Le Creuset Stock Pot and Salad as a Meal Cookbook {giveaway} – Stocks and Blondes

Salad as a Meal Cookbook, Le Creuset Cookbook

The entry period for this giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for the winner announcement, and in the mean time, make sure you enter our currently running Birthday Giftaways!

Salad as a Meal is a pretty awesome cookbook.

And that’s saying a lot because we might have had some issues with it before we opened the cover.

Toss Two of These and Call Me a “Recipe?”

Aside from the obvious, a title with an underlying message of “Eat salad as a meal, Fatso, instead of that chicken fried bacon steak mac and cheeseburger you’re about to shove into your mouth,” it’s a book filled with recipes for salads.

Recipes for salads, people.

Who needs a recipe for a salad?!

To bake a cake, you need a recipe. To cook pancakes, you need a recipe. To make jahp chae, you need a recipe.

These are dishes that require precise measurements, specifically ordered instructions, or just some introduction because they’re foreign to you.

As far as recipes go, salads fall into the same category as sandwiches. Or maybe cold cereal. Heck, I might even go so far as How to Toast Pop-Tarts (the real ones, not reverse-engineering the store-bought ones and baking them from scratch like so many of you awesome TasteSpotters have been doing).

Salad as a Meal, Le Creuset as a Stockpot

But then we found ourselves Post-it-ing recipe after recipe as we flipped through the pages of the book (yes, those neon green things in the photo of the cookbook above are our Post-its) and finally realized that there is a lot more to “salad” than just “wash some lettuce then toss together in a bowl with some dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper (freshly cracked if you’re fancy like that).” There’s art in the presentation, science in the ratios in the dressings and inspiration from combinations of ingredients that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

There are even salads that require cooking, which is why we’re giving this cookbook away along with this Le Creuset stockpot. Isn’t the kiwi color adorbs? That’s why we had to buy it to give away to someone!

The stockpot will be handy for blanching vegetables, kind of like we did with the Asparagus, Green Beans and Peas Salad. Obviously, you’re going to have a LOT of uses for a 6-quart covered stockpot.

How to Enter this Giveaway

Pay attention. There is one thing you must do. It’s complicated. So read carefully.

1. Leave a comment on TasteSpotting’s facebook wall with your favorite kind of salad! (Obviously, you have to LIKE us to leave a comment, so do that first!)

It doesn’t matter what you say. It only matters that you say something, but honestly, if you don’t eat salads, can you just try to make something up? It’s not like we’re going to verify with your Mom that Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Salad is actually your favorite.

Oh, but it might be ours…

Now go! You have two days. Like, comment, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Birthday Gift-away!

(You’re also welcome to leave a comment here on this blog post, but MAKE SURE to go to facebook for your “offficial entry!”)

by Sarah J. Gim on June 22, 2011 · 82 comments

{ 82 comments }

Alycia June 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

BLT Bread Salad is my fave!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

alycia: thanks for the comment! but make sure you leave the comment on our facebook wall!

Lindsay Lehfeld June 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

My new salad crush is the Market Salad from the July 2011 Cooking Light!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

hi lindsay! great pick! but make sure you also leave that comment on our facebook wall!

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots June 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

I have my favorite salad every day for lunch: mixed greens, tomato, gala apple, carrots with italian dressing. Yum!!!!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

caroline: you’re better than we are for having one every day! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall!

Hatsie @ TwoRecipes June 22, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love a good old fashioned cobb salad!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

hatsie: oh we LOVE a good old fashioned cobb with all that bacon and blue cheese! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall!)

Holly June 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

My favorite salad is actually a recipe I got from PW’s website. It is her Zucchini, Tomato and Feta salad with bowtie pasta. OMG to die for!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:58 am

holly: PW definitely knows her stuff! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall!)

Natalie June 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

My latest favorite salad is an Avocado Bacon Parmesan Salad with Tangy Avocado Dressing that I posted on my blog a few weeks ago. YUM! Thanks for a great giveaway! I’d love that darling pot as well as that cookbook. We eat a lot of salads around here and new ideas would be great!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

natalie: avocado on avocado action! we likey! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Emily June 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

Spinach, strawberries, goat cheese, balsamic.

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

emily: so simple! love it! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Katelyn M Luhrs June 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

I like you on Facebook (Salt Traders)!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

thank you! and make sure that you actually leave the comment of your favorite salad ON facebook too!

Staci June 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

I like cucumber salad!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

staci! great refreshing pick! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Noelle June 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

Lately my favorite is arugula + spinach with pepperjack cheese and edamame. Simple and good + bad for you. YAY CHEESE!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

noe: edamame in everything! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Julie ryan June 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

Chicken ceasar salad with Kens light dressing is awesome AND healthy :)

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

julie: oh, Caesar is one of our ATFs! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Julie Ryan June 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

thank you for letting me know :)

Katelyn M Luhrs June 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

Favorite salad is a classic Greek salad – served with lots of olives and potato salad in the middle, of course!

Kristin K. June 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

pasta salad

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

great, kristin! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Falen June 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

My favorite salad includes spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, and feta with a light vinaigrette dressing.

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

falen: superfood salad! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Elisha June 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

I love Grilled Chicken Salad w/ viniagrette!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

elisha ~ grilled chicken definitely makes a salad a meal! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Emily June 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

Greek salad!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

emily: oh how we love a good greek salad! all that feta! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Julie June 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

I already liked you on FB. And my favorite salad is a chicken fattoush salad. Yumm!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:07 am

julie ~ thanks for liking us! but make sure that you actually leave the comment on facebook too as your official entry!

Nelly Rodriguez June 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

I like carb-loaded salads like potato salad or macaroni tuna salad! YUM! (I like you on FB, duh!)

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

nelly: oh! macaroni TUNA salad! now that’s a good twist! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Katie shultz June 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

I love salads! Just about any salad really, but my all time favorite is probably a good old cobb salad.

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

katie: yes, we love a good old fashioned cobb, too! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Claire June 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

I love dark green with seared tuna and wasabi soy dressing – delicious.

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

claire – now you have us thinking about a soy based dressing! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

Sharon Klooster June 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

Freshly made ceasar salad, freshly grated cheese, garlic and whipped egg!

TasteSpotting June 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

sharon: whipped egg, huh? that’s new to us! (also make sure that you leave this comment on our facebook wall as your official entry :) !)

stephanie taylor June 22, 2011 at 10:29 am

HANDS DOWN… any Greek salad! My absolute FAVORITE when summer is here! Fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and lots of Feta! My goodness!!

Rita June 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

My “go to” is: Spinach, roasted beets, Chevre, Pine or walnuts, quinoa, sweet onion and a light vinaigrette (lemon or balsamic). Sometimes if I’m frisky, I’ll throw in radishes.

Lan June 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

Greek Salad with grilled chicken!

Kristen M June 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

My favorite “wow” salad to make is a swiss cheese & granny smith apple salad with homemade red onion/poppyseed dressing.

sharon June 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

Chicken salad on a toasted baguette! Or, Greek salad with lots of feta

Shizzy June 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

I LOVE *any* green salad that has the odd-yet-awesome combo of FRESH blueberries and a honey-mustard dressing (I prefer a light-tasting honey-mustard dressing) on it! All other ingredients may vary, but those 2 together are SO YUMMY!

Angelica Muntigl June 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

An amazing Caesar salad with real bacon and anchovies!

Deborah Dowd June 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

My favorite is roasted beet salad with baby greens and goat cheese with a dijon vinaigrette!

Bbstx June 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Chopped salad with blue cheese crumbles!

David - SaladPride June 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

great book! but check my blog too!
http://saladpride.blogspot.com/
:)

Charissa June 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Liked you…because I do :)

And my favourite salad is often a big taco salad with organic chips, avocado, beans…shredded cheese. YES! Will write it on the FB wall too! :)

Hannah June 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Love arugula salad with candied pecans, cranberries, feta and balsamic vinegrette!

Sarah June 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

My favorite is an Asian sesame noodle salad!

Sarah June 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I Love Asian Sesame noodle salad!

Leah Teixeira June 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

My favorite salad is spinach with roasted beets, pecans, gorgonzola and champagne vinegrette!!

Mental Chew June 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

What a wonderful offer! I posted on your FB page. Love love love Le Creuset and I have spinach and lettuce coming out of my ears! Our garden is booming! A salad cookbook would be perfect. :)

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Awesome giveaway! Happy birthday to Sarah!

Salads are one of my favorite foods, so it’s really hard to decide. Greek and Cobb salads are two of my favorites, with either shrimp or salmon.

britta June 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Fresh greens from the garden, a variety of berries, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Summer perfection!

Beatriz June 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Awesome giveaway! I just wanted to know if I can also participate, cause I’m from Brazil. But I’m leaving my comment on facebook anyway!

Bri June 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

A salad is getting the biggest and most colorful bowl in the pantry and overfilling it with greens, carrots, and cucumbers. Smoother that in salsa, smooshed avocado, nooch, and black beans. Then lick the bowl clean

Lisa June 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Oh, hey! I totally didn’t know you guys had FB. You have one more fan in me! ^_^

Jean June 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I love this strawberry spinach salad with a lemon poppy seed dressing (you make it with a fresh squeezed lemon, poppy seeds, sugar, & olive oil! It’s AMAZING!!! I promise. =)

marcella June 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Oh, if only I did the facebook thing. The stockpot is truly adorable; love that green color. The salad book is on my wish list all because of that recipe you posted with the green veggie salad. Until I try that one, I’ll have to keep claiming greek salad as my favorite. Hope you have a great birthday and are totally spoiled!

Meghann June 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm

fresh caprese salad ALL THE WAY!

Danielle June 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm

My favorite is seaweed salad. It’s a little weird, I know, but it’s also super refreshing.

Mandy June 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

My fave is the classic cobb salad.

Tina June 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

My favorite salad is pear, walnut and Gorgonzola cheese salad. The caprese comes in a second :) The stock pot looks so pretty!

Felicia Nguyen June 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I love the sena salad…it consist of mix green (spring mix) chicken, walnut, golden raisin, crumble blue cheese and pepper jelly vinaigrette…it is to die for…I have this salad at least 2 times a week…its great if u get a rotisserie chicken and shredded the meat up…

I also love Le Creuset …I used to work at William Sonoma and I been collecting the pieces…never had this color before…would go great with my Yellow ones ;)

Louise June 23, 2011 at 1:54 am

Hi, I don’t think it’s fair that you can only participate if you’re on Facebook. I’m not and I don’t plan to ever be, but I’d LOVE to win both the book and the pot.

La Enredadera June 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

I enjoy chicken, nuts and orange salad, served using orange skin as bowl!

nursen June 23, 2011 at 2:50 am

My favourite salad is patato salad.

Sarah Kim June 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

I love caesar salad, no matter how bad it really is!

Mish June 23, 2011 at 6:01 am

Greek is my fav!
Boo for doing it on Facebook this time. What about those of us that don’t have one for a reason?

Timothy June 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

A grilled romain salad with basalmic and crumbled bacon!!

Susan June 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

Add another vote for Caesar salad! That’s always been my fav. Instead of anchovies, I add black olives.

YUM!

:-)

Andrew June 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

My current favourite salad is a lemongrass chicken with feta and dried cranberries on a bed of arugula or baby spinach.

Christina of Form V Artisan June 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

My favourite salad is the kind that has something from each food group. Sweet tarts (fruit group), corn nuts (vegetable group), milk duds (dairy group) and a burrito (meat group!). That’s what I call grindage.

Lauren K June 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

Picking one salad was a toughie! I left my FB comment (and found some yummy ideas), but came back here to say thanks for such a fun giveaway!

Yvonne June 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I love to make a simple salad with lettuce, oranges, roasted beets, feta, and toasted pecans. I usually put a balsamic-olive oil-honey dressing on top. Yum!

Apron Appeal June 24, 2011 at 4:52 am

Isn’t the author of the book a friend of the Barefoot Contessa (well isn’t everyone?) Anyway she looks familiar. BTW – This is an awesome giveaway. If I don’t win, I’ll definitely be checking that book out at my local library – I’m cheap what can I say..I don’t want to be stuck with a cookbook that I’m only going to use once.

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