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Shoots & Leaves


If one of your resolutions this year is to eat more green (good) stuff – like salads and fresh veggies – then you’re in luck. I’ve scoured the best of the best to spot seven amazing salad-themed gift ideas, perfect for showers, housewarming, hostess, and thank you gifts.

Lettuce Knife Trudeau Corporation

Lettuce Knife – $5.95 via Trudeau Corporation (click ‘Where to Buy’ for stores)
I peered into my mom’s drawers one day and came across a large-sized plastic knife, not unlike the one pictured above. Upon asking what it was for, she explained to chop lettuce. While it may seem silly to have a separate dull knife for lettuce, there’s actually a science behind it: stainless steel can damage the leaves of your lettuce, causing it to go brown (particularly for what’s left behind if say, you’re whipping up a side salad for two). This knife’s singular purpose still manages to cut through for a perfect, light salad, without the damaging side effects.

Salad Servers

Salad Servers – $69.99 @ Unveil Secret
Made from untreated wood branches and stainless steel, these beautiful serving utensils are truly one-of-a-kind. Perfect for hauling out when you’ve invited the boss over for dinner, these are instant conversation starters that will seriously deck out your table to the point where it’s photo-worthy.

Mastrad 5 Blade Herb Scissors

5-Blade Herb Scissors – $5.99 @ Stokes
Chop your herbs in a flash with these nifty ten-bladed scissors. Simply wash your leafy greens and use these special scissors to snip fresh mouthfuls of chives into your salad, or oregano into whatever main course your serving up. A whiz to use and easy-to-clean, these are a busy chef’s dream utensil.

Oxo Salad and Herb Spinners

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Salad Spinner & Herb Spinner – $52.81 – $54.99 @ Amazon.ca
Whip up your salad into a frenzy with this beloved brand’s awesome salad spinners that forgo the tired old pull-string method in favour of a sleeker, smarter pump that won’t break down after a few uses. Although the plastic models are a little bit cheaper, I like the stainless steel for its durability, and the fact the casing bowl can actually pull double-duty as a serving dish.

Chef'n Salad Emulstir

Chef’n Emulstir – $16.95 @ Kitchen Virtue
This nifty kitchen gadget is actually on my registry – once you know what it does, you’ll probably want to add it to your wish list too! If you know anything about salads, it’s that the quickest way to pile on the calories is with dressing. That is, unless you opt for a lighter homemade dressing – which couldn’t be easier to prepare. This emulsifier makes it oh-so-simple with recipes printed right on the bottle, and a hand-activated wand to keep your salad topper from separating.

Pure Red 9 3:4%22 Salad Bowl

Pure Red 9 3/4″ Salad Bowl – $149.99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond
Of course a salad-themed serving post wouldn’t be complete without a bowl, and after looking at dozens of options, I finally landed on this crisp white bowl with a splash of vibrant red. I chose it because whether or not you opt for the matching tableware, this is a statement-making piece that will bring any dinner table to life, far more than a bouquet of cumbersome flowers ever could. Plus can’t you just picture it with those salad tongs I selected above? Gorgeous! A picture perfect wedding gift idea.

Salad of the Day

Salad of the Day (Williams Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year by Georgeanne Brennan – $39.95 (list)
I’ll admit, I sometimes eschew ‘salad recipe’ sections in my cookbooks because it all seems so basic – chop / slice / mix / toss. Then it’s usually my fiancee that suggests he’d like something light for dinner, and I make one of those salad recipes, and I’m floored by the complex flavours and textures that can come from a few basic ingredients (processed foods need not apply) mixed in just the right way. Hot on the heels of their successful Soup of the Day cookbook, culinary authorities (and their prolific cookbook author pal Georgeanne Brennan) Williams Sonoma have stepped up to the plate by creating a year’s worth of salad recipes. If you want to be religious about it, flip open to today’s date and you’ll find instant inspiration, often tied to the seasonal availability of vegetables / suitability of the weather (i.e. grilled salads – liked Grilled Peach, Arugula & Goat Cheese – pop up in the summer). And trust me when I say, you will not get bored. I really don’t see how you can when the options are diverse as a Pasta Salad with Spring Asparagus & Snap Peas suitable for a potluck or a light side salad like Chopped Salad with Olive Oil & Lemon to pair with your next dinner party entree to protein-packed meal-sized salads (like the BLT & Poached Egg Salad) for vegetarians, omnivores, and vegans alike. And if we’re talking eye candy, prepare to get a toothache (eyeache?) from the expert food styling on virtually every single page. This is a book for foodies, and a book for salad lovers, and a book for people just looking for inspiration for the oft-overlooked but oft-rewarding salad course. I especially love it as a fab Mother’s Day find, a shower gift for your ‘shedding for the wedding’ bride, or simply a reward for yourself after a month of cutting back on carbs and moaning at the sight of a head of lettuce. There is a better way. Trust me.

Have I achieved what was once thought impossible? Are you CRAVING salad as much as I am as I type these words? If yes, you’ll be pleased to hear I’m giving away four copies of the Salad of the Day Cookbook. Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by February 5th with your favourite salad recipe (or type) AND your favourite salad gift idea featured in this post.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around February 6th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Tweet about this giveaway – and mention the featured cookbook by name – up to five times over the contest period to earn up to five bonus entries! Just be sure to leave links to your tweets in the comments below. 

 

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129 Responses to “Shoots & Leaves”
  1. My favorite salad type is anything with lentils or blackbeans. Yum. Ablove , I love the salad spinners and the Pure Red 9 3/4″ Salad Bowl

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  3. Debbie Bashford says:

    My favourite salad is a Caesar Salad. I love the Chef’n Emulstir

  4. Joan G says:

    Greek Salads are my favourite and the Stainless Steel Salad Spinner is my favourite product.

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    My favourite salad is a good Greek salad, and I think the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Salad Spinner & Herb Spinner is so so so sleek!!

  6. Francine says:

    This is my favourite Greek Salad
    1 seedless cucumber
    1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
    1/2 red onion, chopped
    1/2 cup olive oil
    2 tbsp lemon juice or red wine vinegar
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
    200g feta cheese, cubed
    2 tsp dried oregano leaves
    1 cup kalamata olives

    Peel cucumber and cut into 3/4 inch chunks.
    Combine with tomatoes and chopped onion.
    Combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, whisk until blended. Pour over vegetables; toss to coat.
    Sprinkle with cheese, oregano and olives.
    Serves 6-8

    I love the 5 blade herb scissors

  7. JENNIFER HART says:

    MY FAVORITE SALAD IS A LAYERED SALAD.IT IS ESPECIALLY GOOD IN THE SUMMER WHEN GARDENS ARE READY WITH FRESH INGREDIENTS. EVERY BITE HAS A DIFFERENT TASTE. IF I HAD TO PICK ONE OF THE FEATURED SALAD ITEMS THAT YOU HAVE SHOWCASED I DO NOT THINK I COULD. I COULD USE EVERY ONE OF THEM. I AM HOWEVER THANKFUL FOR YOU TELLING ME WHAT THAT PLASTIC KNIFE IS THAT I SEE AT PEOPLES HOUSES AND WAS TO SUSPICIOUS TO ASK.!!

  8. Tania B says:

    I love a really good fattoush salad. So yummy! My fave item from above has to be the herb scissors – genius!

  9. Gemma says:

    My favourite salad is Greek…and I love the salad servers featured in this post!

  10. Rose says:

    Spinach, strawberries and almonds… mmmm
    or Broccoli, mandarin, sunflower seeds with creamy dressing or….

    I love salad. Esp. anything with Arugula.

  11. Jennifer Deol says:

    I agree with the salad bowl & tongs making an excellent gift for someone. My favorite salad is one my Mom used to make in the early 80’s. We always just called it the mandorin orange salad: mixed greens as you like or romaine lettuce, 1/4 finely sliced red onion, 1 can drained mandorin orange slices, 1 chopped avocado & then toss with creamy Italian dressing.

  12. sandra mitchell says:

    I love spinache with fresh strawberries and seseme seeds. I then make a dressing with olive oil, white wine vinegar, minced garlic, sugar and parmesan cheese. Yummy. I love the stainless salad spinner.

  13. Sean Pynaert says:

    My favourite salad is cobb and favourite item is the blade herb scissors.

  14. Linda Klages says:

    My favourite salad is called the Back woods salad with apples, romaine, raisins and walnuts. I like the salad spinner.

  15. Lisa burns says:

    cobb salad is the best !! I also lovethe herb scissors>

  16. Maria G says:

    My favorite salad is broccoli slaw. But generally I love any salad.
    This is one awesome prize !

  17. Elaan says:

    My favourite salad is the creamy broccoli and raisin one. I would LOVE that cookbook since I am in a “salad club” at work where one person brings salad for the others, once a week! My favourite item in your post is definitely that cookbook!

  18. sarah perry says:

    My favourite is a caesar salad. I would love the OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner and Herb Spinner. I miss having a salad spinner!

  19. Susan says:

    I like many salads, but enjoy a broccoli, bacon and cheddar salad. My favourite item is the stainless steel salad spinner! #CGG

  20. Alison Braidwood says:

    My favourite salads have 3 ingredients: goat’s cheese, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I vary the salady ingredients, but the goat’s cheese and oil and vinegar dressing make them all to die for.

  21. Francine says:

    tweet 2 – https://twitter.com/1byspike/status/292261072256241664
    (posted before, but I don’t see it)

  22. Dreena says:

    My favourite salad is: Salade Niçoise.
    Really like the salad servers featured. Neat design.
    Thanks.

  23. ron says:

    Waldorff & BLADE HERB SICCORS

  24. Erin says:

    My favourite type of salad is broccoli, and I think the Emulstir is great!

  25. pacificnxnw says:

    I tweeted!

  26. diane says:

    My favourite salad is with spinach, red cabbage and strawberry. Made with an apple cider vinaigrette. I like the salad bowl.

  27. Grace F says:

    I finally already own something you’ve posted here Brittany! My fave is for sure the 5-Blade Herb Scissors. I bought them a year ago, paid a tad more than you have listed, but they are an essential in my home. And they are still sharp…sharp…sharp after countless washings. I use them for not only the herbs mentioned but also for fresh rosemary, fresh tarragon, and also basil.

    Black Bean Salad is my favourite (I could munch on it all day long). Here is the recipe….usually I don’t do this, but it’s well worth sharing….and I feel it’s the lime juice instead of the vinegar that truly gives it that added zingy addictiveness. And this salad visually is so appealing with all the different colours. CGG members and Brittany you’ve got to try this one ~ truly it’s amazing!

    Black Bean Salad ~ Just Awesome!!

    Ingredients:

    1 can of black beans
    1 can of sweet corn
    1 ripe avocado
    1 large tomato
    1/2 red onion or 1/2 sweet onion
    1 lime
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    few dashses of salt and pepper
    1 red pepper or yellow pepper
    1 clove garlic
    1 tsp sugar

    Directions:

    Cut up the avocado and pepper into small pieces

    cut up onion into small pieces

    press garlic to crush

    cut up the rest of the veggies & add all the vegtables into a bowl

    drain can of beans and sweet corn and add into bowl

    Squeeze lime into bowl and add the sugar

    add salt and pepper and a little olive oil

    Mix all together and it is ready to serve

    ***(Even better the next day)***

  28. Jayne Cameron says:

    My favorite Salad is made with Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Tomato, Red Peppers & Feta Cheese. I dress it with Olive oil, fresh garlic and salt & pepper. Simple and Delicious. I would definitely get use of the Spinner

  29. mousecat says:

    My favourite salad is Ceasar Salad, with real bacon bits on it!
    My favourite salad kitchen gadget here are 5-Blade Herb Scissors

  30. Tracey says:

    Caesar Salad is my favourite and I love the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Salad Spinner.

  31. tip_the_canoe says:

    My favourite salad is delicious, easy, and healthy. It probably helps that I discovered it on a beach in Thailand: Some shredded red cabbage, some grated carrot, and some thinly sliced duke (i also add some celery). Crumble a half a can of tuna on top. Squeeze the juice of a lime over it, and drizzle some good quality olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. So yummy!

    Fave product are the salad servers; so unique and pretty!

  32. Jessica Lord says:

    my favorite salad is spinach, walnuts & strawberries and I love the herb scissors – how genius!

  33. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I love spinach salad with cucumbers, green onions, and tomotoes splashed with balsamic vinegar (and olive oil), and seasoned with black pepper, basil, and cinnamon. Possible add-ins include Torani sugar-free raspberry syrup, dried cranberries and/or fresh strawberries/raspberries, sliced apples, and almonds or walnuts with feta cheese. Make it a meal with spicy chicken breast slices or shrimp. A great gift would be the salad knife.

  34. Mike Gismondi says:

    Arugula salad with pmegranate…

    1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/8 freshly ground pepper
    6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    2 medium bunches arugula, rinsed well and thick stems removed
    1/3 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
    1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, from 1 medium pomegranate

  35. Mike Gismondi says:

    tweeted

  36. Bonnie says:

    Love Caesar salad…my all time favorite and as someone else said …with real bacon bits

  37. WandaB says:

    My absolute favourite salad is Potato Salad!! Any flavours! And my favourite salad gift idea from this post is the Pure Red 9 3/4″ Salad Bowl. How gorgeous!!

  38. debra says:

    mandarin orange almond salad

  39. Barbara B says:

    I love a good carrot salad, moist and crunchy, with chopped nuts and raisins. AND the Bed, Bath & Beyond salad bowl in red and white is an eye-catching show stopper.

  40. tova says:

    I love the blade herb scissors gift idea and my fave salad is a nicoise!

    • Sande says:

      my favorite modified nicoise is with asparagus instead of beans and smoked salmon instead of tuna. With the other ingredients all the same, it’s an amazing new take on the classic.

      • Sande says:

        I should have added, the lettuce should be either baby lettuce mix/california mix or arugula for the modified nicoise to work well – also the dressing should have some balsamic and fresh lemon juice in it too.

        Ingredients for a single serving:

        1 packed cup of Mescum mix, baby greens and or baby arugula as the base on a large plate

        on top of this, lay the following:

        boiled quartered baby or fingerling potatoes (4 – 6 depending on size)
        quartered hard boiled free range eggs (2)
        8 asparagus spears steamed and cooled
        ~ 3 oz/100 g ++ of good quality smoked salmon slices
        12 capers or 4 caper berries
        thinly sliced red onion
        6 black calamata olives

        Dressing:
        1.5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
        2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
        1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

        fresh pressed garlic clove – crushed
        fresh ground black pepper
        small amount of salt if needed

        blend or shake vigorously.

        may add some oregano or basil to the dressing if wished. Fresh is even better if you have it.
        Serve the dressing at the side for the diner to drizzle as wished.

        Serve with superb warm bread and a good red wine.
        Makes a glorious lunch or dinner.

        Best consumed in double quantities with good company.

      • Sande says:

        Add the best quartered tomatoes you can find to your nicoise! Apologies for the omission!

  41. prairiebelle says:

    My favorite salad is caesar. Full of garlic, croutons, parmesan and bacon

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  42. prairiebelle says:

    tweeted

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  44. rhansen says:

    I like rocket salads.. AND i like the pure red salad bowl

  45. I love Caesar salad and i am loving those herb scissors!

  46. Chantelle says:

    I love a good Cesear Salad with bacon on it and those salad servers are absolutely adorable.

  47. Alison K says:

    My favourite salad recipe/type is a Cobb salad – bacon, egg, chicken, yum my favorite combination! And my favorite gift idea is the “Pure Red 9 3/4″ Salad Bowl – $149.99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond” but unfortunately not for that price. But we can dream ;)

    Bonus Entry #1 (Jan.20): Tweeted about this giveaway (https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/293216541984575489)

  48. Mike Gismondi says:

    tweeted

  49. pat galas says:

    i love the lebanese taboulle salad. its tasty and filling. i really like the cookbook. i collect them

  50. prairiebelle says:

    tweet 2

  51. leah says:

    my favourite salad is greek salad and my favourite gift idea is the unveil secret salad servers

  52. Mike Gismondi says:

    tweeted

  53. prairiebelle says:

    tweet

  54. Sylvia says:

    I really like the Herb Scissors. As for salad, any variety of lettuce with some red radishes, tomatoes, green and red pepper and some croutons on top with a vinaigrette dressing, is what I make most often.

  55. Tania B says:

    I think this is tweet #4 (I hope anyway): https://twitter.com/tjbugnet/status/293777127583657984

  56. lisa bolduc says:

    i make a plain garden salad with ranch dressing and i bake a torilla in a bowl form and eat that.. i would pick ythe Salad Servers, how cute are they!

  57. Mike Gismondi says:

    tweeted

  58. Andrea says:

    My favourite gift idea would be the Salad cookbook, and my favourite salad recipe is just a loaded veggie salad. Baby greens, tons of veggies like tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, broccoli, etc, normally with a ranch dressing.

  59. Andrea says:

  60. prairiebelle says:

  61. gbomberry says:

    I love the red salad bowl. My favorite salad is macaroni with fresh brocolli and cauliflower, red pepper strips and black olives sliced. You can really add anything you like but it would look great in that red bowl.

  62. Evan says:

    Fave salad gift idea is the Pure Red 9 3/4″ Salad Bowl from Bed, Bath & Beyond. As for fave salad recipe … that would probably be a nice Romaine with light Caesar dressing, mixed in with roasted chickpeas (stovetop) and lightly toasted pecans (toaster oven or regular oven), and some tomato diced in at the end for good measure.

  63. prairiebelle says:

  64. aimee says:

    blt salad and i love the red salad bowl

  65. Vesper says:

    My favourite salad is potato salad. I like the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Salad Spinner & Herb Spinner

  66. Sande says:

    I bought every household in my family a gift of the scissors – we all love them! Will look for the OXO salad and herb spinners. Useful and sturdy.

  67. Sande says:

    love the dressing emulsifier and lettuce knife too!

  68. Lori P says:

    I love a really substantial Chef’s Salad, but I like almost any kind of salad. The 5-Blade Herb Scissors would really come in handy. I’d also be curious to try the Lettuce Knife.

  69. Mike Gismondi says:

    tweeted

  70. I have been a pasta salad freak lately. Add veggies/fruit and I am good to go.
    I like the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Salad Spinner. :-)

  71. Dreena says:

    Tweet #2:

  72. Anne Derkat says:

    I like spinach salads and I love the stainless steel salad spinner

  73. Barbara99 says:

    My favorite salad is called “Hale to the Kale” salad made with fresh kale, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, purple cabbage, carrots, flax oil, balsamic vinegar, Bragg’s all purpose seasoning, etc. It is so yummy!!

  74. Mike Gismondi says:

    tweeted

  75. stacey h says:

    spinach salad and i like the emulsifier

  76. stacey h says:

    tweet 1

  77. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #1 (Jan.28): Tweeted about this giveaway (https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/295780967291944960)

  78. Dreena says:

    Tweet #3:

  79. I have to admit, I’m on a grilled chicken Greek salad kick (with lots of olives and feta). But I’m pretty much game to anything salad-related. :) I LOVE the salad servers! :) :)

  80. kristen says:

    love those herb scissors!!!

  81. Debbie Petch says:

    I really like the real red salad bowl

  82. bixblue1 says:

    i like a good potato salad and aslo like the salad bowl!!!!

  83. Nada Loughead says:

    Love salads – would like to see what new and different ones are included in the cookbook!

  84. Nicole Belgrave says:

    roasted tofu with pine nuts and pomegranate, tossed in a light vinaigrette.

  85. Vicki says:

    My favourite gif here is the OXO salad spinner, I’ve lusted after one for years. I like a basic Ceasar salad.

  86. Marlene J says:

    Cesear Salade ohh my..
    Salad Servers – $69.99 @ Unveil Secret

  87. Leah J says:

    I’m normally not a salad person (love the greens, hate the dressing) but my boyfriend LOVES them! There’s a recipe out there somewhere that even I like for a bacon-vinaigrette salad that’s just awesome! My favourite gift idea here has to be the lettuce knife. I have a similar one and those things are just awesome!

  88. Carol Ann says:

    I love making Asian noodle pasta salads, and I love the salad servers featured in this post.

  89. Carol M says:

    Greek salad. I had one every day when I was in Greece.

  90. Carol M says:

    Win a copy of Salad of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year wp.me/pXaoj-1Tivia @cdngiftguide— carol markusa (@carollushka) February 5, 2013

  91. shelsbels says:

    I love salads with vinagrettes and grilled meats and fruit. my fav item is the salad a day book

  92. Christine S says:

    I love a good cesar salad. My favorite item is the herb scissors.

  93. angela mitchell says:

    I love all salads in general but I really like an oil and vinegar macaroni salad with shrimp. The OXO Salad Spinner is the best — I have it and love it.

  94. Sande says:

    When my child was very small, I raised her to know vegetables and salads will make you beautiful – and this cookbook looks like a wonderful way to inspire beautiful meals!

  95. Sande says:

    giveaway @ Shoots &amp; Leaves <a href="http://t.co/SmScYXQh&quot; title="http://wp.me/pXaoj-

  96. Sande says:

    Win a copy of Salad of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year <a href="http://t.co/UzXyvqFu&quot;

  97. Sande says:

    this cookbook will inspire beautiful meals!<a href="http://t.co/SmScYXQh&quot; title="http://wp.me

  98. Sande says:

    hours left – enter to win Williams Sonoma Salad of the Day cookbook @ <a href="http://t.co

  99. Sande says:

    Win a copy of Salad of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year <a href="http://t.co/UzXyvqFu&quot;

    think I'm figuring out how to do this!

  100. Sande says:

    my favorite salad gift idea is a huge handcrafted wooden bowl! I would be in heaven if someone gave me a giant artisanal wooden bowl so that’s what I would gift too!

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