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I'm a huge fan of salads. I'm not talking about sad lettuce with a little dressing, I'm talking about creative and hearty meals that are mixed together in a bowl. We had our own mini Salad Celebration (a Saladbration if you will!) at the office. We couldn't let National Salad Month pass us by without sharing a sneak peek at our lunch menu, now could we?

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Why we love salads

Yes, on any given day, you will find most of the MT ladies munching, crunching, and lunching on salads. (It's quite a noisy scene in our little office come noon-o'-clock.) We're like a bunch of rabbits let loose in a garden. Hehe!

Nevertheless, based on the awesome response and interaction we had during our video today, we're guessing you guys love your salads too! Whether it's meant as a meal, an appetizer, or a side dish, a salad can be as simple or as complicated as you choose. It's a vehicle for flavor and protein and all sorts of deliciously colorful and healthy delights!... Just thinking about it makes me want to start dicing and chopping and chewing!

Nine Fresh Salad Recipes

We've rounded up a few of our fave veggie-filled creations and some awesome gadgets to take your salad game up a notch. Happy Saladbration!

asparagus caprese salad

Asparagus Caprese Salad 

Spring time calls for fresh produce and lemony flavors so how about a 10 Minute Asparagus Caprese Salad with Basil Gremolata. Get the recipe: Asparagus Caprese Salad via Aberdeen's Kitchen

southwest cous cous salad

Southwest Cous Cous Salad 

A colorful Southwest Couscous Salad perfect for summertime. It's a simple vegan recipe with only two steps — microwaving couscous and tossing all ingredients together. Get the recipe: Southwest Cous Cous Salad via Savory Tooth

kale salad

Kale Salad 

This make-ahead salad is impervious to wilting. Get the recipe: Kale Salad via The Garlic Diaries

chicken fajita salad

Chicken Fajita Salad 

All of the good stuff from your standard Mexican night in, but lighter, crunchier, healthier and potentially even tastier. Get the recipe: Chicken Fajita Salad via The Londoner

meditteranean chopped salad
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Mediterranean Chopped Salad 

A crunchy, flavorful salad with chick peas, olives and feta cheese – perfect for a vegetarian and gluten-free lunch or light dinner! Get the recipe: Mediterranean Chopped Salad via Family Food on the Table

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Cucumber Watermelon and Basil Salad

Fresh fruits of cucumber, mango and watermelon are dressed with a zingy Asian dressing of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and ginger, with a kick of spice from jalapeño. Get the recipe: Cucumber Watermelon and Basil Salad via Foodie Crush

mexican street corn salad

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This summery salad is a crowd-pleaser! It’s fast and easy to prepare, and has a tasty balance of fresh flavors and textures! Get the recipe: Mexican Street Corn Salad via As Easy as Apple Pie

shaved brussels sprouts salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

This easy shaved Brussels sprouts salad recipe features sweet roasted beets, crunchy pecans, and creamy goat cheese, and is delicious as a healthy and vegetarian main dish or served as a side. Get the recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad via Foodie Crush

blt salad

BLT Salad

The recipe can also be adapted to make a BLT sandwich. Just replace the bread crumbs with two 35-calorie slices of reduced-fat bread. And use just two tablespoons of the dressing on the bread. Get the recipe: BLT Salad via It All Started With Paint

Great Gear for Salad Prep

Great Gear for Salad Prep

Now let's talk about the gear you need to whip up a tasty salad. Here are our picks for salad mixologists. 

  1. Sur la Table All-in-One Salad Station ($50): get your lettuce clean and dry in a flash.
  2. OXO Avocado Slicer ($12): This little gem will help open, slice and get rid of the pit. 
  3. Microplane Salad and Herb Mezzaluna ($14): Chop up those herbs in a flash with this tool.
  4. Trudeau Toss & Clip Salad Shears ($25): Safely trip and snip all the goodies you want to put in your salad. 
  5. OXO Salad Dressing Shaker ($23): Mix up your own homemade dressing.
  6. Chilled Salad Container ($14): Once your creation is complete, carry it with you in this clever container.

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