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Welcome to the Create Your Own Salad Contest

  • Your salad recipe could be worth the ultimate salad kit (including FCs archive!).

By Ellie Krieger, contributing editor

October 28th, 2009

What better way to begin a holiday feast than with a fresh and vibrant starter salad? A good salad, with a mix of different flavors, colors, and textures, will wake up your palate for the meal to come. Plus, when you start a meal with a salad, you begin to feel full sooner, so you'll be less likely to overeat those richer courses to come. Some of my favorite starter salads are my Toasted Pita & Herb Salad; my Snow Pea, Scallion, and Radish Salad; and my Arugula Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Pesto Vinaigrette.

That's why I'm challenging you to put together a delicious, beautiful starter salad for your holiday menus. You can use our Create Your Own Salad tool, or just start creating your own. I'll choose the five most creative and delectable entries as finalists, and leave it up to all of you to vote on the winner. May the best salad win!

Need more ways to win? Post your update on a classic recipe for a chance to win $200 from, and share your holiday cookie recipes for a shot at winning Fine Cooking's 2009 Archive DVD, worth $149.

Good luck!

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Comments (3)

duckyfufu writes: I agree with cesmls -- the BEST salad is the one you just picked from your garden, tossed with a fresh, light vinaigrette and topped with home-made croutons or toasted nuts. Posted: 1:49 pm on December 4th

babe1 writes: i love salad any other time of the year. But! for
thanksgiving there is so much other food, we never ate
salad. thanks anyway. cz Posted: 12:00 am on November 5th

cesmls writes: Any salad, in order to be wonderful, needs to be made with fresh (not longer than one day old) ingredients. And it doesn't need to be stuffed with the kitchen sink either! Italian Dressing is the crowning touch.

I keep my salads simple - butter lettuce only, vine-ripened tomatoes quartered, thinlly sliced walla-walla sweet onions, black kalamatra olives, radishes, and oregon blue cheese. Topped by homemade Italian Dressing. That's it. Posted: 5:55 pm on November 4th

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