September is prime salad time, and our friends at Chef’n want to make sure you have the best salad prep tools on hand to take advantage of all the great greens and produce around right now. Five lucky Appetite for Health readers will each win a 2-piece Salad Essentials Prize Pack (a salad spinner and LeafShears, $25 total value) from Chef’n! Check out the contest details, below.
Even though it’s late in the summer, I am definitely NOT tired of salad! I hope you aren’t, either. Salads are pretty underrated in my opinion. Most people tend to think of them as something that goes “on the side” of the meal, but at my house, salads frequently ARE the meal. Topping a crunchy pile of greens and herbs with whatever veggies are in season/available in my fridge, and then adding a protein source (such as beans, tunafish, cottage cheese, chicken, salmon, diced ham, whatever protein leftovers I have around!) and a tiny bit of dressing means healthy meal with minimum fuss. Plus, my kids LOVE salad, so it’s never a hard-sell at my house (I know, I’m lucky in that respect)!
Let’s face it, salads are more fun to make when you have the right tools. I got a salad spinner for Mother’s Day a couple years ago (not as cute as the Chef’n one pictured at left though!), and frankly, I don’t ever want to go back to pre-salad spinner days. Draining rinsed salad greens in a colander works, yes, but it’s certainly not fun, and nobody can tell me that the greens get as dry and dressing-ready as the ones prepped in a spinner. Plus it’s just fun to spin the greens around in the spinner—my kids usually ask to do it but sometimes I manage to give the greens a quick spin before they even know what’s what!
Salad Spinner: Not all salad spinners are created equal, mind you. The Chef’n version features a unique lever system for super-quick drying, while the non-skid base keeps everything in place. The acrylic bowl even doubles as a serving dish for your salad (not having to wash extra dishes is always a bonus in my book).
LeafShears: Put away your knives and cutting board and let the LeafShears (pictured at right) do the work. You can just shear your greens and herbs right into the serving bowl with this great tool. Then just rinse it or put it in the top rack of the dishwasher.
So, if you’d like to try and be one of the 5 winners of the Chef’n Salad Essentials Prize Pack ($25 value!), here’s what to do: First, “Like” Appetite for Health on Facebook AND “Like” Chef’n on Facebook, too. Then tell us about your favorite fall salad combo in the comment section below. (If you asked me I’d tell you that I love roasted pears added to my fall salads…must add pears to my grocery list now…) Good luck, AFH salad fans!
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