Friday, August 24, 2012

Spruce up your Salad with Fisher Nuts {Summer Salad Kit Giveaway!}

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While summer has meant sunshine, play dates at the park, and afternoons with the sprinkler, it has also meant that we've been enjoying the fresh fruits and vegetables that have been in season.

Being a vegetarian, I'm a huge fan of salads and thus far it appears that my kids are following suit. My husband just shakes his head when our girls jump at the chance to eat handfuls of raw spinach or are scooping up the edamame, but I couldn't be happier that healthy eating is at least one aspect that we don't have to nag at them about.

When it comes to making a salad, however, I have to admit that I usually end up eating alone when I try to get creative with my leafy greens and spruce up what goes into my bowl. While my husband and kids stick with the basics, I'm always on the lookout for ways to turn my salad into a light and satisfying meal all on its own.

Up until recently, that meant browsing around online or through cookbooks. But now whenever I need inspiration, I head over to Fisher Nuts and their list of delicious summer salad recipes!

salad recipes

Whether you are looking to use up leftovers from last night's barbecue, have an abundance of cucumbers in your garden, or are simply looking for a way to change up your standard pasta salad, Fisher Nuts has a way to do it.

Considering that they have long been the name known for growing and packaging nuts of all kinds — including mixes for snacking and baking —I can't believe that I never considered turning to Fisher Nuts for recipe ideas. Which meant that I was even more intimidated when they challenged me to use a Summer Salad Kit to come up with my own yummy salad creation!

Summer Salad Kit

Containing just about everything I needed to get started, I pulled out my Summer Salad Kit items and was ready to start chopping.

Inside I found Fisher Chef’s Naturals Sliced Almonds, Fisher Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces, Fisher Dried Cranberries, reusable produce bags, a salad dressing shaker, a stainless steel mixing bowl and salad tongs. Just add fruits and veggies and enjoy!

Fisher Nuts Summer Salad Kit

The end result? Oh yes, it was pretty darn tasty considering it includes just about all of my favorite salad fixings.

My final Summer Salad included:
  • Spring Mix Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Apple pieces
  • Black Beans
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Green Pepper
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Cucumbers
  • Croutons 
  • Strawberries
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Fisher Dried Cranberries
  • Fisher Chef’s Naturals Sliced Almonds
  • Cilantro
That's right, it was all in there. To top it off, I found a quick and easy Raspberry Vinaigrette recipe from AllRecipes.com that was easy enough for even me to mix together. Just combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 cup seasoned rice vinegar and 1 (10 ounce) jar of seedless raspberry jam and blend until smooth!

All in all, it was hard for me to pause to take a picture before digging right in.

salad recipe

The next time you are looking to turn individual ingredients into a tasty salad, be sure to start with delicious fruits and veggies as well as yummy Fisher Nuts. And remember, for an added boost of inspiration, check out the great salad recipes right on their website to get started... or to get your mouth watering!

Thanks to the generosity of Fisher Nuts, one person will be prepared with the proper salad utensils and toppings, because...

One lucky person will win a Summer Salad Kit* from Fisher Nuts!

*Summer Salad Kit includes (1) package Fisher Chef’s Naturals Sliced Almonds, (1) package Fisher Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces, (1) package Fisher Dried Cranberries, (5) reusable produce bags, Salad dressing shaker, 8-quart stainless steel mixing bowl, and 11-inch salad tongs

(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions or problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)

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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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Amanda Lilly said...

turkey cottage cheese onions cheese I could go on and on!

apple blossom said...

ham and hard boiled eggs

VJ ~ vantalee said...

I’m a simple salad person, so : lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, croutons, onions, and italian dressing.

marymichelotti said...

I love croutons and black olives on my salad! Yummy!

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B. Wilson said...

spinach, dried cherries, manchego cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

SueZH said...

My favorite is a southwestern salad with black beans, corn, cheddar cheese, nacho chips.

Laura Miller said...

I love a good greek salad!!! So I have to say some of my fave ingredients are calamata olives, and feta cheese!

Tawny said...

My first comment didn't show up, so I'll redo it now.

I love romaine lettuce or baby spinach with tomatoes, cucumbers,
carrots, avocadoes, and almonds or cashews in my salads. I sometimes use sunflower seeds or dried fruit also. I eat nuts all day every day, and salads at least once a day every day.

degood said...

Currently I am on a cucumber, tomato, red onion and spinach kick because those things are all in the garden right now. I usually add some hard boiled egg and cheese and sunflower seed to it and top it with honey mustard dressing.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite ingredients are tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, black olives & walnuts.

Love3570@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love bacon on my salad.

cgentry1952@yahoo.com

nightowl said...

I I like lettuce, cucumbers, almonds, tomatoes, cheese and carrots in my salad.

Sherri said...

I love to add bleu cheese and craisins to my salads!

Amy V said...

i love walnuts and cranberries!

annae07 at aol dot com

polly said...

i love shredded cheese, sunflower seads, sliced hard boiled eggs, broccoli and cauliflower in my salad with blue cheese dressing

Pamela said...

I love dried cranberries!

Think about it said...

i love bacon bits and cucumbers on my salad...


kadia3 at yahoo dot com

LissaDora said...

Egg, hard boiled
Avacado
walnuts
bacon, crisped.

john said...

sun dried tomatoes, scallions, walnuts

peg42 said...

I love Romaine Lettuce, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, almonds or walnuts.

Sandra Sh said...

Almonds, cheese, dried cherries, and pine nuts.

Crissy Durst said...

avocado and olives

Sylvia said...

Cheese, olives and avocado
sylviawhit@gmail.com

wigget said...

love craisins

Jackie said...

I like strawberries, goat cheese and almonds
Thank you!

Laura C said...

I like tomatoes and lettuce.

Mariee said...

Apples, corn and craisins.

amp said...

mixed greenss, olives, shredded beets, almonds


apoalillo {AT} hotmail dot com

Alyce Poalillo

Frugalista Mama said...

we love pasta salad with chicken and veggies

psnyder said...

Bacon, cucumbers, cheese, and cranberries! grammypenny@frontier.com

Randi said...

The salad you made looks divine! I'm a salad person too. My favorite things to put on a salad are spinach, Fisher sunflower seeds and sliced almonds,Bacos, and sometimes a little cottage cheese thrown on top.

AnnaZed said...

I am partial to watercress, not easy to find or easy to grow with the dry conditions that we have locally here.

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JC said...

Lettuce, cheese, spinach and nuts.

Andrea said...

Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, olives, red onions, cheese and croutons.

andrea2russia@hotmail.com

debijackson said...

blue cheese crumbles debbie jackson,
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

Robert Pyszk said...

Tomatoes

FireRunner2379 said...

Tomato, cucumbers, feta, chicken and pecans.

Elisabeth said...

I like to add raisins!

Carly H. said...

Feta Cheese

Jenny Stanek said...

Spinach, chickpeas, bacon bits (real!), plus all the basic salad mix

orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

Crutons!

Shilo Beedy said...

I like cucumbers and tomatoes

shilobeedy@gmail.com

Colleen M said...

In my salad, I like fresh tomatoes from the garden and avocados.

colljerr at comcast dot net

leanne_mac said...

Any salad with feta is my favorite


leannemacg at gmail.com

las_va@hotmail.com said...

Avocado is great in salad, that is usually my go-to ingredient.

Anonymous said...

Lettuce is my favorite ingredient, but add fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cucumber and bell pepper and it is even better. acptuser (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Cucumbers and tomatoes rkmarsh at aoldotcom

sweepmom said...

I like walnuts, blue cheese and berries.

debbie said...

spinach, manderin oranges, cucumbers, chicken, radishes
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

marshmallows, pickles, raisins lettuce, eggs....i like a sweet and sour combination in my salad...with balsamic dressing
glori johnson
gloria4869@yahoo.com

Space Monkey said...

I really love to add the dried sweetened cranberries and walnuts to a salad.

Salads all the time is one of the good things about summertime.

kellyr78 said...

I like black olives and feta cheese.
kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

Lloyd Family said...

baby spinach, grilled chicken, avacado and almonds or pinenuts
jenny lloyd

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

spinach leaves, cheese chunks, red onion, mushrooms, carrot shavings and broccoli.
gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

theladya said...

Raisins, cheese, rice noodles, green olives, and banana peppers. ~ Angie PreciselyMine

julis55 said...

butter lettuce

blue65829 said...

my favorite salad ingredients are fresh veggies like carrots and cherry tomatoes and sprouts! Also bacon bits....because who can resist bacon?

DeeAnn S said...

Fav salad ingredients: spinach, hard boiled egg, mushrooms, red onion slices, croutons, and hot bacon dressing! Thanks.
sweepster49 at comcast dot net

virgomomwriter said...

feta cheese!

playswithclay said...

Baby spinach and bacon.

Sherry Jones said...

I love any salad ingredients but I really like mushrooms, broccoli and sunflower seeds on my salad!

doodlebug said...

I like spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers. Have to have thousand island dressing.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

sugar snap peas are one of my favs! Oh and red cabbage, too. Great now I'm hungry.

Dave said...

arugula, gorgonzola cheese and almonds!

PAIGE said...

I like bacon, eggs, and croutons on my salad.
elysesw@aol.com

Chrissy Nestor said...

Baby Tomatoes!

chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

Amanda Jorjorian said...

I love warm roasted beets, goat cheese and almonds or walnuts on my salad.

Katie Rose said...

I love craisins and apples diced into my garden salad with some grated sharp cheddar on top. The contrast of flavors and textures is incredible.

llinda29 said...

tomato, lettuce and nuts

Anonymous said...

I love garden tomatoes and cheese,
bacaon,lettuce,olives and green
peppers. Thanks Cathy Truman
kbtruman(at)att(dot)net

Amanda said...

Eggs, cheese, and lots of greens!
magickalblessings26{at}gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite salad ingredients are cucumbers, avocado, bacon bits, cherry tomatoes, and a honey mustard dressing.

Julie B. icedmorrison@aol.com

Anonymous said...

lettuce, egg, black olives, cheese, cucumber, and tomatoe

clenna said...

Lettuce, spinach, nuts, shredded cheese, strawberries and blueberries.

Vanessa Coker said...

Fresh mozzarella and spinach!

Meghan said...

I'm just a plain 'ol sald kind of girl...I've never tried anything else!

Kathy said...

Cucumbers and cheese

jessica said...

avocado!

jek9880 at gmail dot com

Chelsea said...

Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pears

Cheryl Free said...

My favorite salad ingredients are romaine, grilled chicken, walnuts, cranberries, and shredded parmesan :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

scottsgal said...

bacon bits, cheese, croutons and chicken with ranch dressing

debsweeps4 said...

My favorites are Romaine lettuce, cheese, carrots, raisins, chicken and croutons with light Ranch dressing.

Carolyn G said...

My favorites are watermelon, feta cheese and arugula

Carolyn G said...

My favorites are watermelon, feta cheese and arugula

Carolyn G said...

My favorites are watermelon, feta cheese and arugula

ehhogan said...

tomatoes, cheese, almonds

Kelly N. said...

Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite salad ingredient(s).

tomato

jusork said...

Neato!@

Kim Burnett said...

cauliflower

Cynthia Rayne said...

I love using cheese with salad. And nuts add an extra crunch!

Linda W. said...

Bacon bits and shredded cheese!

Marti Parks said...

My favorite salad ingredient is shredded cheese.

CindyWindy2003 said...

i love feta cheese and cranberries in a salad, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kristy Thiel said...

I love cranberries and cherry tomatoes!

CHELESA sims said...

i love putting broccoli and garden tomato's in it.

lorialcorn2006 said...

I make a shredded apple salad so I use apples and shred them very fine than I add cranberries and walnuts its really a favorite around here with a ranch dressing

lyndsey said...

corn and sundried tomato

flairshare said...

I enjoy spinach, grapes or raisins, and nuts (almonds, pecans).
shar(dot)donoho(at)comcast(dot)net

Jim Cabaj said...

I love to make a spinach salad with Feta cheeese, walnuts, and broiled salmon on top

Unknown said...

Marinated kale, avocado, olives, sunflower seeds, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and cilantro! With vinegrette from coconut oil, basalmic and salt and pepper
Ttrockwood@yahoo.com

julie c said...

I love all if them, but in the summer I love to add fruit !!

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

cheese cubes and grapes - I could add this to any salad
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

Megan said...

Bacon-- it makes everything taste better!
saddleup7 (at) juno (dot) com

katychick said...

mushrooms and sunflower seeds
tcogbill at live dot com

Katie Kondek said...

I love grilled chicken and pumpkin seeds!
kkondek at gmail.com

Kristen said...

My favorite is avocado.

Sandra K321 said...

Golden raisins and shaved carrots.
seknobloch(at)Gmail(dot)com

mogrill said...

Almonds,Cranberries and Chicken.
Thanks for the chance.

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Christine Jensen said...

Green onions, they add so much great flavor!

freddie said...

I like mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, almonds and croutons. dwelchert@yahoo.com

alisa said...

dried cranberries, strawberries, mangos, sunflower seeds, apples, pears, almonds, candied walnuts, the list goes on and on! lol

mywildcrazylife said...

I love nuts on my salad. Super yummy

allyson dot bossie at gmail dot com

Dahlia said...

Mmm...love cilantro, nuts & feta on my salads!!

Sarah Hall said...

I love cheese in any salad.

Selinda said...

I love Cucumbers!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

Ann Fantom said...

I love walnuts or sunflower seeds in my salads.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

Diana Stanhope said...

I love croutons, boiled eggs and cheese blocks.

Anonymous said...

cheese cubes, turkey, cilantro and lots of bacon
Kristina.Glidewell@gmail.com

Kathy Davis said...

Srrawberries, pecans and feta cheese.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Kathy Davis said...

FB fan as Kathy Newsom Davis
Kathy Davis
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sweetsue said...

I like lettuce, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.
Susan Chester

Romapr said...

I like lettuce, carrots, radishes, cucumbers with a balsamic vinegar dressing. Thanks!
romapup at gmail dot com

LaurKnotter said...

I would say ranch is my fave ingredient!

Michelle said...

Feta cheese, black olives, avocado

Lynda Del. said...

I love walnuts and stawberries!
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

brandy said...

cottage cheese!

Trasina said...

Avacado and cranberries!

TCMS Cooper said...

almonds and grapes

chantal cooper

Daisy said...

olives and avocado

Anonymous said...

spinah, kale peppers

Anonymous said...

spinach kale and peppers mamotts

Angela Marion said...

I love to use some Romaine and iceberg lettuce with a little bit of spinach, add in some chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, and some strawberries! yum!

Kate Guinn said...

I love black olives and fresh mushrooms

latanya t said...

I like sunflower seeds and feta cheese

Tiffany Overton said...

Feta Cheese! I love Feta Cheese! No Salad is Complete without it!
tiffoverton77@yahoo.com

Les Galloway said...

I love boiled eggs for salads and sunflower seeds.

Leslie Galloway (LesGalloway //at// hotmail //dot// com) www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie

Min K said...

lettuce, tuna, cheese, anchovies, chick peas, walnuts, dressing

Timshaun said...

Walnuts, lettuce, blue cheese and pecans
Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

Kohdok said...

romaine carrots olives and ranch dressing.

Brooke Adametz said...

Spinach, shrimp, pecans, jalapeƱos, feta cheese!

PR4GatheringRoses said...

Easy!

Arugula, Baby Spinach, julienne zucchini, carrots, and red onion. Sliced strawberries. Crumbled feta.
Chopped walnuts and pecans.

Terri P
pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

garygreen said...

I would love to win this prize.

Familyof5 said...

i like ham and hard boiled eggs


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enizete said...

A nice fresh garden salad with some bacon bits and boiled eggs....a delicious meal on it's on....

Becky said...

Avocados,tomatoes, romaine lettuce, boiled egg, cauliflower, broccoli, mozzarella cheese, american cheese, sunflower seeds and lots of croutons. Yummy!

Thanks!

MissaMe said...

Feta, spinach & pecans are yummy!! As well as black olives.

Carole Ingram said...

We love Bacon in our salad :)

Zak said...

Mixes baby herbs, julienne carrot strips, red cabbage, red onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and olive oil.

Terra H. said...

My fave are bacon bits and feta cheese. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Theresa said...

I love adding cucumbers and cherry tomatoes to suddenly salad

cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

Pamela Kline said...

I love cottage cheese, bacon, shredded turkey, olives, and slivers of almonds on my salads. I really love anything crunchy.

sue said...

Cranberries and apples! Thank you

Liz said...

Pistachios & cranberries!

Brenda I said...

I love cucumbers, so refreshing!

Jay said...

I like tomatoes.
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jcarrturq5 said...

My favorite salad ingredient is dried cranberries.
jcarrturq5@yahoo.com

ellen_levickis said...

iceberg lettuce, hard boiled egg, peas, any nuts, dressing, and BACON

buzzd said...

spring mix lettuce, diced egg, carrots, cucumber, shredded cheddar cheese, almonds, avacado and ranch dressing

c allen said...

i love baby spinach, sun flower seeds, shredded cheese, tomatoes and crutons topped with ranch thanks crystal allen

Tina Bartunek said...

I like bacon bits and cheese.

Heather! said...

I like hard boiled egg on my salad!
Thanks!¬
h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! said...

I like hard boiled egg on my salad!
Thanks!¬
h4schaffer at gmail dot com

bettycd said...

My salads are a mix of lettuces, tomato, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, celery along with usually an Italian dressing
I stay away from eggs, bacon, cheese toppings -- I love them but they detract from the healthy focus of our salads

Stephanie said...

My favorite ingredients are hard boiled eggs and sunflower seeds, though my salads usually contain a lot more.

Ash Johnson said...

Spinach, carrots and tomatoes

Rowell Reviews said...

Croutons! I eat them plain too. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

Francine said...

bacon

Lisa M said...

mushrooms!

lilyk said...

I love bacon!

Jennifer T. said...

I like any type of cheese and olives.
jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

Darcie Decided said...

I love olives and sunflower seeds!

MissieFaye said...

I like a spinach salad with white chedder, hard-boiled eggs, raisins, pickled beets, peas, broccoli, mushrooms, red onions, ham, and creamy French dressing....yum!

Tawny said...

I love lettuce, tomato, cucumbers,
almonds, and dried fruit for my salads. (I'd use black walnuts instead of almonds if I could afford them.)

Mandy Haynes said...

I love a salad with spring mix, grape tomatoes, grapes, cranberries, and almonds. Topped with a raspberry vinagrette.

tara1965 said...

avacados and sunflower seeds

Daphne Turner said...

bacon bits and dried cranberries, plus the usual lettuce types and garden fresh tomatoes

Julie said...

olives

hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

April Edens said...

I love boiled eggs.

Roy F. said...

My favorite salad ingredients are croutons, eggs and almonds

Auri Lae said...

Raw mushrooms and hard-boiled eggs!

Darlene said...

In my salad I like tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, feta cheese and chicken

owen.darlene@gmail.com

Gala said...

nuts and hard boiled eggs

Stevie said...

Baby spinach & sunflower seeds

Angelique Drummond said...

I love beets and peas in my salads.

Rosemary M said...

I love a salad with baby greens, beets, feta cheese and walnuts with Raspberry Vinagrette dressing.

Melissa said...

I like hardboiled eggs and shredded cheese.

luckynordberg said...

I love sugar snap peas, and grape tomatos

Karen F said...

bacon bits and cheese

Brutus Duffy said...

I like crumbled blue cheese. bacon bits and boiled egg in my salads.

Erika P. said...

Grilled chicken breast strips.

fozzy331 said...

I love onions in my salad

jules said...

my favorite salad ingredient would be grape tomatoes. love em.

imisstx at comcast dot net

ababe28 said...

Walnuts, celery and blue cheese!!

ababe28 at hotmail dot com

kyl neusch said...

tomatoes and corn

ape2016 said...

I have to have cheese on my salads

ayed2016(at)aol(dot)com

dario moniz said...

I love olives in my salads

yanktheese@yahoo.com

Carie said...

Grapefruit!

Elizabeth said...

I like to add avocado.

egholtrop at gmail dot com

Christina said...

cucumbers, grapes, green olives, and tomatoes!

Stacy said...

My FAV is tomatoes...I just can't get enough!! MMmm, summer!!

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