Win Chef’n Salad Essentials!

salad spinnerSalad days are not over! And just to be sure, you have a chance to win Chef’n salad essentials!

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!

These salad prep tools from Chef’n are the bomb (yeah, we like Chef’n that much), and they’re cute to boot. Here’s the low-down on the two pieces included in the Chef’n Salad Essentials Prize Pack:leafshears

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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  1. linda weissler says

    Green, green, green, and a bit of orange and red… = delicious healthy treats…

  2. Debbie L says

    My favorite recipe is Fall Greens salad with pumpkin seeds and asiago from Whole Foods Market.
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    2 teaspoons honey
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 shallot, finely chopped
    6 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Ground black pepper, to taste
    2 cups baby spinach
    2 bunches watercress, trimmed, leaves torn into bite-size pieces
    1 head red leaf or butter lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
    1/2 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds
    3 ounces aged Asiago cheese, grated or shaved thinly with a vegetable peeler
    In a large bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard and shallot. Drizzle in oil while whisking constantly to make a vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Add spinach, watercress and lettuce and toss gently to coat. Scatter pumpkin seeds and cheese over the top and serve.

  3. says

    I (Robin O’Sullivan) “Like” Appetite for Health on Facebook AND I “Like” Chef’n on Facebook, too.
    My favorite fall salad combo is romaine lettuce + spinach + chunks of roasted pumpkin + chopped apples + cranberries. Hurray for salads!

  4. Joslyn says

    My favorite fall salad is roasted fig, smoked gouda, caramelized onions, toasted walnuts, and baby mixed greens (with extra arugula) tossed with a honey and vanilla bean vinaigrette! It is amazingly delish!

  5. Rachel Garner says

    I stick with the basics, romaine, feta, olives, banana peppers, roasted red peppers and a strawberry balsamic.. so yummy!

  6. Megan S. says

    Liked both!

    I love Apple salads (: Romaine, Apples, Chicken, Caramelized Nuts, and Apple Cider Vinaigrette. Delicious!

  7. Athena R says

    I love salad one of my favorite fall ones had apple, spinach, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and a fruity vinaigrette…so good.

  8. Jolie B says

    Crisp romaine, boiled/shredded chicken, sliced strawberries, and a drizzle of agave nectar. No dressing, because the juice from the strawberries combined with the agave drizzle moisten the leaves with just right touch of satisfaction. I don’t know if this is a salad or a dessert….all I know is IT’S AMAZING!!! ;]

  9. Jennifer Klemple says

    I love spinach salad with strawberries, kiwi, grilled chicken and raspberry viniagrette dressing. Maybe toss in some roasted almonds too.

  10. Rosemary McFarland says

    My favorite salad is baby field greens, beets, feta cheese and walnuts with a Raspberry Vinigarette dressing! Sounds unusual but it is a delicious summer salad!

  11. Cindy H says

    I liked both on FB! I love making homemade Taco Salads, I crisp the tortilla bowl in the over (not fried) chop up greens, cook up some ground turkey taco meat, avocado, and mix peppercorn ranch with salsa for my dressing! Soooo yummy!

  12. Kaydee D says

    Apple, Parmesan & Walnut Salad:
    mixed greens, apples, shaved parmesan cheese, onions,walnut pieces, EVOO, and balsamic vinegar. Refreshing, filling, and colorful. The combination of the reds from the apples, mixed with the various green shades of the lettuce, and the brown coloring from the walnuts resembles fall foliage.

  13. Krissa Campos says

    I like to add fall touches to my salad by adding pumpkin or sunflower seeds. It needs plenty of red onion and a few mandarin oranges. The colors really pop and you have one delish salad!!!!!

  14. Julie La Morte says

    I love pretty much anything on my salads and I’ve picked up a few new ingredients to try from the above posts! Probably spinach, chipotle chicken, apples, pecans, a little pepper jack cheese and salsa dressing is my favorite.

  15. kelly says

    pretty simple salad . romaine, red onion, tomato , oil and vinegar ,grilled steak and bleu cheese crumbled on top

  16. Carrie says

    I love a red salad with a splash of other colors. Mixed greens,radishes,feta,pecans w mandarin oranges and dried cranberries,topped with a Raspberry Vinagerette

  17. Whitney says

    My favorite fall salad is spinach, roasted pumpkin seeds, oven roasted beets and asiago. It is soooo delicious with a light drizzle of olive oil and a little balsamic reduction.

  18. Calshondra Williams says

    I love Fried Chicken Strips Salad with Strawberries, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, red onion, shredded cheese, roasted walnuts, black or green olives, and drizzled with strawberry viniagrette dressing.

  19. Natasha K. says

    I love adding roasted veggies to my fall salads. Gives a little more crunch and a robust flavor which is great.

  20. Julia Rivera says

    My favorite salad consists of spinach, raspberries, gargonzola cheese, red onions, walnuts, and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. MMmmmmmm SERIOUSLY!!!

  21. lissa everett says

    I like to add grilled chicken to my salads with tomatoes and cucumbers out of our garden!!

  22. AShley says

    I love just about anything on my salads… I’m not really a picky eater when it comes to salads so I will try anything at least once and I absolutely LOVE salads too :)

  23. Lisa Puckett says

    I love to add apples and pecans to my salad in the fall!! Love my Chef’n products and I don’t have this, would love to win this!! Thank you for the chance!!

  24. Kathy Ziegenmier says

    I love fresh greens with tart apples or pears, goat cheese, Craisins & your favorite nuts. Another favorite is roasted beets, goat cheese, orange slices, pine nuts or pepitas.

  25. Jennifer Woosley says

    I love to have spinach, dried cherries and walnuts in my salad..with a light vinaigrette. Perfect combo when you add some blue cheese crumbles! I already “Like” Appetite for Health on Facebook AND “Like” Chef’n on Facebook

  26. Marcus Bowie says

    I tend to eat a lil more richly in the Fall even on Salads:
    Fresh Romaine, Roma Tomatoes, Cucumbers, purple onions, smoked bacon, crumbled blue cheese and toasted sesame & ginger dressing…. Droooooool!

  27. Jennifer Bedoya says

    I absolutely love romaine lettuce with sliced strawberries and a strawberry vinegerette dressing!

  28. Brenda says

    I love a fresh salad from my garden! Add some hard boiled eggs, ham, sunflower seeds and it’s divine!

  29. Vickie Alford says

    I enjoy a taco salad with corn, black beans or refried beans, salsa verde, guacamole, cheese and sour cream! Mmmmm, so warming from the spices! :)

  30. Shanon Necochea says

    A mix of romaine and iceberg lettuce (love the crunch), some purple onion and cucumber, sprinkled with some shredded cheese and top off with some red wine vinegar and a little bit of black pepper. So good! :)

  31. Diana says

    I could eat salads for every meal I love them that much and they are sonversitile on what foods you like! I love a crispy romaine and watercress mix with fig, jicama, acorn squash, “squash or pumpkin” seeds for a nice crunch and crumbled goat cheese on top all mixed together with an apple cider vinaigrette! Mmmm fall is almost here and these tools would make salad making more fun and definitely easier!

  32. Teresa Organ says

    I eat my salads with tomatoes, cucumbers and eggs. Sometimes I will have one with chicken. Also, apples do sound good on a salad.

  33. Mellisa says

    I like apples (preferably granny smith) with cranberries and walnuts or almonds on the typical salad greens!

  34. Ashley N says

    My Fall salad combo…Spinach leaves with chopped up carrots, celery, tomatos, mandarin organes, and cucumbers. Then add a splash of cranberries and Raseberry Vinaigrette!

  35. Elaine W says

    I’m literally (kinda, haha!) hyperventilating over this salad spinner AND leaf shears…..what?? I’m such a gadget gal…and I’ve never heard of leaf shears…wow!!

    Ok, I admit it….I WASH the already “washed” lettuces from the grocery store. I usually buy fresh, unbagged, but sometimes get the bags or container (spinach/bibb/butter) just to toss in with my fresh.

    Now, I know they say it’s already pre-washed and lots of folks don’t re-wash….but I DO!!!! How I would LOVE a Salad Spinner to whirl away all that water! I wash EVERYTHING…so this would be extremely handy!

    Add to that….my fav fall salad is…..(drumroll)……Dark Greens (arugula especially), lots of veggies, including still plentiful tomatoes, roasted zucchini/butternut squash- yum!/red pepper, avocado, candied walnuts (or pecans), dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds (year round) and a homemade apple cider dijon vinaigrette to “dress” it all up for fall! :)

    Of course I “like” AFH on Facebook, along with Chef’n…and subscribe to the newsletter and spread the word to my fam and friends – we love it!

  36. Casey Piercey says

    I love the everything salad with mushroom, fresh shredded carrots, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, cheese baby greens, bell pepper and pearl couscous.

  37. Anh Thu Truong says

    Avocado, beets, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, Granny Smith apples dried cranberries and almonds. Add a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette, Sprinkle with some feta cheese and it’s delicious.

  38. LindaSonia says

    Already “like” both and my favorite salad combo is romaine, red peppers and cucumbers!

  39. says

    sumer squash 1/2 cup red or other quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh sieve, drained
    2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more for seasoning
    1 pound assorted summer squash
    2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan plus 1/4 cup shaved with a peeler
    1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
    6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
    1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
    1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

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  40. Kelly Coady says

    Beets Beets must have Beets!
    Beets in a salad what a treat!
    Beets make everything healthy and sweet!
    Beets Beets MUST have Beets!

  41. Casey N Mclendon says

    liked both! Everything sounds soooo yummy! Now I need a loaded salad! hmmm some nuts berries..I think I’ll get my shoes on and head out to the grocery store now! lol

  42. Mark Savage says

    I like all the spicy greens, like spinach, frisee and arugala combined with Thai dressing. :) Big time yummy.

  43. malinda kordell says

    My favorite would have to be adding apples and strawberries with a raspberry vinegarette.

  44. says

    i would so love to win one of these i have a special needs child and im tech in a pinch hubs makes only so much money and all the extra money goes to my advocare which i have lost almost 25lbs and 15-20 inchs (havent measured lately) my mother in law has this and loves it but i can justify as my husband says spending 25$ on it when i can hand mix it with my hand but my mother in law just loves hers when she uses it!! hope i win!!

  45. Tracy Petitjean says

    I love putting snap pea crisps, edamame beans, dried cranberries, apples, tomatoes, avocado, sunflower kernels and feta cheese in with my mixed greens.

  46. Julie says

    Mixed greens, Gorgonzola cheese, candied pecans, dried cherries, sliced apples with light balsMic vinegarette

  47. Heather says

    We love spinach with berries and chicken. Or spinach with tuna, eggs and peppers. So many salad options!

  48. Alissa says

    Spinach salad with diced tomatoes and cucumbers served dry on top of cottage cheese with salt and pepper, perfecr lunch!

  49. says

    sorry didnt see i had to post favorite salad most contest make you post a comment why you wannt win my favorite salad is elk taco salad cuz elk and venison have literally no fat and then i add my own healthy ingrediants im one of those home cooks that mix a bunch of stuff together and pray it turns out and usually does lol!!

  50. Shawn says

    I love adding spinach, dried cranberrys and apples with a raspberry vinegarette to my salads in the fall.

  51. Mary Beth Elderton says

    My favorite basic salad to eat everyday for lunch is dark green salad with dried cherries, tuna, chickpeas, walnuts, garlic, onions, a bit of balsamic vinaigrette. For fall–all those beautiful acorn and butternut squash, apple, maybe pumpkin chunks, pecans make wonderful and colorful add-ins!

  52. Carol S. says

    With fall coming I am sooo excited to make our favorite salads – I love adding roasted Squashes or pumpkin to salads – Polenta also makes a nice addition along with that.

  53. Jason Predick says

    Hearty greens, onions, walnuts, strawberries, and steak with a blue cheese vinegar dressing!

  54. says

    My favorite fall salad is simple bed of lettuce with mandarin oranges on top; also take the juice from the oranges and whip up a simple dressing with equal parts extra virgin olive oil and vinegar

  55. says

    I love to fix and eat a spinach salad with one of the following fruits (dried cranberries, raisins or pomegranates) and then a few roasted nut (almonds or pecans)

  56. says

    My special go to salad is a fresh Caesar salad with grated Parmesan cheese and a few green onions. The shears in this prize package would be great for cutting the romaine lettuce.

  57. Rebekah says

    honey spice pecans, grilled pears, gorgonzola bits, chicken or tuna, grape tomatoes with a honey mustard vinaigrette.

  58. Lisa George says

    Every night we romaine lettuce topped with sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese with no fat ranch dressing.

  59. Brenda-Lee says

    I enjoy baby greens of all varieties, with strawberries, sliced nectarine, and a dash of either Raspberry or Mandarin orange dressing…:))

  60. Monica says

    I used to be a head lettuce kind of salad eater – now I prefer most combos of mixed greens, some protein like peanuts, cashews or pecans (toasted or not), sunflower seeds, mandarin orange segments, chickpeas, and my new-this-summer fav, grilled pineapple. I can eat it without dressing or a simple oil and vinegar. Happy to say that all my kids really enjoy salads as well.

  61. Pauline Longchamp says

    baby greens of all kinds, with all of the following great stuff:
    strawberries, red onion, cashews and feta cheese with a balsamic and olive oil dreassing!

  62. christopher sorel says

    salad greens from farmers market, pig candy, fresh apples and some eggplant that has been grilled

  63. Shirley H says

    Favorite is grilled chicken, spinach, romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onion, celery, and shredded carrots

  64. C. Quinn says

    Love fruit salad or spring greens, with feta cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, and mandarin oranges! YUMMY!

  65. says


    The five winners are Debbie L, Joslyn, Kaydee D, Whitney and Marcus B. I will be sending you a personal email to let you know that I need some info to let the company know that you are a winner!

    Thanks to all of you who are new and who are our avid followers! Your salad recipes are great! Enjoy the fall harvest of food!


  66. Marcus B. says

    Woo Hoo!!!! Thank you guys so much!

    I finally WON something!!! Time to go buy some LOTTO Tickets LOL!

    ~ Marcus

  67. Katrina Pennington says

    My daughter & I love making a dressing for our tomatoes, onions and cukes from the garden with oil, apple cider vinegar, and dried basil

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