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I’m NUTS about Salads! Giveaway (ends 9/01/12)

Summer is the best time to enjoy salads. You can certainly enjoy them year round (my family does) but the summer is the best time to get fresh fruits and veggies at your local farmer’s market.

My family loves salad. It’s quick and easy to make, filling, satisfying keeps me from having to hang out in a hot kitchen. Plus who wants to eat a meal that is heavy and weighs you down during the summer?

What I love about salads is that they are so versitile. You can prepare them as the main meal, use them as a side dish and even snack on a salad. You can also add anything you can think of to salads including meats, seafood, fruit, vegetables, cheese and nuts.

I have two salads that I have been making frequently this summer. One salad consists of baby spinach, feta cheese and fresh strawberries. I use this mostly as a side sald or a snack.

Another salad I’ve been making is a lot heartier and more filling and satisfying. It provides me with a variety of textures from soft lettuce to crunchy nuts, as well as a variety of flavors.

Here is how you make this salad. I don’t have a name for it so I’ll just call is the Fisher Nut Summer Salad (the heavier ingredients – cucumbers and peppers – sunk to the bottom).

Ingredients:

– Lettuce

– Carrots

– Peppers

– Cucumbers

– Feta Cheese (or another crumbly cheese)

– Fisher Nuts Walnuts

– Fisher Nuts Sliced Almonds

– Fisher Nuts Dried Cranberries

– A sprinkling of black pepper (optional)

Prepare your salad like you normally would (mix the vegetables together in a big bowl). Top the salad with a generous amoun to of Feta Cheese. Then sprinkle on a handful of Fisher Nuts Walnuts, Fisher Nuts Sliced Almonds and Fisher Nuts Dried Cranberries. Top with your favorite dressing. For this salad I recomment a raspberry vinegarette or balsamic vinegarette.

I love adding nuts to salads. I wish restaurants would offer nuts with their salads. Most restaurants tend to stick with the usual veggies (carrots, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce). Although peppers and cucumbers are crunchy they don’t have the same kind of crunch and flavor that nuts do. I also find that the nuts really add to the flavor of the salad over all.

Nuts are also good for you. Walnuts for example are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which may improve blood lipids and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. They can also help with weight management, Diabetes, certain cancers, cognitive (brain) health and bone health (*Source Walnuts.org).

Almonds are also great for you. They are one of the top healthiest tree nut. They provide protein and fiber, Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and even iron. They also contain a significant amount of fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6 which are vital nutrients your body needs. Omegas are abundant in fish products, but many people don’t like fish, so nuts are a great alternative option (*Source: AmondsHealthBenefits.org).

Cranberries are not a fruit that people often associate with salads. They add a burst of sweet and tart flavor to your salad. Cranberries are also great on top of ice cream, yogurt, dry cereal and oatmeal. Cranberries also have great health benefits but you’d have to eat a significan amount of dried canberries to reap any benefits. I just rather look at them as “nature’s candy”. 🙂

Have you ever added nuts to your salad? What is your favorite nut to add? What about cranberries? Have you tried them as a salad topper before?

You can find A LOT of salad recipes at www.FisherNuts.com/Recipes/Salads-Sides. I LOVE the green beans and almonds. The Tropical Fruit Salad would make a great dessert and perfect for a hot summer day.

For more information about Fisher Nuts visit FisherNuts.com. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Fisher Nuts would love for one lucky reader to have fun creating their own summer salad with a great prize package that consists of the following:

  • Fisher Chef’s Naturals Sliced Almonds
  • Fisher Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces
  • Fisher Dried Cranberries
  • 5 reusable produce bags
  • Salad dressing shaker
  • 8-quart stainless steel mixing bowl
  • 11-inch salad tongs

If you are like me you won’t be able to resist snacking on the nuts and cranberries before you even start the salad.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end as 12:01 AM (EST) on September 1, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter please describe for me what kinds of salad you would create using any or all of the Fisher Nut products listed above (Almonds, Walnuts and/or Cranberries) – OR – visit the Salad recipe page (link is above) and leave a comment and tell me which salad you would love to prepare for your family?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I am working with Fisher to create my own original salad recipe using Fisher Nuts and tools they provided. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. I would like to try making their Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette

  2. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I would try to make their cabbage apple and almond slaw.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

  3. spinach, cranberries, almonds, and blue cheese.

  4. carol gentry says:

    Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette sound good and I would try it.

  5. Danielle D says:

    The cabbage apple and almond slaw!

  6. alaine johnson says:

    id like to try the spinach rasberry one!!! sounds yummy~

  7. I would try to make their cabbage apple and almond slaw.

  8. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I have a salad almost daily for lunch–lots of dark greens, walnuts, dried cherries, raw garlic, raw onion, tuna (lol–no smooching after lunch!) and a balsamic vinaigrette.

  9. Chrissy Nestor says:

    A Chef Salad. These look great to use!

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  10. Jessica To says:

    I love nuts so I would just make a normal salad with lots of cheese and walnuts.

  11. Theron Willis says:

    Waldorf Salad with lots of walnuts.

    Hope to win!

  12. Cabbage, Apple & Almond Slaw

  13. Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette

  14. Right now i love spinach, quinoa, black beans, kale, mushrooms and avocado with a spicy dijon vinegrette! Just needs some nuts on top…. ;)!

  15. i would do a raspberry walnut salad with poppyseed vinaigrette

  16. erika dipietro says:

    My fav salad is spinach with walnuts, pears and gorgonzola cheese. Sometimes I add chicken and cranberries.

  17. Amanda K. says:

    I’d really like to try the Asian Chicken Salad.

  18. Cabbage, Apple & Almond Slaw sounds good.

  19. I”d love to make a thanksgiving based salad, with dried cranberries, shredded turkey meat, mayonnaise, and fresh herbs! Toss in some walnuts for extra texture!

  20. soha molina says:

    Cabbage, Apple & Almond Slaw

  21. alyce poalillo says:

    A lot of their salads look good but I want to try their Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette

  22. i would incorporate them into a anitpasta give it some cruncd

  23. i want to make a salad with spinach, feta and walnuts

  24. theresa love says:

    I would soooooo add them to my already wicked fresh spinach salad.

  25. alicia wallace says:

    I would make the Grilled Asian Steak Salad

  26. i think i would like to make the tropical fruit saled. thanks

  27. spinach, bok choy, almonds, manderin oranges, chicken pieces, cucumbers, in a ginger soy dressing.

  28. I’d make a salad using spinach, strawberries, walnuts and poppyseed dressing.

  29. I’d make a salad with spinach, cucumber slices, bacon, egg, sliced almonds, and mandarin orange slices.

  30. Sheila K. says:

    I’d like to try the Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette!

  31. I love a Spinach salad with Madarin oranges and almond slices with a homemade vinagrette!

  32. Rae Cicelske says:

    my favorite salad is Spinach. strawberries and nuts

  33. lettuce, strawberries and almonds
    Thanks!

  34. spinach, raspberries, cranberries, nuts and a homemade dressing

    annae07 at aol dot com

  35. Cynthia R says:

    i could make a spinach salad with lots of veggies like mushrooms and tomatos and cumcumber with cranberries nuts and feta cheese

  36. I’d love to try the Honey Dijon Almond Couscous. It looks delicious! Thanks.

  37. The Cabbage, Apple & Almond Slaw ..YUM!

  38. I would make a salad w/romaine, candied pecans, herbed feta, croutons, and a raspberry VINAIGRETTE.

  39. Stephanie.O says:

    I would make a salad using: mixed greens, walnuts, cranberries, apples slices, grilled chicken breast, blue cheese. I would use shaker to make a dressing. Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  40. I love salads. I would use lettuce, almonds, walnuts, cranberries, carrots, spinach leaves, shredded cheese, AND strawberries.

  41. me and my friend eat salad for lunch everyday , we bring in ingredients and maker our own.
    green salad with nuts, dried fruit or fresh fruit, cheese, grilled chicken, with balsamic vinegar.
    some days we make a cucumber,tomatoes Italian peppers with oil and vinegar.
    would love to enter to win the fisher nuts giveaway to have some more fun with our luncheon
    salads. will check out the website -www.FisherNuts.com/Recipes/Salads-Sides for more
    creative salad ideas for lunch:)

  42. Leann Lindeman says:

    Mixed greens with fruit and honey glazed walnuts

  43. I would make a Waldorff salad

  44. Kristen m says:

    I make a buffalo chicken salad that I would love to add nuts to!

  45. Julie Cutshaw says:

    I would make a tossed salad using red apple chunks, then use the fisher walnuts pieces ,fisher Dried Cranberries and bacon bits , with grilled chicken strips yum! Now I’m hungry just thinking about it 🙂 Thanks! Great giveaway and awesome review post…your pictures made me hungry too 🙂
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

  46. Dawn Liebentritt says:

    The Grilled Asian Steak Salad and the Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette both sound fantastic.

  47. Les Johnson says:

    I would love to try the Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Toasted Almond Vinaigrette recipe. It looks delicious!

  48. Laura Royal says:

    I would create a salad with chicken, walnuts, cranberries, pineapple, and feta cheese

  49. Kristy Thiel says:

    I’d try a southwestern salad!

  50. Katharine D says:

    I always like the baby leaf lettuce salads – I would use them in that

  51. I love a spinach salad with almonds, cranberries and a balsamic vinaigrette. YUM!

  52. Greek Salad with Almonds.

  53. I never really thought of this combo before but now i will try it

  54. I would like to create an apple/walnut salad.

  55. Joseph Stowell says:

    For a quick summer dinner salad, I like to use chopped Romaine lettuce, coarsely-chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and crumbled blue cheese. I then use a mixture of a cranberry vinaigrette and some cider vinegar with a packet of Splenda®, and add a sliced microwaved frozen grilled chicken breast. Yum!

  56. Monique Rizzo says:

    I would do a Green salad with cranberries,blue cheese and walnuts.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  57. I’d use the walnuts and almonds in a salad with lettuce, spinach, onions, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  58. Linda Lansford says:

    lettuce, tomato and almonds

  59. I so would make the Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette

  60. Ash Johnson says:

    I’d make a spinach salad.

  61. I would make a salad with lettuce walnuts apples and goat cheese

  62. I would like the Red, White & Blue Salad.

  63. I would combine chopped romaine & baby spinach, sliced pears, dried cranberries, almonds dressed with poppyseed dressing.

  64. Theresa Jenkins says:

    steak salad with fries add nuts;a fruit salad with no lettuce, add nuts

  65. Andrea Williams says:

    I would like to try the Mixed Greens with Fruit & Honey-Glazed Walnuts .

  66. Christine says:

    Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette

  67. Christina says:

    I would make a salad that I have bought at Publix before… they call it a European Salad…. I’d make it with romaine and spinach, shredded carrots, cucumbers, nuts, dried fruit, feta and a vinaigrette dressing. YUM!

  68. I’d make a chicken pecan cranberry salad

  69. Linda Kish says:

    I like a regular salad with nuts on it. I don’t need anything fancy.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  70. Krista Grandstaff says:

    I make a chicken/ spinach salad with a pesto vinaigrette, topped with toasted walnuts and curls of fresh parm. mmmm 🙂

  71. kelly nicholson says:

    Leave a comment ON THIS POST and tell me what kind of salad you would create with the Fisher Nuts product

    ceasar salad baby with tint tomatos

  72. tam childers says:

    Cabbage apple and almond slaw sounds good

  73. april yedinak says:

    Almond Caesar salad

  74. I would do grilled chicken, spinach, dried cranberries and almonds with raspberry dressing

  75. laura ari says:

    I’d make Waldolf salad. Yum!

  76. Elizabeth Johnson says:

    honey dijon almond couscous

  77. I’d like to try the Raspberry Walnut Salad.

  78. I would try the Asian Chicken Salad

  79. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    I’d like to try the Grilled Asian Steak Salad

  80. I want to try the Raspberry Walnut Salad recipe!

  81. I would love to try the Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette.

  82. I love salads because they are so healthy for me and can be made easily. Here is my favorite salad that I love to make.
    – Mixed greens such as Spinach, Romaine and Lettuce
    – Silvers of carrots
    – Fisher’s pecans or Fisher Walnuts
    – Feta Cheese
    – Fisher’s dried cranberries
    – Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Toss lightly and enjoy. I usually add a piece of toasted whole grain bread with a light spread of an Olive Oil spread and a rub of garlic. Delicious.

    I went ahead and bookmarked the Fisher website to try and make that Asian Chicken Salad. Looks great.

  83. a grilled chicken almond salad

  84. Maybe Spinach, nuts, and cranberries. I’m not very creative when it comes to salads. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I would like a Tuna Salad with dried cranberries and almonds
    Kims2312@verizon.net

  86. Brett McDavid says:

    Spinach raspberry salad sounds tasty.

  87. Michele L. says:

    I’d try to make a strawberry, spinach and almond salad

  88. Carolyn Gonzalez says:

    I would make an arugula, walnut, peach salad with gorgonzola cheese

  89. rust hawk says:

    cabbage apple and almond slaw.

  90. Raspberry Walnut Salad

  91. Cynthia R says:

    I would make my blue cheese, walnut, and cranberry spinach salad!

  92. I’d like some almonds, bleu cheese and spinach. Thanks for the chance.

  93. Michelle R. says:

    I would make a Waldorf salad.

  94. I would try the recipe you did in this post. I love the feta/cranberry combo! 🙂

  95. I’d love some kind of Asian Chicken Salad!

  96. ale, blue cheese salad

  97. Wendie Lather says:

    Cashew Chicken salad

  98. Cody Anderson says:

    Raspberry walnut salad

  99. Wardolf Salad

  100. I’d like to try the Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette

  101. Walnut Halves & Pieces, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and french dressing

  102. I like to start with a base of mixed greens then make my salad more exciting by adding whatever I have on hand. These would be perfect!

  103. I’d create a salad with crumbled gorgonzola, walnuts, and dried cranberries. It’s one of my favorites. Oh, and the dressing is raspberry vinagrette!

  104. Jessica H. says:

    I would mix the cranberries, walnuts, almonds, with cubed chicken, green salad, and feta cheese in oil with spices.

    yum!!!!!

  105. I am so gonna make the Tropical Fruit Salad

  106. I’d love to try the Raspberry Walnut Salad 🙂 *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  107. I would try the cabbage, apple and almond slaw.

  108. jodi lasher says:

    I am actually a very picky person, and i like just plain traditiona tossed salad. So with that being said, i would love to try some of these products on my tossed salad. Thanks

  109. I would make the Honey Dijon Almond Couscous salad.

  110. I would use the sliced almonds in a Chinese Chicken Salad! Yum!

  111. Shelley P says:

    I would love to try the Raspberry Walnut Salad. Looks fantastic!!

  112. I would make a Waldorf salad.

  113. Ann Fantom says:

    I would like to try the Simply Delicious Walnut Oatmeal recipe

  114. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I would make a Waldorf salad!!!

  115. Ginger b. says:

    Spinach,strawberries, nuts

  116. I would create an apple and walnut salad with some cranberries.

  117. Brittney House says:

    chef salad with pecans

  118. I’d like to try the cabbage, apple and almond slaw.

  119. I would make a salad with mixed field green lettuce, spinach, some backyard edible “weed”, homegrown tomatoes & onions, cheese, the almonds & walnuts, boiled egg, black olives, & thousand island salad dressing.

  120. A salad with mixed greens (but especially spinach), walnuts chopped, craisins, crumbled blue cheese, baby carrots sliced, slices of hardboiled egg, and a little bit of ranch dressing sounds SOO good right now. Sometimes I add broken up pieces of deli ham instead of dressing.

  121. jen gersch says:

    apple walnut salad

  122. Would love the Grilled Asian Steak Salad.

  123. Jessica Rose says:

    I’d like to try the Mixed Greens with Fruit & Honey-Glazed Walnuts recipe

  124. Cabbage and apple slaw

  125. Spinach, nuts and cranberries

  126. I would use all 3, walnuts, almonds and cranberries, as well as apples and cucumbers on greens and use a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

  127. Paula Tavernie says:

    The Cabbage Apple and Almond slaw sounds great!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  128. Ed Nemmers says:

    Asian Chicken Salad would be my recipe of choice!

  129. Walnuts, cranberries, arugula, and baby spinach! YUM!

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  130. Saver Sara says:

    Lettuce, brie, walnuts and craisins. yum!

  131. Kathy Pease says:

    id love to make the Tomato Cucumber Salad

  132. We already do a lot of salads with fruits & nuts added, I would say I’d use baby spinach, mesclin mix, blood orange segments, cranberries, and candied walnut salad with a blood orange vinaigrette. Optional chicken and feta or gorgonzola for those who want a complete meal.

  133. I would like to try the Fisher Nut Summer Salad…it looks yummy!

  134. Iceberg Lettuce, shredded carrots, tomatoes, feta cheeses and almonds!

  135. Jeni Mitchell says:

    I would make the Cabbage, Apple & Almond Slaw. I love cabbage and apples and I usually put a pecan in with them, but I think using almonds would be a nice change. Yum!

  136. Greek salad with nuts. Olives, feta, red onions, tomatoes and nuts.

  137. Lucy Schwartz says:

    I didn’t have to go any furtherthen the first ( althought I did look at the others). The Asian Chicken Salad. Yummy!

  138. Ann Council says:

    Any or all kinds of nuts, fresh sliced peaches. lettuce, cherry tomatoes, oil and vinegar.

  139. Amanda S. says:

    I’d like to try the Red, White and Blue Salad!

  140. jeannine s says:

    apple pecan salad

  141. Romaine, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, almonds, garlic croutons and blue cheese dressing mixed with italian.

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