the best salmon salad ever

The title is no joke.

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I’ve made this recipe three times. The first was a practice run. I always practice when I’m coming up with new recipes. Sometimes they’re a home run, sometimes not. The second  time I made this recipe it was perfect and yes, the best salmon salad sandwich I could ever imagine. I made this recipe for the third time today for a very special reason. Here’s a hint. Keep in mind this is the blog’s birthday week and we’re celebrating big time over here.

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Frozen wild salmon filets, I love you. You’re always there (in the freezer) when I crave you. They can literally be defrosted after just 5-10 minutes of soaking the package in warm water.

For those of you who have never baked salmon before, you might be a little weirded out by that white stuff all over the filets. I know because I was the first time I saw it. Don’t go wiping it off. It’s protein, similar to that of an egg white!

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The sauce for the salmon salad is a happy and healthy combination of equal parts 0% Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and mayonnaise plus some chives, lemon juice and honey. Sweet and simple.

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I whipped it up while the salmon was baking and folded everything together once the salmon had cooled.

Take note of the big lumps of meat. Pretty, aren’t they? We don’t want this looking like canned salmon salad so be gentle with the salmon as you break it up and fold it into the sauce.

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The flavors really start to meld together if you can resist the urge and let this chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two… but if you can’t (not judging, I couldn’t) it still tastes amazing served immediately on a little toasted Ciabatta bread.

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Chobani Giveaway

I’ve already finished my sandwich but the best part for you guys is yet to come. Since we’re celebrating the blog’s birthday this week, Chobani has graciously offered a birthday gift giveaway, a custom case of their delicious yogurt! I love their yogurt but I also love the friendship we’ve developed over the past two years. They’ve been one of my biggest supporters and so fun to work with, so this means a lot to me! 

To enter:

There are more than a few ways to enter. The more ways you enter, the better chance you have at winning so make sure you comment once for each of the following things you do:

  1. Tell me which flavor of CHO you like best OR your favorite way to cook with it.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway: I want to win a custom case of @Chobani from @nutritionella! http://wp.me/p1jK0b-3gU
  3. Follow or Like nutritionella on 

One entry per follow!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. A winner will be randomly selected and announced some time on Friday, November 16th so check back to see if it’s you!

P.S. A little reminder there’s still time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! The winner will be chosen tomorrow.

xoxo

GIVEAWAY UPDATE: The winner of the Chobani case is Lindsay of Live. Love. Nutrition. Congrats!

139 Comments on the best salmon salad ever

  1. Jazmine
    July 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm (3 months ago)

    I just made this today. Very delicious and sweet. I didn’t have any cottage cheese so I omitted that.

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  2. Joe
    February 18, 2014 at 5:46 am (7 months ago)

    There seems to be a few small errors with this recipe
    *You list the lemon as zested, but you never use lemon zest in the instructions you just use the lemon juice. *You generally are supposed to use cold water when thawing frozen fish. Most packaged frozen fish state this. This prevents bacteria growth.

    Overall I did enjoy this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Kelsey
    November 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I tweeted :) @Christianqt07

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  4. Kelsey
    November 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm (2 years ago)

    APPLE CINNAMON!!! :)

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  5. Jaime
    November 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE honey…is that boring? I don’t even care!

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  6. Jeffrey
    November 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Facebook.

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  7. Jeffrey
    November 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Twitter.

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  8. Jeffrey
    November 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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  9. Jeffrey
    November 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Google+.

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  10. Jeffrey
    November 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Bloglovin!

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  11. Jeffrey
    November 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the cherry but I use the plain as a substitute for sugar when I make banana nut bread.

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  12. Anne
    November 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I love plain non-fat chiobani! I actually just finished some with stevia, honey, pupmkin, and cinnamon!

    Reply
  13. theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine
    November 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Trying to pick my favorite flavor of CHO is like picking your favorite child!!! But my tops yogurts are passionfruit, cinammon apple, and strawberry banana

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  14. Emily P
    November 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Liked you on facebook! Best.giveaway.ever!

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  15. Pam lambert
    November 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I like plain yogurt so I can fresh fruit on top.

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  16. Emily P
    November 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Already follow you on pinterest

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  17. Emily P
    November 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Followed you on google+, although i still don’t understand how to use it yet ha :)

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  18. Emily P
    November 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I already follow you on twitter

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  19. Emily P
    November 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I tweeted! @epurms

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  20. Emily P
    November 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite flavor is passion fruit and my favorite way to cook with it is adding plain CHO to soups for added creaminess. This salmon salad looks wonderful by the way, I always forget about canned salmon as an easy lunch option!

    Reply
  21. Colleen
    November 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite flavor is pomegranate! Love it

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  22. Tempesst
    November 15, 2012 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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  23. Tempesst
    November 15, 2012 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

    I follow you on twitter!

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  24. Tempesst
    November 15, 2012 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite flavor is plain!

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  25. Heather
    November 15, 2012 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    Lemon!

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  26. Kristi @ lifesprinkles
    November 15, 2012 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    that salmon salad does look incredible! I love the addition of red seedless grapes – I always appreciate a little texture and/or sweetness in my salmon or tuna salad. your recipe is definitely a keeper :)

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  27. Jennifer
    November 15, 2012 at 8:12 am (2 years ago)

    I usually enjoy non-fat plain yogurt with different berries or other additives for sweetness. Lemon sounds good too though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Allison
    November 15, 2012 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    I retweeted your contest entry! (@adoseofrunning)

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  29. Allison
    November 15, 2012 at 7:59 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite flavor of CHO would have to be apple cinnamon! I never thought I would like a yogurt with those flavors…

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  30. Allison
    November 15, 2012 at 7:58 am (2 years ago)

    I liked you on Facebook! (already follow you on Twitter)

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  31. Karen
    November 15, 2012 at 7:23 am (2 years ago)

    And following you on bloglovin!

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  32. Karen
    November 15, 2012 at 7:23 am (2 years ago)

    Following you on twitter

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  33. Karen
    November 15, 2012 at 7:23 am (2 years ago)

    Following you on facebook!

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  34. Karen
    November 15, 2012 at 7:22 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite flavor is not very exciting, but I love mixing up chobani vanilla with cheerios and berries for breakfast.

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  35. Gina
    November 15, 2012 at 3:58 am (2 years ago)

    I added you on Google+!

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  36. Gina
    November 15, 2012 at 3:56 am (2 years ago)

    I liked you on Facebook!

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  37. Gina
    November 15, 2012 at 3:55 am (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  38. Gina
    November 15, 2012 at 3:54 am (2 years ago)

    I tweeted!

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  39. Gina
    November 15, 2012 at 3:53 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite flavor will always be plain but right now I am also loving the apple cinnamon during fall!

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  40. abbi
    November 15, 2012 at 3:05 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite Chobani is tied between lemon and blood orange- can’t get enough!

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  41. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    November 15, 2012 at 1:22 am (2 years ago)

    I think out of all the flavors, the passionfruit is my favorite…love that crunch, but I usually stick with the plain 2% and jazz it up myself!

    Thanks for the chance to win some Cho! ;)

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  42. Danielle
    November 15, 2012 at 12:22 am (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  43. Danielle
    November 15, 2012 at 12:21 am (2 years ago)

    Such a tough choice! I love the plain – just so versatile!

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  44. Stacy
    November 15, 2012 at 12:17 am (2 years ago)

    I love them all!

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  45. Laurel C
    November 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm (2 years ago)

    And I follow you on Instagram!

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  46. Laurel C
    November 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I like your facebook page

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  47. Laurel C
    November 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on pinterest!

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  48. Laurel C
    November 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on twitter!

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  49. Laurel C
    November 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all of the Chobani flavors, but apple cinnamon in my favorite!

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  50. runinboise
    November 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

    i like all the flavors but vanilla chocolate chunk is my fave.

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  51. Stephanie Allen
    November 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the PLAIN chobani! I like to mix it in oatmeal or use it as “sour cream” on top of baked potatoes or mexican dishes.

    Reply
  52. Stephanie Allen
    November 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I enjoy the PLAIN chobani! I like to mix it with oatmeal or use it as “sour cream” on baked potatoes and mexican dishes.

    Reply
  53. Ritsa
    November 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite chobani flavor is blood orange!!!

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  54. Ritsa
    November 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

    Reply
  55. Ritsa
    November 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on twitter!!

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  56. Mar g
    November 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Lemon for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Erin
    November 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I love using Chobani in my pancake batter- makes them extra fluffy and adds protein! Also I use plain Chobani as a mayo substitute in chicken salad!

    Reply
  58. Caroline
    November 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I loooove Salmon sandwiches! I make these basically every day – with vanilla chobani (my favorite flavor, btw)

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  59. Renata
    November 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I like you on Facebook too! Thank you!

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  60. Renata
    November 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Following you on Twitter via @serene_streams!

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  61. Renata
    November 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the plain Chobani to make dips and dressings just like yours too! Love the grapes with that – Yum!

    Reply
  62. Alison W
    November 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I followed you on pinterest!

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  63. Alison W
    November 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I followed you on instagram!

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  64. Alison W
    November 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I loooove using greek yogurt to replace sour cream or mayo in dips (my favorite is spinach & artichoke dip)!!

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  65. Paige B.
    November 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    and Instagram!

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  66. Paige B.
    November 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on pinterest!

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  67. Paige B.
    November 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the plain and honey flavors!

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  68. Dawn
    November 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

    And Instagram!

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  69. Dawn
    November 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Just started following you on Facebook!

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  70. Dawn
    November 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I really want to like salmon…maybe this recipe will do the trick!

    Apple Cinnamon is now my favorite Chobani flavor(this is always subject to change!)

    Reply
  71. Jessa
    November 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Just started following you on Pinterest!

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  72. Alex
    November 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Following on Pinterest and Instagram

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  73. Alex
    November 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I love Strawberry-Banana..and all the others!

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  74. Holly
    November 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m a big fan of the plain old original. It’s so versatile!

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  75. Jessa
    November 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I love plain Chobani because it is so versatile! I put it in smoothies or add fruit and a little bit of honey for breakfast or a snack. I also use in place of sour cream or mayo in recipes!

    Reply
  76. Michelle C
    November 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I tweeted about this amazing giveaway! (@ShellyBells1)

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  77. Michelle C
    November 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Instagram :)

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  78. Michelle C
    November 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on twitter!

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  79. Michelle C
    November 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the apple cinnamon Chobani flavor, especially for this time of year!!

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  80. Lindsay
    November 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I tweeted!! @wholefoodjunkie

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  81. Lindsay
    November 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the plain to cook and bake with – currys, cakes, brownies, etc. It’s just SO good!

    Reply
  82. Fitsouffle
    November 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a tough one I adore all Chobani products, but I always come back to Vanilla. So, Vanilla is my favorite!

    Reply
  83. Molly
    November 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m always buying the plain Chobani – it’s delicious!

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  84. Eric
    November 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Favorite Chobani flavor is their black cherry. Followed you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

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  85. Georgiana
    November 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow you on Facebook! :)

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  86. Georgiana
    November 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I actually enjoy the plain 0% Chobani the most because it’s so versatile and I use it as a healthy mayo and salad dressing substitute, bake with it and have it on its own with some fruit and granola mixed in!

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  87. Raymond
    November 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Facebook fan as well – thanks!

    Reply
  88. Raymond
    November 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I enjoy the blueberry Chobani flavor the best! Thank you!

    Reply
  89. amy
    November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm (2 years ago)

    And I follow you on Twitter!

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  90. Lauren
    November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE plain!!!! But I live in Canada so I can’t join in :(

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  91. amy
    November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Apple cinnamon is my favorite!!!

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  92. She Rocks Fitness
    November 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Follow you on almost everything, but going to find you right now on Instagram!

    Reply
  93. She Rocks Fitness
    November 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I like just plain Chobani, because I like to dress it up for breakfast, snack, or dinner. It leaves my options wide open. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway and so good to read your blog again. It’s been too long! :)

    Reply
  94. She Rocks Fitness
    November 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks so GOOD! I just tweeted about this giveaway!

    Reply
  95. Shira
    November 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite chobani flavor is lemon. I love it with fresh berries and a little granola!

    Reply
  96. Tracey
    November 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m following you on twitter!

    Reply
  97. Tracey
    November 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m following you on pinterest

    Reply
  98. Tracey
    November 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m following you on google+

    Reply
  99. Tracey
    November 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m following you on bloglovin!

    Reply
  100. Tracey
    November 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I like you on facebook!

    Reply
  101. Tracey
    November 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

    Reply
  102. Tracey
    November 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I really like the pomegranate and honey flavors!

    Reply
  103. Kristen
    November 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite flavor of Chobani is definitely pineapple! I love it with a little granola mixed in. Yum!

    Reply
  104. Shelby
    November 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE the black cherry! I was actually just having one as an afternoon snack at work while reading this post! :)

    Reply
  105. @milesandmanis
    November 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Just had a black cherry as a snack and saw this! I want to win a custom case of @Chobani from @nutritionella! http://t.co/wMl1ZRd3

    Reply
  106. Brittany @ Read, Run, Repeat
    November 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I love Chobani… eat it every day – my favorite flavors are raspberry and lemon, and plain goes into my smoothies in the morning… I have yet to track down the chocolate!!!

    Reply
  107. Jen Ressler
    November 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I follow your blog and on twitter now~

    Reply
  108. Jen Ressler
    November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the strawberry chobani!

    Reply
  109. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life
    November 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Ooooh those sandwiches look amazing!

    My favorite Chobani flavors are plain (I know, boring, but so delicious!) or Black Cherry. Yum.

    Reply
  110. Tracy @ The Runners Palate
    November 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Pineapple is my favorite by far! But I usually eat 0% fat, plain yogurt each day with a little agave nectar and some fruit.

    Reply
  111. Sarah S.
    November 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Tough call on my favorite flavor of Chobani, but I’d say either apples and cinnamon or pineapple. Super tasty! That salmon sandwich looks delightful and ciabatta bread is one of my favorites.

    Reply

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