Salad Feasts and Swiss Diamond Knives

Salad Feasts: How to Assemble the Perfect Meal by Jess Dennison elevates the salad from a starter or side dish to center stage. One of my favorite comedians has a routine on dieting and salads. It goes something like this "A salad is not food. Oh no, a salad is a promissory note that more food will arrive. When someone asks me what I would like on my salad, I answer Haagen-Dazs." 

Salads do have a bad rap. The salads of yesterday were bland, plain and sad. Not so are those found in Salad Feasts. I could eat a salad every day for the rest of my life for dinner if they were from this book. By simply adding in a handful of toasted nuts, something sweet like sultanas, a few spoonfuls of chewy grains like barley or spelt, then a crumbling of cheese; a salad can start to look a lot more like dinner.

 

Dennison guides you through the art of creating the perfect meal with 65 foolproof recipes that turn salads into flavour-packed, midweek meals. From a quick, 10-minute Radicchio, stilton and pear salad, to the fuss-free Hot and sour chicken in gem lettuce, each recipe provides alternative substitute ingredients that are designed to make your salad-making flexible and easy, no matter the season. Including feasting menus to elevate your salads into occasion-worthy spreads, as well as a basic recipe formula to guide you, these are easy-to-assemble, delicious meals that transform ordinary salads into extraordinary feasts.

Our   provided by the publisher shares the following 

 

 

When you are dicing those vegetables and ingredients for your salad feast, you will need a set of good knives. Swiss Diamond has made quality cookware for decades but did you know they also manufacture knives and other kitchen appliances? The three piece essentials set pictured below is a perfect gift for the new cook. I have been using these knives in my kitchen for the last few weeks and am impressed with the quality, weight and sharpness of each knife. 

Made from the highest-quality German steel and ice hardened for maximum blade strength, these knives will stay sharp through all the slicing, dicing, and mincing you throw their way. Each knife undergoes an 8 stage process of grinding and sharpening, making each cutting edge super sharp and easy to maintain.

The set includes:

  • 3.5" Paring Knife
  • 8" Chef's Knife
  • 8.5" Bread Knife

Hardie Grant is providing three copies of Salad Feasts in our giveaway open to the US, UK, AU and NZ and Swiss Diamond is generously providing one set of the three piece essential set to one of those winners in the US.


Hardie Grant is offering three copies of Salad Feasts to EYB Members in the US/UK/AU/NZ and Swiss Diamond is offering a three piece essential knife set to one US winner. Two of the entry options are to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Visit Swiss Diamond's web page and leave a comment as to which of their products you would like to try.

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154 Comments

  • tennyogirl  on  11/3/2018 at 3:41 PM

    Cherry, almond + baked pitta with pomegranate, chickpeas and mint

  • tennyogirl  on  11/3/2018 at 3:44 PM

    XD INDUCTION JAPANESE OMELET PAN

  • jmay42066  on  11/3/2018 at 3:58 PM

    Shredded coconut cabbage + chicken with carrot, lime and coriander

  • jmay42066  on  11/3/2018 at 4:00 PM

    XD 10 PIECE SET: ULTIMATE KITCHEN KIT

  • desdemona246  on  11/3/2018 at 4:18 PM

    Warm chard, mango + crispy paneer with mustard seeds, potatoes, coriander chutney and cashews

  • Shelley.b  on  11/3/2018 at 5:03 PM

    Salsa verde

  • Shelley.b  on  11/3/2018 at 5:06 PM

    Wok with lid

  • rchesser  on  11/3/2018 at 5:51 PM

    The 5.6 quart oval casserole cast iron in red

  • rchesser  on  11/3/2018 at 6:06 PM

    Salsa Verde

  • lean1  on  11/3/2018 at 6:51 PM

    First choice for salad would be the rice paper rolls with cashew satay , mint and coriander. Yummy

  • a1apple  on  11/3/2018 at 8:49 PM

    Mushroom + rosemary wild rice with crispy kale and garlic

  • MiMi60  on  11/3/2018 at 9:31 PM

    I would like to try Griddled lettuce, soft-boiled eggs + anchovies with sunflower seeds and Parmesan.

  • MiMi60  on  11/3/2018 at 9:33 PM

    I would like to own a XD NONSTICK FRY PAN WITH LID 10.25" (26CM)

  • Darh  on  11/4/2018 at 1:31 AM

    We are eating more and more “new-fashioned” salads, and many of these sound tempting. Most vegetarian, which is great for me! I think I’d try Charred courgettes + sweetcorn with borlotti beans and lemon and basil pesto first, but ask me tomorrow and I may have a different choice!

  • Sladea86  on  11/4/2018 at 2:46 AM

    Mushroom + rosemary wild rice with crispy kale and garlic

  • JRumi  on  11/4/2018 at 5:51 AM

    Dill pickle potatoes with caper mayonnaise and pickled red onions

  • JRumi  on  11/4/2018 at 5:54 AM

    XD nonstick roaster with lid

  • vickster  on  11/4/2018 at 7:04 AM

    Blood orange, lentil and fennel salad.

  • vickster  on  11/4/2018 at 7:06 AM

    12.5" nonstick wok

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 5:09 PM

    Fig, radicchio + halloumi with basil oil and pistachios!

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 5:10 PM

    XD Nonstick Saute Pan - 3.8 Qt With Lid (10.25")!

  • southerncooker  on  11/4/2018 at 6:19 PM

    Savoy cabbage, herby sausage + garlic croutons with tomatoes, fennel and cannellini beans

  • southerncooker  on  11/4/2018 at 6:24 PM

    I'd loved to own an 8 in Swiss Diamond Chef's Knife.

  • ameliark  on  11/4/2018 at 6:54 PM

    So hard to choose a recipe, they all sound amazing! I’ll say Crispy chickpeas + parsley maftoul couscous with hummus and pickles.

  • ameliark  on  11/4/2018 at 6:59 PM

    This caught my eye on the Swiss Diamond website: XD induction nonstick wok with lid

  • kelliwinter  on  11/4/2018 at 9:36 PM

    the fennel salad with blood orange

  • kelliwinter  on  11/4/2018 at 9:37 PM

    COMPLETE KNIFE BLOCK 10 PIECE SET

  • GillB  on  11/4/2018 at 10:51 PM

    Pickled red cabbage, ginger + pomegranate slaw with cumin, lime and coriander

  • EmilyR  on  11/4/2018 at 11:01 PM

    Avocado + coconut noodles with edamame beans, lime and ginger

  • EmilyR  on  11/4/2018 at 11:02 PM

    8" chef's knife

  • ktwalla  on  11/5/2018 at 10:24 AM

    Cherry Almond Baked Pita with Pomegranate Chickpeas & Mint 3 Piece Essentials Knife Set

  • sarahawker  on  11/5/2018 at 10:38 AM

    XD NONSTICK FRY PAN WITH LID 12.5"

  • sarahawker  on  11/5/2018 at 10:40 AM

    Mushroom + rosemary wild rice with crispy kale and garlic

  • kmn4  on  11/5/2018 at 10:52 AM

    Blood orange, lentil + fennel with Manchego and hazelnuts

  • kmn4  on  11/5/2018 at 10:55 AM

    7" santoku knife

  • patioweather  on  11/5/2018 at 11:34 AM

    Avocado + coconut noodles with edamame beans, lime and ginger

  • jberry  on  11/5/2018 at 1:16 PM

    Most appealing to me, Tomato, nectarine and burrata with salsa verde and toasted sourdough.

  • jberry  on  11/5/2018 at 1:21 PM

    The XD NONSTICK BRAISER WITH LID 7.2QT would be a great addition to my kitchen.

  • matag  on  11/5/2018 at 7:10 PM

    7inch cleaver

  • matag  on  11/5/2018 at 7:14 PM

    fennel salad with blood orange

  • amylou61  on  11/5/2018 at 7:59 PM

    Lemon and basil pesto

  • amylou61  on  11/5/2018 at 8:05 PM

    I'd like to have the Swiss Diamond 7.9 QT (9.5") STOCK POT WITH LID

  • lapsapchung  on  11/6/2018 at 7:19 AM

    Smoky tomato + feta beans with avocado, coriander and toasted pumpkin seeds

  • lapsapchung  on  11/6/2018 at 7:31 AM

    XD Nonstick Sauteuse with Lid 3.7 QT (11")

  • sipa  on  11/6/2018 at 9:49 AM

    Avocado + coconut noodles with edamame beans, lime and ginger

  • debbiehb  on  11/6/2018 at 12:01 PM

    2 piece carving set

  • debbiehb  on  11/6/2018 at 12:05 PM

    Mushroom + rosemary wild rice with crispy kale and garlic

  • LABeachGal  on  11/8/2018 at 1:30 AM

    Tomato, nectarine + burrata with salsa verde and toasted sourdough sounds amazing!

  • LABeachGal  on  11/8/2018 at 1:31 AM

    I'd love to try the Cast Iron 8.9 Oval Casserole!

  • bethbaye  on  11/8/2018 at 6:50 AM

    Pea + Parma ham farfalle with crispy rosemary, shallot dressing and cos lettuce

  • bethbaye  on  11/8/2018 at 6:52 AM

    Pea + Parma ham farfalle with crispy rosemary, shallot dressing and cos lettuce

  • jinni  on  11/8/2018 at 10:19 AM

    Smoky tomato + feta beans with avocado, coriander and toasted pumpkin seeds

  • LaurenE  on  11/8/2018 at 6:02 PM

    Salsa verde; 2 piece carving set

  • Laura1  on  11/9/2018 at 7:12 AM

    salsa verde, non-stick wok

  • Lafauvette  on  11/9/2018 at 12:51 PM

    Crispy chickpeas + parsley maftoul couscous with hummus and pickles Would love the 3-piece essentials!

  • infotrop  on  11/9/2018 at 1:13 PM

    Sticky tomato + olive aubergine with capers and sultanas

  • infotrop  on  11/9/2018 at 1:19 PM

    the 1.4 quart non-stick saucepan

  • littleliv  on  11/9/2018 at 8:34 PM

    shredded-mango-lime--peanuts

  • littleliv  on  11/9/2018 at 8:41 PM

    cherry-almond--baked-pitta with pomegranate chickpeas and mint

  • Lkitchings  on  11/9/2018 at 9:25 PM

    Shredded coconut cabbage + chicken with carrot, lime and coriander

  • t.t  on  11/10/2018 at 12:13 AM

    Oregano, halloumi, tomatoes + mint yoghurt with olives and cucumber

  • t.t  on  11/10/2018 at 12:16 AM

    Square Grill Pan Blue | Cast Iron

  • Dannausc  on  11/10/2018 at 7:40 PM

    Salsa verde; wok

  • outsidereader  on  11/11/2018 at 6:12 AM

    I would like to make the garlic sourdough croutons.

  • outsidereader  on  11/11/2018 at 6:16 AM

    I would like to try the Stainless Steel Premium Clad 8” Fry Pan.

  • jamston  on  11/11/2018 at 8:58 AM

    Peas, broccolini + butter beans with herby yoghurt and Parmesan

  • africanaussie  on  11/11/2018 at 3:46 PM

    thyme roasted nectarines and salami - even my hubby would like the sound of that one - two of his favorite ingredients!

  • choppergirl  on  11/11/2018 at 4:39 PM

    XD NONSTICK BRAISER WITH LID 7.2QT and the Mushroom + rosemary wild rice with crispy kale and garlic

  • Siegal  on  11/11/2018 at 8:47 PM

    Fennel salad with blood orange sounds greats

  • Siegal  on  11/11/2018 at 8:54 PM

    COMPLETE KNIFE BLOCK 10 PIECE SET

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2018 at 7:16 AM

    Mushroom + rosemary wild rice with crispy kale and garlic and XD NONSTICK ROASTER WITH LID

  • textiff  on  11/14/2018 at 6:33 PM

    Kale, apple + tarragon slaw with candied pecans and peppers

  • twinreader  on  11/15/2018 at 8:35 AM

    My eye was caught by the Warm Chard Mango Crispy Paneer

  • klrclark  on  11/15/2018 at 11:49 AM

    Oregano, halloumi, tomatoes and mint yogurt with olives and cucumber

  • echilt5  on  11/15/2018 at 7:45 PM

    I would like to make Thyme Roasted Nectarines and Salami first.

  • echilt5  on  11/15/2018 at 7:51 PM

    I would like to try the 12.5" (5.8 QT) WOK WITH LID | NONSTICK CLAD

  • purviska  on  11/16/2018 at 7:23 AM

    the crispy chickpeas + parsley maftoul couscous with hummus and pickles.

  • purviska  on  11/16/2018 at 7:25 AM

    the xd nonstick roaster with lid

  • elsid22  on  11/17/2018 at 7:55 PM

    salsa verde!

  • SnarkyLarane  on  11/19/2018 at 12:51 PM

    I want to try Fig, radicchio + halloumi with basil oil and pistachios, yum! A cleaver is one of the only knives I feel like I'm missing so that's what I'd most likely order.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/20/2018 at 4:09 AM

    Avocado and coconut noodles with edamame beans, lime and ginger. And would love a crepe pan!

  • FireRunner2379  on  11/20/2018 at 5:02 AM

    I'd like to try the Sweet potato + coriander fritters.

  • FireRunner2379  on  11/20/2018 at 5:04 AM

    I'd like to try the Crepe Tool Set from Swiss Diamond.

  • luccio  on  11/20/2018 at 7:37 AM

    Cashew Satay

  • lisamcf72  on  11/20/2018 at 8:29 AM

    Cherry, almond + baked pitta with pomegranate, chickpeas and mint

  • v.t  on  11/20/2018 at 4:15 PM

    Griddled lettuce, soft-boiled eggs + anchovies with sunflower seeds and Parmesan!

  • v.t  on  11/20/2018 at 4:18 PM

    Induction Nonstick Fry Pan with Lid - 12.5"

  • threefourpfeif  on  11/20/2018 at 9:48 PM

    Spring green orecchiette with lemon pesto and peas looks delicious

  • threefourpfeif  on  11/21/2018 at 6:30 PM

    I'd try the XD nonstick fry pan 9.5"

  • RSW  on  11/23/2018 at 8:43 AM

    Radicchio, Stilton + pear with toasted walnuts and rye croutons

  • ewalsh40  on  11/23/2018 at 9:00 AM

    Radicchio, Stilton + pear with toasted walnuts and rye croutons

  • ewalsh40  on  11/23/2018 at 9:07 AM

    XD 9 Piece Set: Kitchen Essentials Set

  • RSW  on  11/23/2018 at 9:12 AM

    any of the knives

  • Jenamarie  on  11/23/2018 at 7:51 PM

    Avocado + coconut noodles with edamame beans, lime and ginger

  • Jenamarie  on  11/23/2018 at 7:57 PM

    XD NONSTICK WOK WITH LID & TEMPURA RACK 14" (36CM)

  • silversand  on  11/25/2018 at 6:37 AM

    Roast broccoli + crispy onion rice with coconut sambal and pickled radishes

  • silversand  on  11/25/2018 at 6:40 AM

    Swiss Diamond 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) Square Saute Pan

  • joneshayley  on  11/26/2018 at 3:53 PM

    Shredded coconut cabbage + chicken with carrot, lime and coriander

  • jd5761  on  11/27/2018 at 4:01 PM

    XD 2 PIECE SET: FRY PAN AND GRILL PAN and Cherry, almond and baked pitta with pomegranate, chickpeas and mint for me

  • winegirl79  on  11/27/2018 at 4:09 PM

    Tomato, nectarine + burrata with salsa verde and toasted sourdough sounds delicious!

  • floridagld  on  11/27/2018 at 4:35 PM

    So many recipes sound great. Charred prawns, cannellini beans + fennel with salsa verde and sourdough

  • floridagld  on  11/27/2018 at 4:51 PM

    14 in lidded classic wok. And, most of the bakeware, need to refresh.

  • klahaneridge  on  11/28/2018 at 3:16 PM

    I would want to try the recipe for Peas, broccolini, + butter beans with herby yoghurt and Parmesan. I don’t use peas & beans anywhere near as often as I should, and this looks like a yummy one to try!

  • klahaneridge  on  11/28/2018 at 3:17 PM

    I’d love to have the Swiss Diamond XD Nonstick Wok w/ Lid 12.5”.

  • Lmocooks  on  12/5/2018 at 8:40 AM

    Blood orange, lentil + fennel with Manchego and hazelnuts

  • Lmocooks  on  12/5/2018 at 8:41 AM

    Any size wok

  • RickPearson54  on  12/7/2018 at 10:44 AM

    2 piece carving set

  • kaivulagi  on  12/7/2018 at 11:07 AM

    Shredded coconut cabbage and chicken with lime, coconut and coriander sounds delicious for summer.

  • jigglesfrog  on  12/7/2018 at 12:03 PM

    Lemon and basil pesto

  • fionahw  on  12/7/2018 at 7:49 PM

    Tomato, nectarine & buratta with salsa verde & toasted sourdough

  • rusthawk  on  12/7/2018 at 8:24 PM

    I would like to try the Salsa verde.

  • sallansd  on  12/7/2018 at 8:47 PM

    Spring green orecchiette with lemon pesto and peas

  • sallansd  on  12/7/2018 at 8:50 PM

    XD NONSTICK BRAISER WITH LID 7.2QT

  • natashatheoharous  on  12/7/2018 at 9:38 PM

    That cherry, almond + baked pitta with pomegranate, chickpeas and mint salad looks amazing!

  • Joy001  on  12/8/2018 at 10:53 AM

    Blood orange, lentil and fennel salad sounds delicious!

  • Milly184  on  12/8/2018 at 11:30 AM

    Cherry, almond + baked pitta with pomegranate, chickpeas and mint - cherries are in season in NZ now - yum!

  • chasteph  on  12/8/2018 at 12:54 PM

    Fig, radiccio and halloumi for me.

  •  on  12/8/2018 at 4:00 PM

    Sunflower seed gremolata

  • dusksunset  on  12/8/2018 at 4:03 PM

    XD nonstick fry pan 7"

  • sequoia55  on  12/9/2018 at 1:09 AM

    Shredded coconut cabbage + chicken with carrot, lime and coriander

  • kerrin1976  on  12/9/2018 at 4:04 AM

    shredded coconut cabbage and chicken with carrot, lime and corriander

  • PeavineBlues  on  12/9/2018 at 1:30 PM

    Avocado and coconut noodles

  • Shana.  on  12/9/2018 at 7:05 PM

    XD nonstick wok with lid

  • Shana.  on  12/9/2018 at 7:09 PM

    salsa verde

  • BMeyer  on  12/9/2018 at 8:15 PM

    radiccio stilton ...

  • mrscahughes  on  12/9/2018 at 8:23 PM

    salsa verde and any dish with cocnut

  • mllamas  on  12/10/2018 at 11:12 AM

    I have radicchio in the fridge so I'll make the Fig, radicchio + halloumi with basil oil and pistachios.

  • jill1147  on  12/11/2018 at 9:51 AM

    Cherry, almond + baked pitta

  • KarenDel  on  12/11/2018 at 1:50 PM

    Radicchio, Stilton + pear with toasted walnuts and rye croutons

  • KarenDel  on  12/11/2018 at 1:53 PM

    XD NONSTICK SAUTEUSE WITH LID 3.7 QT

  • riley  on  12/12/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Orange carrot freaked with cranberries and walnut with the above knives for all my prep.

  • dtremit  on  12/15/2018 at 12:11 PM

    I could make the harissa and coriander chicken in the XD NONSTICK SAUTEUSE WITH LID 4.8 QT, I think.

  • lauriesk  on  12/17/2018 at 3:07 PM

    I would make Dill pickle potatoes with caper mayonnaise and pickled red onion

  • lauriesk  on  12/17/2018 at 3:11 PM

    I would like to try Swiss Diamond's nonstick crepe pan

  • Sfgordon  on  12/17/2018 at 5:13 PM

    I would like to try the 3.5" paring knife because I can always use more paring knives!

  • Sfgordon  on  12/17/2018 at 5:15 PM

    Bashed ginger, kale + sprouting pulses with tamarind dressing and fried paneer sounds amazing

  • lake1963  on  12/18/2018 at 4:45 PM

    Mediterran Mezze sure looks tasty. i'd like to try it

  • jason0389  on  12/18/2018 at 9:33 PM

    Sweet pepper + artichoke farro with basil and feta

  • orchidlady01  on  12/20/2018 at 3:16 AM

    Five-spice roasted squash + red rice with toasted cashews and pickled cucumber

  • orchidlady01  on  12/20/2018 at 3:21 AM

    XD NONSTICK BRAISER WITH LID 5.3QT - 11"

  • Karla123  on  12/21/2018 at 4:41 PM

    Roasted grapes, pecans and wild rocket with rosemary croutons!

  • Karla123  on  12/21/2018 at 5:27 PM

    I'd like to try the 6.9 Qt. Round Casserole pot.

  • CharlotteBB  on  12/21/2018 at 9:04 PM

    The "Peas, broccolini + butter beans with herby yoghurt and Parmesan" looks absolutely divine - a combination of ingredients I love anyway and are readily available.

  • camerashy131  on  12/22/2018 at 7:20 AM

    i'd try the dill pickle potatoes with caper mayonnaise and pickled red onions as I love dill and capers

  • camerashy131  on  12/22/2018 at 7:27 AM

    the product I would like to try is the large chilli pot set as we are always cooking chilli.

  • lgroom  on  12/23/2018 at 9:08 PM

    Salsa verde

  • kitchenclimbers  on  12/26/2018 at 2:52 PM

    Roasted grapes, pecans and wild rocket with rosemary croutons

  • kitchenclimbers  on  12/26/2018 at 2:54 PM

    japanese omelet pan

  • rosalee  on  12/27/2018 at 2:43 PM

    Would love to make the tahini lemon yoghurt!

  • rosalee  on  12/27/2018 at 2:45 PM

    Would love love love a Nonstick Wok from Swiss Diamond!

  • Dewnie  on  12/28/2018 at 3:04 PM

    Salse verde.....

  • percussion03  on  12/28/2018 at 10:38 PM

    Sunflower seed gremolata

  • auntietina  on  12/29/2018 at 4:03 AM

    Blood orange, lentil and fennel with Manchego and hazelnuts. And I would love the XD NONSTICK CREPE PAN 9.5"

  • lselke  on  12/29/2018 at 7:28 PM

    I need a new recipe for dukkah! And I need a carving set.

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