Happy Monday, I hope that you had a fantastic weekend!
Motivation Monday: “Eat better, feel better”

When DOLE asked me if I would like to host a Salad Circle Party, I was pumped. Wait… beyond pumped… I was overly excited! Before I could even respond, I had my party completely planned out. I had visions of cute little fruit and veggies balloons hanging from the tree and all of my friends joining together to make one giant Friendship Salad. After my reply to DOLE, “When is the soonest I can host my party?” my vision quickly became a reality. DOLE was kind enough to send me the perfect starter kit and basis of my salad party: a plethora of fresh greens of DOLE Extra Veggie mixes with Snap Peas, Grape Tomatoes, and Garden Vegetables, some gorgeous Dole Hand Picked Selections Red Butter, Green Butter, and Green Oak whole lettuce heads, along with a wooden salad bowl, matching tongs and awesome goodies for my guests! Each guest received a DOLE reusable grocery bag, DOLE salad or cut-vegetable item coupons, DOLE fresh vegetable product or berry coupons, and a Salad Circle Recipe Booklets, and Salad Guides!

When I invited my friends to come over for a Salad Circle Party, I think everyone was a bit confused! Seriously, a party for salad? Oh yes, but not your average party or your average salad. This is the Olympics of salad parties.

Instead of preparing a salad for my guests, I wanted them to be a part of it! I wanted to try something new and have each person take part in the making of a Friendship Salad. I requested that each guest bring an ingredient that began with the first letter of their first name. As the host and official “Salad Guide” (thanks for the amazing apron, DOLE!) I started the Friendship Salad with a bed of fresh DOLE greens. We went around the table in a circle tossing each of our ingredients on top of the crisp mix of DOLE lettuces, and I couldn’t help but wonder what this masterpiece would taste like. I actually cringed at one point… We had quite an interesting ingredient list going on! After everyone put their ingredients into the bowl, I completed the Friendship Salad with a drizzle of dressing and gave it a nice toss. The mishmash of ingredients blended into a gorgeous array of colors and incredible flavor. Hesitant to try the salad, I took my first bite and was pleasantly surprised as to how oddly, but perfectly, the flavors came together. You would not believe that this combination of less than ordinary ingredients was seriously DOLEicious! It turned out so well that I and many of my friends ended up going back for seconds! A Salad Circle Party will definitely be a new summer tradition in my kitchen. It’s a fun, affordable, and healthy way to entertain guests and every salad will always be different!



Catherine/Host: Greens & Dressing
Holding Dole Hand Picked Selections Green & Red Butter lettuce heads.

Anthony: Avocado & Brett: Beets

Cathie: Corn & Jessica: Jicama

Linda: Lentils & Lauren: Lemon

Michael: Mozzarella & Mike: Medjool Dates

Patrick: Pineapple & Sarah: Sunflower Seeds

Tammy: Tangerines & Trevor: Tomatoes













Huge thank you to DOLE for all of the Salad Circle goodies & special thanks to Jessica at Cardelucci | Photography + Design for the amazing photos!

DOLE is offering one lucky RFFMBT reader a change to host their own salad party for 10!
The lucky winner will receive a Salad Circle Pack consisting of:
1 DOLE salads apron
1 wooden salad bowl and tongs
10 DOLE reusable grocery bags
10 DOLE salad guides
10 DOLE salad circle recipe booklets
20 DOLE coupons (10 DOLE Salad or cut vegetable item coupons & 10 DOLE fresh vegetable product or berries coupons)

For your chance to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post “Dole Salad Circle Party + Giveaway” telling me what your favorite salad ingredient is!
  • You can earn a second entry by tweeting: “I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG .”
  • Complete your second entry by leaving a second comment on this post with a copy of your tweet.
  • All entries must use a valid email address.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • All comments must be posted by Thursday, August 9th at 11:59pm (PST).
  • 1 winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, August 10th.

For more DOLEicious salad ideas and information, visit their Twitter and Facebook!

* The giveaway has ended, and the winner will be announced on Friday, August 10.
** Congratulations to the winner: Vanessa G. from TN.

209 Comments on Dole Salad Circle Party + Giveaway

  1. Darbi
    August 6, 2012 at 11:54 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient to add to a salad is hummus!

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    • Jennifer
      August 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm (6 years ago)

      My favorite ingredient to add to my salads is red onion.

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    • Autumn Castillo
      August 8, 2012 at 9:35 am (6 years ago)

      My favorite ingredient is goat cheese!!!

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  2. Lauren
    August 6, 2012 at 11:57 am (6 years ago)

    Right now, I’m really into artichoke hearts. I hadn’t had them before, so I’m sure this obsession is just because it’s something new. I also love to add mushrooms and shredded carrots in salads because they are so filling. Yum! I’m excited to try this event.

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  3. Hannah
    August 6, 2012 at 11:57 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is chickpeas!

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  4. Ferne Emery
    August 6, 2012 at 11:58 am (6 years ago)

    My fave salad ingredient is avacado

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  5. Mila
    August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient is an avocado! After cutting them up they add a great creamy texture. Then, if paired with sunflower oil, the best salad is created!

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  6. Rebecca C.
    August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient to add to a salad is avocado! Yum!

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  7. Monica Caughlin
    August 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm (6 years ago)

    My fav to add to salad is avocado!

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  8. veronica t
    August 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm (6 years ago)

    my all time fave salad add on is avocado 🙂

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  9. Katy
    August 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm (6 years ago)

    What a fun party! I love the produce balloons- and it looks like your guests definitely embraced the theme. Some of the ingredients were pretty creative.
    I really have a hard time picking my favorite salad ingredient. I LOVE salad. One ingredient that I don’t always see at a salad bar that I enjoy on my salad is banana peppers. I’ll have to go with that as my “favorite” salad ingredient.

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  10. Melissa Mekdeci
    August 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is really a tie. For a savory salad I love artichoke hearts. But for a sweeter salad I love mandarin oranges!

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  11. Jamie
    August 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm (6 years ago)

    What a cute post, and the salad party looked like so much fun! My current favorite salad ingredient is tzatziki! It makes a great option for a salad dressing.

    Reply
  12. Maria
    August 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I LOVE pickled beets! I like the big unsliced beets from a jar, but my favorite beets are pickled by my grandma!

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    • Maria
      August 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm (6 years ago)

      PS: love the idea for guest to come with an ingredient that starts with the same letter as their first name! Now I’m playing a game in my head to come up with a fruit or vegetable for each person in my family! Did you give suggestions? I wouldn’t have thought of Mejdool Dates for M. Great one!

      Reply
  13. Kate S.
    August 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite is technically 2 ingredients b/c it’s the mix that’s amazing!! Pineapple and balsamic vinegar!

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  14. Veronique
    August 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm (6 years ago)

    My Favorite ingredient to add to a salad is Sunflower seeds. I love the nutty taste and crunch

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  15. Melissa Mekdeci
    August 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Melissa ‏@MelissaMekdeci

    I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG

    Reply
  16. Veronique
    August 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Véronique Nadeau ‏@veronadeau

    I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG

    Reply
  17. Christina
    August 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm (6 years ago)

    What a fun and yummy idea!!

    My favorite salad topper is sunflower seeds or garbanzo beans. Don’t make me choose one!

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  18. Jessica
    August 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great idea – I’ve never heard of this! I’d love to try it in Tennessee, I’m “new” here and I’ve found that a good number of people don’t value a healthy lifestyle (I’m not saying all!!!).

    My favorite salad topper is definitely hard boiled eggs! YUM!

    I think a DOLE Salad Circle Party is something my co workers would enjoy…and something I’d love to host!

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  19. Niki
    August 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm (6 years ago)

    Avocado for sure!

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  20. Aimee M
    August 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm (6 years ago)

    Avocado! Putting avocado on anything makes me eat it.

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  21. Cynthia Meyers
    August 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to add strawberries and walnuts to a salad with a light vinaigrette! Love this idea from DOLE! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Sara
    August 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm (6 years ago)

    This is awesome!!! My favorite salad ingredient is probably edamame! 🙂

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    • vicki
      August 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm (6 years ago)

      Oops…. Catherine! How did I get your name wrong. Feeling very sheepish right now! Please forgive me!

      Reply
  23. vicki
    August 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm (6 years ago)

    What an absolutley fun way to have a party! We love vegies here and grow a lot of our own. So yummy! Since we ( my hubby and I) have been eating clean, salads are a big part of our diet! It has been about 2 months of clean eating and we are feeling fabulous!!! Rebbecca! You have been a great source of ideas and support! Thanks and we’re going to do a Salad Party soon. Hopefully a Dole Salad Party!

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  24. Anna-Bonanna
    August 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm (6 years ago)

    It’s really hard to choose just one but I would have to pick dried cranberries or cherrys! 🙂

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  25. Mindy Guthrie
    August 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient is fresh fruit! I love strawberries, grapes, crisp apples really just about any fruit. I usally pick one or two to toss in. This summer I have also loved adding a fruit flavored vinaigrette with lime infused olive oil! Makes a great fresh summer salad. YUMMMM 🙂

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  26. Kayla
    August 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Peas!

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  27. Allison
    August 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad topping is avocado. It feels too creamy and decadent to actually be good for you!

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  28. megan vanetten
    August 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    my favorite salad topper is either avocado or beets YUM-YUMM too close to call 😉

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  29. Aimee
    August 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    What a fun idea! My favorite salad ingredient is avocado! Yum-Yum!

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  30. Angie
    August 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Favorite salad ingredient is sun-dried tomatoes. Oh wait, maybe it is feta cheese. Or possibly homemade croutons. Oh gosh – so many great salads so little time to type all my favs in.

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  31. Cassandra
    August 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad topper is olives! They taste so good and with them I don’t need any dressing at all!

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  32. Jessica
    August 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm (6 years ago)

    I love adding fruit to my salad! Right now my favorite is strawberries.

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  33. Kelli Johnson
    August 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Its so hard to pick since I like to experiment with my salads (usually by throwing together left overs, like onions and yesterday’s chicken). But if I had to pick one thing, I’d have to say SPROUTS! I don’t often get a chance to buy them, but when I do, they’re gone quickly! Salads, Sandwiches, all sorts of goodies!

    Sprouts are irresistible!

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  34. Michelle
    August 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm (6 years ago)

    feta cheese!!!

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  35. Jennifer R
    August 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm (6 years ago)

    It’s a tie between red onion and balsamic vinegar! 🙂

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  36. Annie
    August 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm (6 years ago)

    mmm….salad! I love some avocado or chickpeas or dried cranberries…maybe some feta. craving a huge salad now!

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  37. Alicia
    August 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow, that looks like so much fun. I’m gonna have to try that with my friends!! My favorite thing to add to a salad is cherry or grape tomatoes. I looooove tomatoes! 🙂 Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

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  38. Missy
    August 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Your party decorations are to die for! 🙂 My favorite salad topper would definitely be green olives…yum!

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  39. jill
    August 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm (6 years ago)

    chopped apple…yum!

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  40. Lindsay
    August 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Salsa! I use it in place of dressing 🙂

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  41. Renee D.
    August 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Dole Salad Circle Party + Giveaway. I love cracked pepper almonds, or feta CHEESE!

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  42. Megan
    August 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Goat cheese. It really adds flavor to either a savory or a sweet salad.

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  43. MichelleH
    August 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm (6 years ago)

    What a FUN party!

    I love to add sunflower seeds to a salad. If they’re not available I’ll use chopped walnuts or pecans, but sunflower seeds are my favorite.

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  44. Trisha Waters
    August 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great idea! It looks like a blast! My favorite salad ingredient is fresh Baby Spinach! YUM!

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  45. Milkale
    August 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad topper is a tie between almonds and raspberries!! I seriously cannot eat a salad without almonds because they always give the perfect crunch and the raspberries are so sweet and just look so pretty on my salads!

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  46. Angela
    August 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I love, love, love, love citrus vinegarette!!!

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  47. Kadie
    August 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Catherine you are the cutest thing ever!! I love all of the decorations for the party and all of your creative ideas. My favorite salad ingredient is beets. Pickled or plain they are so delicious. Plus if you get a variety of colors you have the most beautiful salad ever! Thanks for all of the inspiration!

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  48. Kadie
    August 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I tweeted: “I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG . I hope I win!”

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  49. Milkale
    August 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I tweeted! AND I follow you!
    @mikalemarie
    I LOVE SALAD! 🙂 “I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood

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  50. amanda
    August 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm (6 years ago)

    yummy! that salad looks delicious! my fav topping is avocado.

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  51. Jennifer P.
    August 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm (6 years ago)

    What a GREAT idea to have everyone bring an ingredient with the same letter as their name! I love it! I would love to host a salad party like this. My favorite salad ingredient is sundried tomatoes.

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  52. Cassandra
    August 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Goat cheese. I LOVE goat cheese in salad

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  53. Stacey in TX
    August 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to put avocados in my salad!

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  54. Lauren Ciulla
    August 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is artichoke hearts!

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  55. Sam H
    August 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad topping is either avocado or goat cheese!!

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  56. Allison
    August 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I love adding avocado to a salad – so creamy and delish!

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  57. Sally
    August 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite topping is pine nuts! I love your website and it has inspired me to change my life by becomin fit!!

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  58. Allison
    August 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I love adding avocados – so creamy & delish!

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  59. Allison
    August 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm (6 years ago)

    I tweeted: @AllisonGonzalez
    I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG

    Reply
  60. Emily
    August 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is strawberries! I can eat a strawberry every day!

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  61. Reina Brooks
    August 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is avocado! Healthy fat, rich taste; perfect!

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  62. Cheryl Masnova
    August 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredientwoyld definitely have to tomatoes!

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  63. Aimee
    August 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

    What a fun party! I wish I had been there! 😉 I love putting pineapple in my salad, also I love spinach.

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  64. Haley Hawthorne
    August 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad add-in would have to be broccoli! The tops catch a little extra dressing and are so yummy!

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  65. Sam M. | Atkinson Drive
    August 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm (6 years ago)

    It’s so hard to choose a favorite salad ingredient – but I do love garbanzo beans in my salads!

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  66. Audrey
    August 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I love cut up bits of avocado in my salad!

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  67. Delmecia Blumenberg
    August 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is cucumbers. But I also love sunflower seeds Ans red onions.

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  68. Megan S.
    August 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient would be feta cheese or fruit!

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  69. Rosanna Sanchez
    August 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is cabbage. Fresh, ice cold and crunchy cabbage is delicious in any salad!

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  70. Jana
    August 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is nuts… almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts. I love the crunch and added protein!

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  71. Jana
    August 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm (6 years ago)

    pnutallergyprincess@pnutprincess

    I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG

    Reply
  72. Christine
    August 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite thing to put on a salad is an apple. It’s can add a tart tang like a granny smith a sweetness like a honeycrisp or even be in the middle like a fuji. Too many choices to name but it’s always adds that extra something I love with my salad. Of course then you get to pair it with delicious things like walnuts and feta cheese or even Brie but apples is my #1 ingredient!

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  73. Christine
    August 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm (6 years ago)

    @steenie81 I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://t.co/IRU5oMSy

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  74. Debbie Chiong
    August 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite is avocados. They’re so yummy on salads. 🙂

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  75. Kim Haig
    August 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love beets on salads! YUM!

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  76. Leanne T
    August 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite thing to put in my salad is avocado! So creamy and delicious and full of healthy goodness!

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  77. Valerie
    August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite thing in salad is dried cranberries. Pineapple sounds interesting though!

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  78. Tammy
    August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm (6 years ago)

    My fave would be Chickpeas!!! Yum!

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  79. Courtney
    August 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I love salads, and asking me to pick 1 ingredient is really hard! I guess right now, in the summer time, one of my favorites is fresh tomatoes from the farmers market. SO good!

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  80. Bea
    August 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to put fresh herbs in my salad–cilantro is really good!

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  81. Tallene
    August 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite addition to a salad is sunflower seeds! It’s a great source of vitamin E and it is surprisingly flavorful.

    I posted this on twitter:
    https://twitter.com/Overcooked350/status/232620883028619264

    I hope I win because I am starting a health club at school and I would LOVE for this to be one of the activities!

    Thanks <3
    Tallene

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  82. Rachel
    August 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm (6 years ago)

    What an awesome party! The balloons look like they took some work. My favorite salad ingredient (although it’s hard to choose just one!) is tomatoes. Sun-dried, fresh, chopped, whole, baked . . . they are good in any form atop some greens and drizzled with olive oil!

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  83. Sandra
    August 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm (6 years ago)

    It’s a toss up between black olives and garbanzo beans. So good!

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  84. Janet
    August 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Ohh I just LOVE those balloons!!

    My favorite salad ingredients currently are blueberries!! I love adding fruit to salads! Yum!

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  85. Casey
    August 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Sooo hard to choose just one! Avocado is my absolute favorite, but I also fresh herbs like basil, parsley and cilantro for added flavor.

    Great post and love the photos! Looks like a super fun and healthy way to celebrate summer.

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  86. Janet
    August 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Janet LaDuca ‏@bnj488

    I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG . 🙂

    Reply
  87. Elise
    August 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient is pepperoncini peppers!

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  88. Jackie
    August 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad topping is kalmata olives!

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  89. Allison
    August 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I love, love, love avocados in a salad!

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  90. Erin @ erinberries
    August 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I love adding avocado to my salads. I love the creamy texture!

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  91. Davina
    August 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I <3 putting Jicama in my salads! So yummm 🙂

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  92. J.hermiller
    August 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm (6 years ago)

    CRAISINS!!!

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  93. Melissa
    August 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient is thinly sliced strawberries. Yummmm

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  94. JoAnne
    August 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is mandarin oranges! delicious!

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  95. Megan
    August 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Crisp bell peppers, raw almonds and tomatos

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  96. Bridget
    August 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I love raisins or dates on my salad!

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  97. Brytne
    August 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm (6 years ago)

    My new favorite thing is to put chickpeas in my salad!

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  98. Ashley P.
    August 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm (6 years ago)

    Lately I have been hooked on adding dried cranberries to my salads. So yummy!

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  99. Megan
    August 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm (6 years ago)

    So hard to pick one! But it has to be grapes. They add the perfect amount of sweetness. 🙂 love your blog! 🙂

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  100. Megan
    August 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm (6 years ago)

    Goat cheese and pears! I love the sweet and creamy/salty combination! Its much like your cottage cheese and pear toast)! When paired with some baby spinach and walnuts, it’s a sinfully delicious combination!

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  101. sue_k
    August 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Loving Pecorino Romano. My newest fav, salad and more!

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  102. sue_k
    August 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I am shameless & entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG. Balloon bananas! Woot-woot! (Actually couldn’t fit the woot-woot on the tweet… But I thought it!)

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  103. Jen A
    August 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Apples are fantastic in salads!

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  104. Natalie Chin
    August 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Tomatoes!!

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  105. Angella Pizzo
    August 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Ive been hooked on banana peppers. But I do love a strawberry in my salad too

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  106. Rebeka
    August 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to add dried fruits to my salads!

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  107. Diana
    August 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Ahh this looked like so much fun! Such a creative and interactive party for friends. Your idea to have guests bring an item that went with their first names was great! My favorite salad ingredients are fresh kale, artichoke hearts or roasted pumpkin seeds 🙂

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  108. Kristen
    August 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient would have to be olives! Yummy.

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  109. Janna
    August 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I love raisins on my salad!

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  110. Bobi Jo
    August 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient to add to a perfect summer salad lately has been sunflower seeds!

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  111. Bobi Jo
    August 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Bobi Jo Homer ‏@bobijo_xo

    I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG.

    Reply
  112. Jessica Esteves
    August 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm (6 years ago)

    How awesome would it be to have a salad party!!! My favorite thing to add to my salads are avocado!! They are just amazing 🙂

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  113. Maddy
    August 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is roasted sweet potatoes!

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  114. Emily
    August 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is, without a doubt, “craisins”, or dried cranberries. It brings a bit of sweetness to some leafy greens.

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  115. Lisa
    August 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Catherine,

    i accidently stumbled across your blog yesterday, and i must confess i have spent hours reading it since then.
    You are an inspiring and beautiful woman and I love to read your recipes and ideas.

    I am a veggie since i was nine, (nearly 15 years now! 🙂 but your way to eat is truly inspiring and motivating me to loose some weight and become healthier as well.

    I will check the next bio-supermarket after work if I can get a few of the ingredients you are using (most of them I have never heart of before 😉

    So… just wanted to let you know you have some fans in austria, Europe, as well 🙂

    xo,
    Lisa

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  116. Christine Kade
    August 7, 2012 at 12:11 am (6 years ago)

    My fave salad ingredient is Mandarin oranges.

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  117. Catherine
    August 7, 2012 at 12:48 am (6 years ago)

    Hmmm, there are so many favorites I have!! Avocado would be my number one choice though!

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  118. Donna Porter
    August 7, 2012 at 12:54 am (6 years ago)

    Cranberries and nuts are my favorite!

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  119. dana
    August 7, 2012 at 4:50 am (6 years ago)

    I love to add tuna and hardboiled eggs to my salad!!! yum!

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  120. Lindsay
    August 7, 2012 at 4:58 am (6 years ago)

    I love the crunch of almonds in salad!

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  121. Beth McCarthy
    August 7, 2012 at 5:04 am (6 years ago)

    Mandarin oranges!!!

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  122. Rachael
    August 7, 2012 at 5:37 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad component right now is a poached egg! I break it on top and let the yolk become my dressing 🙂

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  123. Sandra
    August 7, 2012 at 6:57 am (6 years ago)

    My fav ingredient for a salad would be strawberries!

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  124. Kaitlin
    August 7, 2012 at 7:12 am (6 years ago)

    This is such a cute idea!

    My favorite salad ingredient is a toss up between feta cheese and avocado.

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  125. Danita
    August 7, 2012 at 7:17 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient has recently been pumpkin seeds! While I love the texture and taste, it’s a great additive for my fiancee, who isn’t as much into fruits and veggies as I am 😉 When I first brought him pumpkin seeds, he was ecstatic – he loves anything pumpkin! And, on top of that, they are packed with so many great nutrients for him. It’s been a great way to encourage him to eat his veggies!

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  126. Jenny
    August 7, 2012 at 7:18 am (6 years ago)

    Apples!

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  127. Jaime F
    August 7, 2012 at 7:32 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is avocado! They’re so creamy and perfect with crunchy salad!

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  128. Kelly
    August 7, 2012 at 7:45 am (6 years ago)

    My fave salad ingredient is avocados!

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  129. Debbie
    August 7, 2012 at 7:53 am (6 years ago)

    craisins and black olives!

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  130. Amber
    August 7, 2012 at 8:44 am (6 years ago)

    Salad parties are the best! I love to put hearts of palm in my salads

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  131. Amber
    August 7, 2012 at 8:47 am (6 years ago)

    A copy of my Tweet: Yummy! I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG

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  132. Emily
    August 7, 2012 at 9:06 am (6 years ago)

    Where’s the love for tomatoes? Tomatoes of any kind are my favorite – and most frequent – salad add-on.

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  133. Teri
    August 7, 2012 at 9:19 am (6 years ago)

    Chickpeas are my favorie addition to salads. They add great texture and protein! Yummy!

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  134. Christine
    August 7, 2012 at 9:28 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway! My favorite ingredient is….chick peas! and they start with a C like my name, Christine!

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  135. Andie G
    August 7, 2012 at 9:29 am (6 years ago)

    My all time favorite things to add are avocados and dried cranberries, the combination makes for an interesting texture and a delicious flavor!

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  136. Missy
    August 7, 2012 at 9:33 am (6 years ago)

    I love spinach as a salad! I could eat anything with spinach! I also love topping salad with some fresh sliced avocado!

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  137. Natalie
    August 7, 2012 at 9:44 am (6 years ago)

    LEMON! The freshest dressing!

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  138. Eleanor
    August 7, 2012 at 9:47 am (6 years ago)

    How cool! a salad party! I think I like dried fruits or cheese the best in salads. Gives it a little something extra!

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  139. Randi
    August 7, 2012 at 10:19 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredients are avocado and goat cheese….but not in the same salad. Yum yum yiggity yum!

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  140. Brittany
    August 7, 2012 at 10:20 am (6 years ago)

    I love dried cranberries! …And blueberries 🙂

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  141. Courtney Marcus Elliott
    August 7, 2012 at 11:35 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient is grilled asparagus and Quinoa 🙂

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  142. Tessa
    August 7, 2012 at 11:36 am (6 years ago)

    It’s a toss up between lime juice and avocado. They go so well together that it’s hard thinking of one without the other…

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  143. Elizabeth Wickland
    August 7, 2012 at 11:43 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient has to be… dried cherries. Or feta. It’s kind of a toss between those two!! Better yet, make a salad with both… 😉

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  144. katherine d
    August 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm (6 years ago)

    my favorite ingredient is raw sliced mushrooms!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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  145. Gayle
    August 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Salsa for dressing!

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  146. Alicia
    August 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient is chopped almonds! I love that extra crunch.

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  147. Ana
    August 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm (6 years ago)

    garbanzo beans add yummy fiber

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  148. Erin
    August 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm (6 years ago)

    A salad is not complete for me without red onion! And I also agree with everyone else, avacado has become my new craving, especially on a salad!

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  149. Courtney
    August 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient in salads is cheese, always cheese. But, I’m not American, so I can’t win, but whatever.

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  150. margo
    August 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Avocado is my fave!

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  151. Stacie
    August 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I love salad and I love my friends! How fun getting together for a salad cirlce! Love it.

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  152. Vanessa G
    August 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is juicy, red tomatoes. 🙂

    I told my teacher friends I work with about the giveaway. I hope that counts as points! You know how teachers love free stuff! Haha. I’d love to win so we can have a salad party. 🙂

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  153. Ashley
    August 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm (6 years ago)

    As if late mu favorite has to be olives! Green olives!

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  154. Brooke Guevara
    August 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm (6 years ago)

    my favorite salad topping is chopped nuts! but honestly, I like my salad with LOTS of toppings. fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and homemade dressings <3

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  155. Tammy Harris
    August 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I love pecans, feta and water chestnuts in a salad, I’m all about the texture. I think jicama would add a great twist to an already tasty salad.

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  156. misschelsmangia
    August 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love fresh fruit in my salad, usually strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, but any fruit normally works for me! That and a healthy lemon tahini dressing!

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  157. misschelsmangia
    August 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I tweeted 🙂
    misschelsmangia: I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG .

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  158. Karen
    August 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm (6 years ago)

    What a fun idea!! My favorite salad ingredient is cucumbers. So refreshing!

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  159. Molly
    August 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient is avocado! Yum!

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  160. Lilly
    August 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Ohh the cucumbers!

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  161. Alina Itkin
    August 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient has got to be mangoes or toasted pinenuts. Those make everything more delicious!

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  162. MJ Keller
    August 8, 2012 at 6:43 am (6 years ago)

    Mandarin oranges without a doubt!
    Seriously, what a great way to celebrate the most delicious meal – salad! Love it, great job and gorgeous pics!

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  163. Beth
    August 8, 2012 at 6:58 am (6 years ago)

    Hard to pick just one, but have to say craisens cause it adds that perfect amount of sweetness for a little kick!

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  164. Stacey
    August 8, 2012 at 8:58 am (6 years ago)

    Gotta have grape or cherry tomatoes! They’re delicious in any salad!
    And I absolutely love this salad party idea!

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  165. annie
    August 8, 2012 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    best salad ingredient = goat cheese! it is such a creamy contrast taste to green apples, crisp endive, or fresh cucumbers! NOM 😀

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  166. Ashley Marie Harris
    August 8, 2012 at 9:59 am (6 years ago)

    My absolute favorite ingredient has to be the toasted Almond. I love how it adds that extra bit of crunch to any spinach salad. Spinach can sometimes get mushy but adding almonds helps to balance out the texture every time ! 🙂

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  167. Erin
    August 8, 2012 at 10:30 am (6 years ago)

    My fave is feta. It adds a great saltiness and holds up well to tong-tossing.

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  168. amy
    August 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient are grapes! Gives me the kick of sweetness I need for my sweet tooth. I love the salad party and the balloons. That’s so cute!!!

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  169. Keshia
    August 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I tweeted @Keshiaster

    favorite ingredient on a salad 🙂 walnuts and craisins.

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  170. Madie Fiedler
    August 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is avacado, but I really love it paired with apples, cranberries, and walnuts! SUCH a yummy delight! 🙂

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  171. Madie Fiedler
    August 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Madie Fiedler ‏@girlnamedfiddy
    I entered for a chance to host a @DOLESaladGuide Salad Circle Party via @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/MrMrWG

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  172. Levina
    August 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient in salad has to be pineapple! Adding a bit of pineapple slices makes any salad taste a million times better! 🙂

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  173. jeanne
    August 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is definitely carrots!

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  174. Amy
    August 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is avocado!

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  175. Jennifer C
    August 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite salad ingredient is avocado. I just love the creaminess

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  176. Abby
    August 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Anytime but especially in the summer my absolute favorite thing in a salad is fruit!!! Doesn’t matter what kind it all seems to work so well!

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  177. Siobhan
    August 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm (6 years ago)

    I am crazzzy about beets in salad! I love their earthy sweetness!

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  178. Diane Halbert
    August 9, 2012 at 3:11 am (6 years ago)

    Beautiful, fresh, homegrown tomatoes from my garden! ♥♥♥♥♥

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  179. Jessa
    August 9, 2012 at 4:46 am (6 years ago)

    my favorite salad ingredient is feta cheese.

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  180. Chasty
    August 9, 2012 at 7:51 am (6 years ago)

    I love love love avocado!! No matter what kind of salad I’m making, there is always some hiding in there somewhere!! 🙂

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  181. Tonya
    August 9, 2012 at 8:27 am (6 years ago)

    “Dole Salad Circle Party + Giveaway”

    My favorite ingredient by far is strawberries! They are so fresh and make any salad look beautiful! We all like to eat tasty food that looks pretty?!!

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  182. Bri Roberts
    August 9, 2012 at 10:12 am (6 years ago)

    My favorite ingredient to add to salads, especially in the summer, is some fresh sliced strawberries! Yum.

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  183. Cassie Baker
    August 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I love sunflower seeds on my salad! They give it the perfect crunch in place of croutons!

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  184. Christin Cave
    August 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm (6 years ago)

    walnuts and blue cheese/gorgonzola
    or any nuts and cheese combo – not the healhiest additions, but definitely my favorite!

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  185. Danielle
    August 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Avocados are my favorite!

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  186. Rebecca
    August 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Maple sauteed portobello mushrooms!

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  187. Gloria
    August 13, 2012 at 12:49 am (6 years ago)

    My dehydrated strawberry slices!

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