Giveaway: Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

November 5, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Over the years, one of the things I’ve learned about myself is that I am not a kitchen minimalist. I like useful tools, sturdy knives that hold their edge, and gadgets that make cooking and preserving projects faster. If it works well and serves a role in my regular culinary life, I will make room for it in my overstuffed (but well-stocked) kitchen.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

This is why my assortment of kitchen gear includes a specialized yogurt strainer (for homemade Greek yogurt), a sweet little pan designed specifically for making caramel sauce, and Hamilton Beach’s SaladXpress. The SaladXpress is the newest tool to enter my kitchen and I’ve found that even though I’m outfitted with a food processor and a number of slicers, peelers, and graters, I’m happy to make room for it.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

What I like about it is that it has a smaller footprint than a traditional food processor, dispenses right into your mixing bowl or saute pan, and cleans up more quickly than any food processor I’ve ever used. I’m totally smitten by the crinkle cut blade, because it means that I can give my pickles a classic wavy edge.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Thanks to a spur of the moment apple chip making project at my canning workshop last weekend (one of the class participants just happened to have a dehydrator in her car), I am currently on something of dehydrating kick. When I got home from the workshop, I pulled out the SaladXpress and my trusty Nesco and got down to work. I like to toss the sliced apples with a little cinnamon, lemon juice, and freshly grated ginger before laying them out on the trays.

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Another thing that the SaladXpress does very well is the shredding of potatoes and other root vegetables for latkes and fritters. I find that it creates a flat, wide shred that feels closer to the one you get when you hand grate. I prefer it to the thicker, narrower piece that food processors typically produce (though I know that there are multiple schools of thought one the best way to prep potatoes for latkes).

Hamilton Beach SaladXpress

Thanks to the incredibly generous folks at Hamilton Beach, I have eight of these SaladXpress devices to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about a gadget or tool that you make room for in your kitchen. Whether it’s the spaetzle maker that you use twice a year or the ableskiver pan that you know you’ll make good use of someday, I want to hear about it.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email or social media.
Disclosure: Hamilton Beach gave me a SaladXpress for review and photography purposes and is providing the eight units for giveaway. They did not compensate me to host this giveaway beyond the use of that single review unit. All opinions expressed in this post remain my own.

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909 thoughts on "Giveaway: Hamilton Beach SaladXpress"

  • Hi Marisa! You have an absolutely FANTASTIC blog and book! I purchased your Food in Jars book a couple of weeks ago and dove right in over the weekend and made all of the following from your book (along with a Carrot Cake Conserve from the Bernardin guide to Home Preserving) : Apple-Pear Chutney, Apple Almond Honey Conserve, Canteloupe Jam, Apple-Cranberry Jam and Slow Cooker Pear Butter. Making the Slow Cooker Pear Butter reminded me of my favorite ‘can’t live without it’ item in the kitchen…my slow cooker! I have made everything from chili to applesauce to cakes to roasts in that thing! And now, I will make butters…looking forward to blueberry season! Thank you for making canning easy and fun!

  • I love love love my juicer. Yes, the one that is on the top shelf in the pantry. The shelf that requires an official, non-step ladder ladder. And one day, I swear I will use it more than once a year.

  • I absolutely cannot live without an immersion blender, but, alas, mine croaked recently and will be replaced ASAP!!!

  • An apple peeler! When my friends brought it as a housewarming gift, I laughed, but it’s amazing for making apple chips and desserts.

  • I make room for our electric pizelle maker, even though I use it MAYBE once a year to make buttery anise cookies.

  • The classic punch line gadget, the melon baller, is one of my favorites! I use it everyday for coring apples and pears for my kids….

  • The handi chopper that I never use but refuse to give away because I know that as soon as I do, I will need one.

  • My Magic Bullet! I live alone and it’s great for blending small portions of things. This SaladXpress would get a lot of use, though! Every time I have to chop something, it’s a fun game to see how many time I get my fingers with the knife. XD

  • I am all about making room for my Yonanas machine. It is my little dream come true and a sweet birthday gift from my darling hubby. We have a tiny kitchen and most things are in boxes, but I learned that if I put it away this machine, I miss out. πŸ™‚

  • My favorite is the pasta maker that I bought at a thrift store. I don’t use it more than once or twice a year, but it’s a fun get-together with family when it does happen!

  • We keep our panini maker at the ready in our tiny kitchen. My husband is a picky eater but if you can make it in a panini form, he will eat it!

  • I am smitten with the idea of a slicer/shredder that takes up less counter space! My most frivolous single-use kitchen item at the moment is a food mill that I use exactly once a year to make a year’s worth of applesauce.

  • I have a pasta maker (electric) that is close to 30 years old. I keep telling the kids we need to make some fresh pasta. It’s in the cabinet above the fridge so I keep putting it off.

  • That would be the waffle iron I just HAD to have…or the panini sandwich press…used twice πŸ™‚
    Or would it be the old cast iron food grinder that clamps onto the table/counter edge by a thumbscrew on the bottom πŸ™‚

  • Wow, I’m not sure I can limit to just one, but probably my homemade yogurt maker. I haven’t made much since my second child was born, but perhaps it’s a good time to get into it again!

  • I have 3 Aebleskiver Pans, which we use every Christmas. The rest of the year, they are hidden away, but it just wouldn’t be Christmas without Aebleskiver!

  • My rice cooker. So much better than doing grains on the stove! It stays on my counter-top all the time, and that’s valuable real estate!

  • Oddly, mine is a piece of furniture. A microwave cart that has oddles of storage space and gets the microwave off the precious countertop space. That and the portable dishwasher:-)

  • I cannot live without my apple peeler! It does it all core, slice, and peel. Common, it’s like the perfect tool! It even does potatoes.

  • I make room for my spice blender. I love it for grinding fresh spices and dried peppers even if I only use it once a month.

  • I have a Fry Daddy that has been on my counter for the past 15 years. I secretly have only used it once, since it’s harder to clean than it’s worth, but my kids gave it to my for Christmas when they were little. I may never use it, but I still see their proud little faces when I first opened it. When I make toast, I have to take my toaster off the top shelf in my pantry, but I wouldn’t change it for the world πŸ™‚

  • I call it an alligator chopper- it’s a tupperware (with measuring lines on the sides) that has a couple of different lids with different sized metal grids. Then there’s a top on a hinge that you close to chop the veggies- you can dice anything in minutes. Cubes, slices, fine dice- it’s AMAZING and I think it cost $15.

  • new to blog… but really enjoy posts! great information and my stand mixer is out all the time but hard to change to get the same benefits as this would be.

  • My favorite kitchen gadget is my grandma’s cheese shredder, that my children now use. I remember my grandma using it, and now I get to enjoy seeing my kids enjoy using it (with supervision, of course)

  • I have two blenders: a Ninja and a Vitamix, and I keep both and have been known to run them both at the same time. How else can I make a smoothie and hummus, or soup and sorbet?

  • I am bonded with my quesadilla maker. It crisps excellently and imprints adorable Mexican-themed shapes into each slice, so I don’t care that it has only one use!

  • My favorite thing would have to be our Belgian waffle iron. Overnight yeasted waffles are a weekly ritual on Saturdays (with canned bourbon peach, cinnamon pear, Bing cherry, or blueberry syrup!).

  • It seems worthwhile to me to have a juicer, although it does take up quite a lot of space. And I love my apple corer and peeler.

  • I use my pasta maker once a year for our Christmas Eve dinner. It is so easy to make pasta and every year I say I’ll do it more often… I really should!

  • Oh there are so many!! I love my pampered chef mandolin (spelling?).. I do a lot of canning and dehydrating and it really comes in handy.

  • My ceramic dutch oven..its only a once in a while thing, but I LOVE it!! It takes up an entire shelf in a kitchen with not much space, but so worth it πŸ™‚

  • We have a pizzelle maker that we have yet to use yet, we bought it at a estate sale and thought “how cool” it still sits in the cupboard just waiting for some tastee treat making!

  • I love kitchen gadgets! One of our top gadgets/tools that we always make room for on our counter is our juicer!

  • I’ll always have a place for my Kitchenaid stand mixer, even if I only use it around the holidays for cookie making.

  • Kitchen gadgets are my kryptonite. I love my cake ball maker even though I don’t use it often. I love my yogurt cheese strainer, far more now than ever since I make my own yogurt. My favorite things however are my mason jars. I use them for everything from storing dry pasta to my homemade yogurt. So much nicer than plastic.

  • My Professional Salad Shooter. Since I have carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s a lifesaver when it comes to grating and slicing! I’d love to add this new appliance to my kitchen for the same reason.

  • My Toddy cold brew Coffee Maker!! Love it! Bought for 50Β’ at a church sale as opposed to $35 at Williams Sonoma.

  • I make room for my mini chopper that my mom bought for me before she pass this yr. I love how handy is and it’s one thing I always use.

  • I have a tiny kitchen but refuse to relocate my kitchenaid. It was my non-wedding gift to myself several years ago after I got tired of waiting to find a groom to get one as a wedding present and I haven’t looked back since. It holds a very special place on my limited counter and is used each and every week for something.

  • My pasta machine/ravioli attachment. I only get to use it once or twice a year, but there is nothing like homemade ravioli (stuffed with butternut squash or cheese). Might have to get it out this weekend now that I’m thinking about it πŸ™‚

  • I always make room for my Kitchen Aid mixer. it took me forever to get one, and now I use it all the time! I love it!

  • My most often used specialty tool is my garlic graterβ€”it’s a small ceramic plate with tons of tiny little tines in the center. It grinds down a clove of garlic in fewer than 20 seconds, and it also works beautifully for ginger. I would probably rank it in my top five most often used things.
    Other specialty gadgets that I make room for are my food processor, blender, and my iced tea maker. I also keep my food mill handy (an old hand crank one which was my mother’s), and a mortar and pestle.

    Did anyone else see the article showing how mason jars are compatible with almost all modern blenders?!!?! This article has blown my mind. And it totally works! So now my blender is among those gadgets that receive a good amount of my attention!

  • I love our ice cream maker, a Kitchen Aid mixer attachment. My wife loves it when we use it to make wine ice cream together. You freeze the big mixing bowl in the freezer, usually the day before. It is bulky, but I don’t seem to mind that she leaves it in there all the time, ready for use.

  • I have a 6qt Kitchenaid professional stand mixer in cinnamon that my dad bought me for Christmas 4 years ago. I LOVE this machine! I use it for cookie doughs, bread doughs, making whipping cream, making butter, and lets not forget that best mashed potatoes in the world. My kitchen counters are small but it has an honorary place right beside my Keurig.

  • My foodsaver. I use it to reseal potato chip bags, vacuum seal dry goods in jars and for freezing food. It is one of my most valued appliances.

  • Hi the one gadget I always make room for is my mixer. I have 2 small counters but I always make room for my mixer.

  • a bit embarrassed to admit it is a whoopie pie maker- although i am excited to try out the pumpkin variety for Thanksgiving

  • I have two gadgets that I will always want in my kitchen – my Black & Decker steamer and my pizelle maker. The steamer gets used several times a month (and I rarely cook except on weekends). And it isn’t Christmas without pizelles.

  • I use my Crockpot every week (sometimes twice a week). I think that this appliance will be a great addition to my kitchen. It will help me make healthy food to stay on my specialized diet.

  • my bread machine. I swear it takes up half my counter space but who doesn’t love the smell of baking bread?

  • First wanted to tell you that I love your blog! Secondly, I am 2 years new to canning and this year, I’ve really gotten into it! I love it! My favorite tool is my multi slicer. It is just a hand slicer with two blades, one for thin slices, one for thicker slices but boy does it make slicing easier for me! I use it for cucumbers, onions, potatoes and zucchini! The first year I sliced everything with a knife. When I got this hand slicer, I cut down my time tremendously!

  • My must-have kitchen appliance is my kitchen aid mixer. I use it for absolutely EVERYTHING. It just seems to cut the time and effort in half for all my cooling and baking.

  • Have to echo some of the other comments….my Kitchen-aid Mixer. I use it weekly (sometimes more). Most often used for kneading bread dough, mixing cookie batter and shredding cooked chicken.

  • Hi Marisa! My absolute favorite item is an easy choice. I cannot live without my canner! I process everything I can get my hands on from vegetables, to fruit and jellies. Come fall my pantry is stocked full and ready for the winter. Harvest time is my favorite time of the year. There is nothing better than reaching into the pantry and picking out juice or vegetables or fruit that you grew yourself. My husband thinks I’m nuts but he also loves the taste of the food we grew versus the stuff you purchase from the grocery stores. I would love the SaladXpress. It would make prep time so much easier. Now I chop and slice everything by hand.

  • Don t know if I would call them “tools” but I have a serious specialty baking pan collection, bordering on obsession.Fall…..I have loaf pans embossed with pumpkins, bundtpan with leaves, an acorn shaped muffin pan, pumpkin 3d pans….Then for xmas it ll be quick breads baked as gifts with a gingerbread design on top….and of course lemon loaf MUST be baked in my lemon embossed loaf pan…yes I can go on and on….some women collect shoes……I get excited if I m going shopping in a kitchen store! and yes, I do have an ebelskiver pan……!

  • Toaster oven. We recently found out our 3 year old has Celiac disease and the toaster oven has been so helpful to keep it gluten free & not worry about contamination from the toaster as well as use it for rotisserie chicken & quick batches of gf rolls, etc.

  • I use my salad shooter almost everyday! I absolutely LOVE it! So great for shredding and slicing. I have trouble with my hands due to health problems and any gadget I can use to make my life better and to help us eat healthier makes my life so much easier! In fact, I have used it so much the blades are cracking and getting dull. Time for a new one! Thank you!!!

  • I have a kitchenaid minnie chopper that I used for so many different recipes, from chopping nuts, to carrots, onions and lots of other fruits or veggies that I don’t want to take the time to chop by hand