I love this thing.
You know me - I love my knives, and I don't love cluttering my kitchen with gadgets that you don't need. I have enough clutter in my house. And when a bag of flour spills into the utensil drawer (yep, that happened), I hate cleaning all of the things that can't be thrown in the dishwasher. HOWEVER... THIS gadget is Jill-Approved. It is so simple, so silly, and yet so awesome. It is the Pampered Chef Salad Chopper.
I've got to give props to my friend Colleen, a PC consultant, for selling me on this. I was skeptical. I even whipped out some veggies at the party, and tried it myself. I gave in (I do this a lot at Pampered Chef parties), but I use it ALL the time - I use is it to make chopped salads (I ate about 2 lb. of veggies for lunch today, for reals), salsa, chicken salad, "shredded" BBQ pork or chicken, etc. It's really handy. YES, my knife can do all of that, but this is really quick, and there's a lot less mess - just chop things up in the bowl you're serving them in, etc. and you're ready to rock. Just remember to rinse the chopper off right away, since you can't throw it in the dishwasher, and it's a pain to clean if you leave it. I know this from experience.
Oh - did you want a recipe? Here's what I had for lunch (from the salad bar at the grocery store, expensive, I know, but so easy and FAST)....:
QUICK CHOPPED SALAD
heaps of spinach leaves
heaps of spring mix
a handful of baby carrots
a handful of cherry tomatoes
a few slices of cucumber
a handful of snow peas
a handful of red and yellow bell pepper strips I had in the fridge
a handful of broccoli florets
a handful of cauliflower florets
a few slices of red onion
a few slices of radish
a sprinkle of feta cheese crumbles
a sprinkle of sunflower seeds
a few strips of turkey (leftovers at home)
a tiny splash of balsamic vinaigrette
freshly ground black pepper
Put it all in a bowl (or in the to-go container, as I did), and then go nuts with the salad chopper. Then eat. Feel healthy.