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Cookbook and OXO Salad Shaker Giveaway

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So to kick-off National Salad Month, I thought I’d throw a little giveaway. That’s right, ME, and GIVEAWAY in the same sentence. Who knew?

OXO was kind enough to send me one of their nifty Salad Shakers to try out and review, and an extra one to give away!

I also picked up the book Mediterranean Fresh: A Compendium of One-Plate Salad Meals and Mix-and-Match Dressings by Joyce Goldstein, just to sweeten the package.

Let’s talk about the cookbook first.

I loooove this book; it has creative salads and oodles of dressings in every combo you can imagine.

It has salads with meats, beans, pastas, and regular ol’ veggies. The dressing section is split up into different parts too: Vinaigrettes, Citrus Dressings or Citronettes, and Creamy Dressings That Double as Dips.

I chose the “Belgian Endive, Radicchio, and Orange Salad w/Mint Vinaigrette” salad to test out my salad shaker. Here we go!

Ingredients for Mint Vinaigrette
    INFUSION: 

  • 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 C mint leaves
  • DRESSING:

  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 C fruity olive oil
Instructions for Mint Vinaigrette
  1. For the infusion, combine the 1/4 C lemon juice and the fresh mint in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Let steep for about 10 mins. Strain into a mixing bowl.
  2. For the dressing, combine infused lemon juice with remaining ingredients into your OXO salad shaker and SHAKE-SHAKE-SHAKE! (The OXO Salad Shaker can only hold up to 1 1/2 C of liquid, so I cut this recipe down when I made it. But I’ve listed the full recipe here.)

(This recipe makes enough for 6 salads!)

Ingredients for Belgian Endive, Radicchio, and Orange Salad
  • 3 small heads Belgian Endive
  • 2 medium or 3 small heads of Radicchio
  • 1/2 C fresh mint leaves (I omitted these because while I love mint flavor, I don’t like chewing on mint leaves)
  • 3/4 C mint vinaigrette
  • 3 Blood (or Cara Cara, or Navel) oranges, segmented
  • 1/4 C thinly slivered mint leaves for garnish, (optional)
Instructions for Belgian Endive, Radicchio, and Orange Salad
  1. Remove the root ends from the endive and separate the leaves.
  2. Cut the radicchio heads in half and pull apart the leaves. Wash and dry thoroughly.
  3. Toss the endive, radicchio, and the mint leaves with the vinaigrette. Distribute among 6 salad plates and top with orange slices.

The best part about this salad shaker is… well, everything. First of all, it’s BPA free, and even better: it’s dishwasher safe! You have no idea how much I loathe washing dishes.

It twists apart so you can pour your ingredients in. (Also, not shown in this picture because the bottle was turned, it has measurements on the side. One side has Cups, and the other has mL/oz).

Then when you’re ready, you screw the top back on, and SHAKE IT UP! It even has this neat little rubber stopper top, so NOTHING spills out until you pull back on it and pour it out.

To test the durability, I really shook this thing up, and I didn’t spill A DROP. Neat! All of the ingredients were well emulsified and distributed throughout; there were no chunks of honey left floating around. And the measurements on the side are handy for following recipes. And again, dishwasher safe.

I never thought of owning a salad shaker before. Usually I just stir something up in a bowl; but this OXO salad shaker is really handy. Now that I have a few days worth of dressing in my refrigerator, I’m way more likely to have salads because half of the work is already done. I just give it a couple of shakes before using, and boom: salad time.

Armed with the OXO salad shaker and Goldstein’s book, I’ll never eat or serve another boring salad ever again. And neither will you, if you win!

 


 

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

1 – What’s your favorite salad dressing? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it! (Make sure to leave your email address so… yknow, there’s a way to contact you, if you win!)

For extra entries, leave a separate comment for each of the following:

Contest ends Saturday, May 5th, at 10pm PST. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

Contest is now closed. The winner has been contact via email and has 48 hours to confirm before another winner is chosen!

Fine print: OXO sent me two salad shakers for free: one I could use and review, and one I could give away; my opinions are my own. As for the cookbook, I paid for that myself to give away as an extra treat; again, my opinions on the cookbook are my own as well. The winner will be contacted via email on Sunday, May 6th at 10am PST. If said winner does not respond/confirm within 48 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen.


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  1. amy marantino says:

    my favorite is ranch, with some horseradish mixed in.

  2. amy marantino says:

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  3. amy marantino says:

    i tweeted about the giveaway

  4. Jenny says:

    My favorite salad dressing – something Thai inspired or Asian inspired.

  5. Jenny says:

    I liked Savory Notes on FB.

  6. Jenny says:

    I tweeted the giveaway @icywit (I hate the ‘you are posting too quickly’ -eerrrgg – angry typing lol)

  7. Jenny says:

    I followed you on twitter! @icywit

  8. My favorite salad dressing is a zesty Italian.
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  9. Jenni says:

    My favorite salad dressing is pretty much any kind of vinaigrette with big chunks of cheese in it. Bleu cheese:) I almost always make salad dressing, so this shaker would be very handy!

  10. Jenni says:

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  11. Jenni says:

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  12. Margaret says:

    My favorite salad dressing is usually plain lemon juice so I’m looking to experiment. margaret dot mmh at gmail dot com

  13. Margaret says:

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  16. Wilbur says:

    I have an addiction to ranch but I’ve stopped using it for salads. I use it exclusively for dipping everything in. For salads, I generally use either a red wine or balsamic vinegarette. I also like using cider vinegar sometimes.

    I did make a pretty good orange dressing for a duck salad I made. Rachel Ray’s recipe. Wasn’t too bad.

  17. Jo Ann Buller says:

    i really love poppyseed dressing. it’s so rich and creamy. and i just adore its taste

  18. Favorite? Anything basil-based!

  19. I follow you on Twitter

  20. Kristin says:

    My favorite salad dressing is oil and vinegar. But sometimes I like to indulge and get blue cheese!

  21. Iris says:

    I like a classic vinaigrette. It would be easier to make with a salad shaker.

  22. Linda S. says:

    I like honey mustard dressing, or a raspberry vinaigrette.

  23. Linda S. says:

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  24. LINDA LANGLEY says:

    homemade salad dressings — always fresh is better .

  25. Renee says:

    My favorite dressing is Bleu Cheese Vinagrette.

  26. Rondah says:

    my favorite is italian

  27. Rondah says:

    Follow @SavoryNotes on Twitter

  28. Rondah says:

    Like Savory Notes on Facebook

  29. Lula Hock says:

    My favorite salad is Caesar Salad but I buy the dressing as I have found one that I really like.

  30. Julie says:

    my favorite is catalina dressing
    thanks

  31. Julie says:

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  32. Kathy S says:

    I love homemade French dressing. My mom made it often when we were growing up.

  33. tanya says:

    my favorite is ranch

  34. tanya says:

    Follow @SavoryNotes on Twitter

  35. tanya says:

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  36. Amy Seiger says:

    I love any vingarette. I would the salad shacker to try some new dressings!

  37. Carmen says:

    My favorite dressing is Ranch