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Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 | 0 comments

3 Essential Kitchen Tools

3 Essential Kitchen Tools

essential kitchen tools

My mom has a huge, gorgeous kitchen with tons of cabinet space, drawers, nooks & crannies. And they are all filled up with kitchen tools.

Everytime I cook in the kitchen with her she’s whipping out some tool that does JUST what I need it to do. I’m like: Mom I don’t need a tool for that I can just use my knife, ha!

Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned or maybe it’s because my kitchen doesn’t have the space for all those tools, but I’m just not a “kitchen tool” kinda gal. However…there are a few kitchen tools I believe make a difference, especially when it comes to making excellent salads.

3 ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOLS

for making your salads look, feel and taste like you paid $15 at a gourmet salad spot.

#1 Mandolin Slicer. 

Radishes, beets, red onion, cabbage and cucumbers. They all taste fantastic in a salad when sliced super-thin. This tool is very sharp so it requires careful handling! I have the Swissmar Borner V-Slicer Plus. I love it because it can slice in two different thicknesses and will also do a thicker julienne than my peeler (see #2).

#2 Julienne Peeler. 

Ever wonder how they get those carrot to look like matchsticks in those gourmet salads? It’s a julienne peeler! But you can also use it for a sweet potato hash or how about some zucchini noodles. I have the Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler for the smaller matchsticks and I use the V-slicer from #1 to get those zucchini noodles to have the right texture.

#3 Citrus Squeezer.

I know I know. I could just squeeze the lemons + limes by hand. But then I get stressed out that I’m leaving too much of the juice behind and it seems like a waste. Plus my hand gets tired because I squeeze A LOT of citrus :) Lemon in my water first thing in the morning. Lemon over steamed veggies. Lemon or lime for dressings or in my green smoothies. I could go on. Just trust me you need one of these.

With these three essentials you’ll have extra incentive to try a new salad recipe because you’ll have all the right tools to make it look pretty, taste amazing, and impress your friends and family. Score!

BONUS: If you’re looking for inspiration on how to put these tools to use, check out this Spring Salads Recipe Guide put together by fellow health coaches from the school I went to: Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Enjoy!

All my best,

Shannon

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