This jewel-toned Kale Apple Carrot Blue Cheese Pecan Salad adds a festive touch to holiday meals.
I love jewel toned salads during the holiday season – red curly kale, Ambrosia apples, purple carrots and red onions – tossed together, they just seem more festive than your average salad. Add some toasted pecans and crumbled blue cheese, and you’re in business.
Recently Hamilton Beach sent me their Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor to try out. I remember when my mom got her first food processor. It completely changed the way she cooked. She could mix dough, shred vegetables, and puree food without a second thought. The food processor is a huge time saver. I use mine for pureeing vegetables, soups, shredding cheese, chopping vegetables, and more. This salad was a great way to test out the slicing and shredding ability of this food processor.
I have to admit I was a bit confused when I first opened the box because I was looking for the slicing blade. As it turns out, the slicing and shredding disc are two-in-one. One side is the slicing disc and the other side is the shredding disc – very clever. The machine also has a non-removable motor shaft to which the slicing/shredding disc and chopping/mixing blade attach.
The machine is lightweight, not as heavy or sturdy as more expensive ones, but it gets the job done at about a third of the price of the next level food processor. I was able to slice the apples and onions using the slicing blade and shred the carrots with the shredding side of the blade.
To get the apples slices and onions the way you see pictured, cut the apples into quarters and cut the center part out with the seeds. Then, lay the apple pieces face down in the food processor before turning them machine on. For the carrots, cut them into 2″ long pieces and lay them down in the food processor before turning the machine on. On a separate test run, I shredded some cheese successfully. The only thing I noticed when I removed the lid was that some cheese had gotten stuck underneath the lid (an excuse for me to snack on some cheese ;)).
I’ve got a Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor to giveaway this holiday season! There are multiple ways to enter to win. (This giveaway is CLOSED)
Kale Apple Carrot Blue Cheese Pecan Salad
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seed oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 cups torn kale leaves
- 1 cup sliced apple
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup sliced red onion
- 1 ounce crumbled blue cheese
- 2 tablespoons toasted pecans
Combine vinegar, pumpkin seed oil, salt, honey and pepper. Add kale and toss. Let stand 10 minutes. Add apples, carrots, onion, blue cheese, and toasted pecans; toss. Serve.
Adapted from Cooking Light
Lisa Brown says
i would make chili in a slow cooker; i would shred cabbage in the food processor for slaw.
I would make soups and stews.
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Jeanette, this salad looks amazing. . love everything you’ve got going on here. . by the way, your rafflecopter widget still has everything for your slow cooker giveaway, not for this food processor. Wasn’t sure if that was right?
Dawn Monroe says
I might attempt to make a cheese ball or chopped pecans for the holiday cookies.
This salad is definitely a looker!! And with all this deliciousness going on, I know I would love a big bowl!
Pamela S says
I would make calico beans in a slow cooker and use a food processor to cut butter into the dry ingredients to make my Cheesy Jalapeno Cornmeal Biscuits and I’m halfway to a BBQ meal. Thank you for the generous giveaway offer!
I would make chicken tacos in a slow cooker.
Meghan Finley says
I’d make soup!
Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says
i would make nut butter!
What a fabulous salad – love the flavors. we’ve become hooked on kale salads recently! I would make a veggie stew with that slow cooker!
Holly E says
I would make almond butter.
We make homemade dressing for our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, so this would be heavily relied on for those ingredients.
I would make salsa in it first.
Sandy Headtke says
I would use the food processor to make hummus
Julie Wood says
I will use the food processor to make my pie dough. It is hard making by hand!
I would make a smoothie or potato soup
I would use it for my cole slaw and sauerkraut.
Lea Anna says
I’d use it to make salsa or pasta dough. For different meals of course!
Melissa L. says
I would make pico de gallo first. Thanks for the giveaway!
Pam Adams says
I would try salsa first
ET Pruitt says
I would make broccoli coleslaw.
I would use it to make pizza crust and to shred the cheese for the pizza
Angela Saver says
I would make homemade marinara sauce first thing! I would also make almond butter!
Julie Wood says
I would make homemade pasta and pie crust in this awesome food processor!
Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) says
I’d first make this salad 🙂 I’d use it to make hummus, nut butters, and more chopped salads! Definitely in the market for a new one and I didn’t know that Hamilton Beach made them.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
So wish I had a good food processor! It would make veggie burgers and nut butter making so much easier!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says
Such a gorgeous salad, I love all of the components!
Paige c says
I would love a food processor to make nut butters and hummus
Karen D says
I’d make a big batch of coleslaw, then make the dressing for it.
I’d use this food processor when I make vegetable soup that requires tons of chopping and slicing.
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
I ALWAYS order anything with blue cheese on it- Heck, even if there was a piece of paper with it on it i’d get it! Love the combination here- so many of my favourites!