PM
  • 1116
    I love to bake chicken breasts with basial, garlic salt, pepper and a little rosemary then chop it up and put it in my salad with lettuce, carrots, onions, green peppers, (sometimes hard boiled eggs diced up) cheese, and fresh ground pepper with balsamic vinegarette dressing....soooo good! - 4/4/2009   9:08:30 PM
  • 1115
    I never win these things, but I'll share anyway.
    My favorite salad is a spinach salad with oranges sliced thin and walnuts and cranberries. A local deli serves it....sooooooooo goooooooooood. - 4/4/2009   7:12:03 PM
  • 1114
    My favorite salad is
    spring mix
    sliced cucumbers
    sliced tomatoes
    chopped celery
    sliced mushrooms
    sliced bell pepper
    grated carrots
    salad toppins 1 ttbs.
    lite ranch dresg
    yummy eat em up - 4/4/2009   5:46:52 PM
  • 1113
    My favorite salad is
    romain and ice burge lettuce
    grape tomatoes
    cucumbers, sliced pickled beets, and buffalo chicken strips on top.
    I use lite ranch, but blue cheese is best. - 4/4/2009   5:08:18 PM
  • 1112
    My favorite salad is a mix of lettuces (not too picky on the types), carrots, peppers, cucumbers, chopped tomatoes (really dislike the runny middle parts), mushrooms, strawberries, sunflower kernels, grilled chicken pieces, and a fat free raspberry vinaigrette. - 4/4/2009   4:18:46 PM
  • 1111
    My favorite is grated carrots, chopped apple and raisins with Miracle whip light. - 4/4/2009   2:32:05 PM
  • 1110
    I like cobb salad with avacodo and egg. - 4/4/2009   1:17:08 PM
  • 1109
    My favorite salad lately consists of 2.5 cups of organic spinach, half a cup of baked, chilled beets, 2 tablespoons of feta cheese, 2 tablespoons of garbanzo beans, 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds.
    It has just the right balance of color and crunch and I feel as if I'm having a spa salad. - 4/4/2009   12:46:02 PM
    My favorite is:
    arugula + steamed broccoli (cooled) + cherry tomatoes
    tossed in dressing of olive oil + lemon + yellow mustard + garlic + S&P - 4/4/2009   12:06:27 PM
  • 1107
    My favorite is a mix of spring greens, iceberg lettuce, red and green leaf lettuce, sliced cucumbers, sliced radishes, chopped carrots, chopped celery, a few thin slices of red delicious apple (peel on). Top it off with about 5 oz. of grilled blackened salmon and a couple of tbsps crumbled blue cheese. Add fat free catalina salad dressing (just enough to moisten). Top with crunchy croutons (toasted homemade from light wheat bread and a light coat of extra virgin olive oil). YUMMY! - 4/4/2009   12:04:39 PM
  • SALMI73
    Give me a spinach salad with Newman's Balsamic Vinaigrette topped with a little asiago cheese. - 4/4/2009   11:58:42 AM
  • 1105
    I love all of the above! LOL I always start with either the baby greens or romaine, then just add whatever is in the frig. I like to add a hard boiled egg and low sodium turkey to mine and some sunflower seeds for protein. I use fat free dressing and a large salad gets be through 2 breaks at work. I dont get a lunch. ;o) - 4/4/2009   11:50:00 AM
  • GERRYB56
    I like Romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red or green bell peppers, onion, spinach, black & green olives, feta cheese, parsley, garlic powder, olive oil & balsamic vinegar. If it's for dinner, skinless & boneless chicken breast or broiled fish on top ................................. - 4/4/2009   11:41:39 AM
  • 1103
    spinach, onion, feta cheese, strawberries, mushrooms, black beans, crutons, tomato, cucumber, avacado, apple, craisins, walnuts and with a squeeze of lemon juice! - 4/4/2009   11:23:51 AM
  • 1102
    I like baby spinach, lots of tomatoes, cukes, chickpeas, and thawed frozen mixed veggies. No dressing, as I really don't like vinegar & creamy ones are too high in calories. - 4/4/2009   11:19:25 AM
  • 1101
    Well, I don't make my own, but Wal-Mart's Ready Pac Cobb Salad is my fave, and I'm not big on salads. - 4/4/2009   11:13:28 AM
  • 1100
    My favorite combo is spinach leaves, lettuce, blackberries, feta cheese, pecans, salmon, and I can never decide on the dressing, something different each time. - 4/4/2009   11:09:57 AM
    We love a marinated salad. Cauliflower, broccoli, red onion rings, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, black and/or green olives, sliced water chestnuts. Mix 2 pkgs Good Seasoning Italian dressing and marinate the salad. Lasts a week (if there's any left). I add 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning. Very colorful and good for you! - 4/4/2009   11:03:37 AM
  • 1098
    Taco Salad - Shredded iceberg lettuce, a little lean seasoned ground beef, kidney beans, tomatoes and salsa as salad dressing. Yum Yum! - 4/4/2009   9:26:48 AM
  • 1097
    Greek salad -- with greek vinaigrette, baby spinach, banana peppers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and red onions. yum yum! - 4/4/2009   9:11:46 AM
  • 1096
    I love romaine and spinach leaves with sunflower seeds, pineapple, cauliflower, lots of onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, hard boiled egg, a little shredded cheddar cheese, and either balsamic vinegar or a fat free vinegarette. Quite yummy!!! - 4/4/2009   7:59:08 AM
  • 1095
    Who in SP does not enjoy a Salad? That is my mainstay meal.
    Usually Mixed Lettuce (that has bits of carrots and cabbage too), but I do enjoy Romaine, Spinach and I've done Kale as well.
    I sometimes mix broccolli, aspargus, or green beans.. what ever I have handy....and sometimes they are thrown in after they have been 'nuked'
    Cherry tomatoes (sliced in half) and I have chicken that I have season with a little hot pepper. Yummy!
    Some times I'll add parmesan cheese and depending the wetness of my salad I may use dressing or not..
    I enjoy my big salads and I like variety...everyday its an adventure.

    Going out to eat I have enjoyed a salad that had the dried cranberries and toasted pecans, a little blue cheese and the fancy greens. Delicious.

    - 4/4/2009   7:50:02 AM
  • 1094
    spinich, mixed greens, feta, onion, grilled chicken, green/red pepper and balsamic vinegrette! yumyum - 4/4/2009   7:06:26 AM
  • 1093
    spinach, pecans, fat free feta, raspberries

    with a dressing of a touch oil, apple cider vinegar, and a packet of splenda - 4/4/2009   2:09:38 AM
  • 1092
    spinach, iceberg lettuce, grilled chicken, a few sunflower seeds, a touch of sharp cheddar cheese, tomatoes and lite ranch dressing - 4/4/2009   1:17:09 AM
    I use veggie blend salad mix, either grilled chicken or a hard boiled egg for protein, cucmbers, green peppers, and Light Italian dressing. Sometimes I add raisins. - 4/3/2009   11:31:46 PM
  • 1090
    I forgot to add the hard-boiled egg to my steak salad, cut up into tiny cubes and mixed into salad. - 4/3/2009   11:13:49 PM
  • 1089
    I use fresh lettuce chopped up, chopped fresh spinach, Tomatoes cut up, fresh strawberries, reduced-fat blue cheese, cooked lean steak cut into small thin slices. Cucumber, carrots sliced julienne style, tossed with a few sliced almonds(sometimes I use pine nuts) toss together with Kraft light Raspberry Vingerette. The portion sizes vary depends on how much calories I have to work with. But this is my favorite salad. it my treat. - 4/3/2009   11:01:53 PM
  • 1088
    I love cranberries, apple, and pine nuts over my salad with a Newman's Own Lighten Up Balsalmic vinaigrette on top. Mmmm mmmm Good, my latest favorite! - 4/3/2009   10:30:41 PM
  • 1087
    I like to take some lean pork chops or chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces and place in a ziploc bag with about half a packet of low sodium taco seasoning and shake then spray a pan with olive oil pam and saute the meat until done. I make my salad from iceberg, romaine and spinach, chopped onion, cucumbers, red peppers, green peppers, broccoli and tomatoes. I warm some black beans and place over the greens, add the meat, sprinkle lowfat cheddar over that and slice an avocado or add a spoon of wholly guacamole. I make hidden valley fiesta ranch dip mix with lowfat sour cream but thin it with 1% milk for our dressing . If we have some baked tostito chips around, I'll crumble about 4 on each salad. If we have some yellow squash or zucchini, I'll chop a little of that in too - 4/3/2009   7:54:45 PM
  • 1086
    My 2 favorites are spinach & mixed greens with fresh strawberries, candied walnuts, feta & raspberry vinaigrette OR spinach, fresh peaches, toasted pecans and poppyseed dressing...yum! - 4/3/2009   7:50:19 PM
  • 1085
    I love salad with dried cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette, and candied nuts. - 4/3/2009   6:51:50 PM
  • 1084
    NURSE19861 beat me to the Broccoli Salad, so I guess I would do the same thing except substitute Califlower for the Broccoli (or add it to it) and some torn Romaine Lettuce, and frozen Green Peas. Its a combo of a layer salad I had in Indiana and the Broccoli Salad Nurse listed. - 4/3/2009   6:13:19 PM
  • GRAMME54
    My latest fave is a mediteranian carrot salad. Consists of grated carrots, freshly squezzed orange and lime juice, olive oil, cinnamon: all tossed together. Served with a dollop of greek yogurt and sunflower seeds sprinkled on top. Sooo good, even raw carrot "haters" love it! - 4/3/2009   5:31:43 PM
    One of the salads we enjoy is this one.
    For every cup of spinach
    Mix together - 1 hard boiled egg
    1 Tb. chopped onion
    1 Tb. low fat mayo
    and 1/3 cup of low fat cottage cheese
    Mix with the spinach. We grow our own spinach, so we usually have it a lot when it is ready in our garden. - 4/3/2009   5:17:02 PM
  • 1081
    I never get tired of mixed greens of iceburg and romane lettuce with cherry tomatoes, chopped bellpeppers, sunflower kernels, and cucumbers with olive oil and red wine vinegar. - 4/3/2009   4:23:49 PM
  • 1080
    Its hard to pick just one but I like fresh tomatos cut in wedges with chopped onion and cucumbers and fat free italian or vinegar and olive oil dressing with a little freshly grated cheese on top. - 4/3/2009   3:56:19 PM
  • 1079
    Fairly basic: spinach, romaine, tomatoes, raisins, sunflower seeds, chicken, cranberries, shredded cheese topped with Neuman's Sweet Onion dressing. - 4/3/2009   2:24:13 PM
  • 1078
    My most favorite salad that I love love love is Strawberry Spinach Salad w/poppy seed dressing! Mmmmm its good! Whenever I make it, people always ask me for the recipe! It's good and good for you! - 4/3/2009   12:53:43 PM
  • SECRET1315
    My absolute fav combination is baby spinach, baby greens, feta cheese, chick peas,manderine oranges, dried cranberries, sesame sticks, corn, shredded carrots, snap peas, pea's, and just a touch of spicy honey mustard dressing. - 4/3/2009   12:33:46 PM
    My favorite is butter-mix or Italian-mix lettuce, with miso dressing in a small cup on the side, feta cheese, glazed walnuts, cherry tomatoes, sometimes a couple of raisins and if it's for dinner, grilled chicken sliced up into bites. I eat it with chopsticks so I can get exactly what I want in a bite, and dip the tiniest edge into the dressing for flavor. That way every bit of the 'calorie-d' dressing is maximized for taste. - 4/3/2009   11:57:08 AM
  • 1075
    I like your basic salad. Lettuce, tomatoes, and my own homemade dressing. - 4/3/2009   11:51:02 AM

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