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DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party + Giveaway (CLOSED)

Earlier this year, I attended the DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Summit in Carmel, CA! I was lucky enough to explore where our lettuce comes from, and take healthy tapas cooking classes by an incredible chef! Now it’s time to celebrate the Taste of Spain with a DOLE Salads fiesta!

This year, DOLE Salads is taking your taste buds on a doleicious journey through Spain! Enjoy the warm flavors of smoked paprika, and roasted peppers, alongside pine nuts and fresh DOLE Salad greens in this culinary exploration. Along with promoting healthy recipes filled with veggies and greens, tapas (small bites) are an excellent addition for entertaining guests and incorporating more vegetables into your diet. Stuffed mushrooms, roasted red pepper crostinis, and stuffed sweet mini peppers, almonds, and olives are just a few ideas to get your party started!

Make sure to enter my giveaway by tomorrow at midnight (details below) for your chance to win a DOLE Salad Taste of Spain House Party Kit! The winner will be announced on Wednesday!

DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
Sautéed DOLE Spinach with Pine Nuts, & Raisins
Adapted from Tapas
Serves 4

2 packages of DOLE baby spinach
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup raisins
3 Tbsp dry sherry
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
pinch of smoked spanish paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the raisins in warm water for 3 minutes, then drain. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, add the pine nuts and garlic, cook for 1 minute, then add sherry and boil for 1 minute. Add spinach and paprika and toss well to coat with the juices. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes until spinach has wilted. Add the drained raisins and season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve.
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
Catlan Chickpeas over DOLE Spring Mix
Adapted from Tapas
Serves 4

2 Packages of DOLE Spring Mix
1 can cooked chickpeas
1 red onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves, bruised
pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a skillet, and add the onion. Cook unions until soft and caramelized. Add the garlic, mushrooms, and bay leaves and sauté over gentle heat for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in the chickpeas and tomato, and heat through until flavors are combined. Remove bay leaves and discard. Sprinkle with pepper, and serve over spring mix.

DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
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DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
DOLE Taste of Spain Salad Party
Would you like to host a DOLE Taste of Spain Salad party for you and your friends?
DOLE Taste of Spain Party Kit includes:
1 ceramic tapas tray by Spanish retailed La Tienda
1 Flamenco-style apron,
1 Cook book – Tapas: Delicious Little Dishes from Spain
13 DOLE Salads recipe fans
13 Flamenco-style rose hair clips
13 DOLE tote bags
13 coupons for FREE DOLE Salad Blends & Kits (exp: 7/31/13)

For your chance to win:
1. Comment on this post telling me what your favorite salad green is.

2. Tweet ” Enter for your chance to host a @DOLEsalads #tasteofspain salad party from @EatRabbitFood http://bit.ly/1bGNvRp ”
– Leave a separate comment with the url to your tweet!

2. Share the following photo on Instagram with the Instagram handle @RabbitFoodForMyBunnyTeeth and hashtag #RFFMBTspain

DOLE Taste of Spain Instagram
This means you can earn up to three entries!

Contest ends TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 23rd at 11:59pm PST.
Winner will be announced Wednesday, July 24th!
Must use a valid email address when entering. Open to U.S. residents only.

With each purchase of DOLE Salad Blends or Kits with the promotional “Taste of Spain” packaging, you will receive a game piece inside with a code to play the instant win game for your change to win the DOLE grand prize trip to spain worth $40k! Read more details about DOLE’s instant win game here. Another incentive to eat your greens, right?!

Dole Salad Circle Party + Giveaway

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.