Why the salad party? Well when Dole asked me if I wanted to spread the word about their "Start a Salad Circle" campaign and give away a super duper salad party kit to one of my readers - and get Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman to introduce the promo to my HHL readers, I said "Sure!" Because I totally agree that a great salad is something to share, celebrate and throw a party for.
Enter the giveaway - over $150 value in fab salad stuff - including an awesome BIG salad serving bowl, party supplies (bags, salad bag clips, recipes and more for your party guests - or give away extra goodies to salad-loving friends) plenty of Dole salad coupons, a $100 iTunes gift card to pick out some salad-y tunes for your party, and more. Oh and get my recipe ahead too!..
Promo into from the lovely Felicity Huffman!..
GIVEAWAY. First the giveaway! GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED - CONGRATS TO CECELIA P.
Giveaway Prize for one winner: (1) Dole Salad Party Kit + $100 itunes gift card (about $150+ total prize value)
How to Enter -> enter by commenting on this post. You must comment to gain initial entry into the giveaway. Comment by telling me your favorite salad ingredient(s) right now. For example, I'm really digging cubed baked sweet potato, thinly sliced crunchy celery, chopped green bell pepper, perky steamed peas, colorful grated carrots and fragrant chopped cilantro on my salads right now! You can just name one ingredient if you'd like :)
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Giveaway Entry Period Ends Thursday May 23rd at 12pm PST (I'll tweet the winner and contact via email)
GOOD LUCK! Some of the prize goodies..
Now since you guys are all already in MY salad circle, I'm sharing a recipe.
Spring-y & Summery-y Salad. This zesty, bright, fun Aloha Salad is perfect for sunny days. This would taste amazing dining outside with a cool glass on sun tea and some hearty slices of freshly baked bread or toasted pita on the side.
Aloha Salad with Tiki Tempeh
1 bag Dole Tender Greens
1 bag Dole Romaine Lettuce or Cole Slaw Cabbage Blend
1 cup Dole pineapple, chopped
1/3 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1 banana, sliced
pepper to taste
optional: shredded coconut
Creamy Avocado Pineapple Dressing:
1 avocado, pit removed
1 Tbsp tahini
1/3 cup pineapple, chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1-2 Tbsp oil (I used walnut oil)
2 tsp tamari
salt/pepper to taste
optional: add a jalapeno or a few dashes cayenne to make it spicy
4 triangles tempeh
2-3 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp tamari
salt/pepper to taste
1 Tbsp safflower oil for saute
1 tsp macadamia nuts as texture (optional)
1. Add all dressing ingredients to high speed blender or food processor - blend on high. Adjust salt/pepper to taste.
2. Toss the greens with a few spoonfuls of dressing. Do not over dress. You can always add more dressing during serving. Arrange nuts, banana and pineapple over top greens.
3. Tempeh: Heat oil in skillet. Add triangles. Add maple syrup, tamari and liquid smoke over top tempeh. Allow to cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side - until sticky and browned. For quicker cooking, slice triangles into thinner slices before sauteing. Add pepper/salt as desired. You can also add other spices if desired. Turn off heat and add nuts over top hot tempeh - the hot pan will slightly warm the nuts and stick to the tempeh which is still cooling. Once cooled, add tempeh to salad bowl or serve on separate plate.
Colorful mini umbrellas optional :)
Another one of my FAVE Dole-inspired salad recipes: Mango Avocado Macadamia Nut and Arugula Salad.
disclaimer: I was received with (1) Dole Salad Circle Party Kit as shown above.