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Two MUST HAVE ingredients for CHOPPED SALAD that you won't find in any recipe!
Chop Quality Wooden Bowl
A chop quality wooden bowl (preferably 10" or 12") is easy to hold on to as you chop ingredients. A chop bowl is just that. It's may not be your prettiest bowl; it's a utilitarian kitchen workhorse that you will find yourself using for home made dressings including your Caesar salad dressing, your Mom's coleslaw and even pie or bread dough. Our friends at King Arthur flour would recommend a 17" bowl for bread rising.
Mezzaluna or Ulu - a crescent-shaped blade
A Mezzaluna or Ulu is a crescent-shaped blade that is sharpened along the entire length of the curved blade, allowing you to rock it from side to side for a clean cut. The handle allows you to control the blade without risk of cutting yourself, and ours is made from north American hardwoods, just like our bowls and boards.
It can take a few tries to get used to using a mezzaluna. Juar experiment with both flat cutting boards and rounded bowls to get the hang of it.
Once you learn to control your mezzaluna, you'll find it helpful for mincing garlic and herbs. A mezzaluna can also be used as a pastry knife, chopping shortening into flour.
About Chopped Salad
Use your wooden bowl and mezzaluna to chop salad greens, cheeses, nuts, meat, fish or chicken along with olives, dried or fresh fruit, olives, herbs -- anything and everything you love in your salad. Toss lightly with your favorite store bought or homemade dressing, and voila - your own signature chopped salad!
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