Summer is the perfect time to pick a handful of fresh herbs or leaves ready to whizz up into a quick dressing or sauce. I’ve seen some really interesting pesto recipes recently, with walnuts in place of pine nuts or wild garlic in place of basil. Summer fruits can also easily be blitzed into a fruit coulis, or even a quick smoothie. Fresh herbs with a little vinegar and olive oil added make a quick salad dressing, too.
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Helen Garner says
Would make salad dressing as eating a lot of salad at the moment.
helen rosbotham says
I use it for crushed ice for the summer cocktails!
Lyndsey Beckford says
I would chop up veg and make a big pot of soup.
Dave E says
Andrew Sales says
For chopping onions.
Jennifer Deavall says
Onions, as I react so strongly to them when slicing them.
susan willshee says
any minute now the blackberry bushes near my house will burst into fruit – they have so many flowers on! So I’d whizz up a few blackberries and add some yoghurt. Yum1
vera Bahounkova says
veg for home made salad
Angie Hoggett says
I’d whizz up some old bread to make breadcrumbs for home made fish cakes
Rob Clayton says
hmm good question. i fancy chopping walnuts/peanuts/cashew nuts and then mixing chillis and fresh tomatoes and herbs. make a hot tomato and nut marinade for some chicken for the bbq. no idea how this will turn out but i like to play in the kitchen
Rachel B says
I’d use it for whizzing up nuts and for a cake.
Emma Boitoult says
Some home made hummus. Delicious for dipping warm pittas in!
Jayne K says
I’d use it to grind up nuts when I’m baking.
keelyann chauntry says
I would use it to chop up my vegetables to make my home made pizza 🙂 x
Pauline Dring says
I’d love to win this to chop onions and other veg.
Katie Harmer says
I would definately chop up salad stuff including red cabbage and/or stir fry veg – It may save me some time!
zoe bryan says
I would use this for so may thing we do lots of home cooking so it would speed up loads of things like marinades and coleslaw, chopping veg and so much more. the more time I save the more time I can spend baking with my kids
Faye Lester says
Garlic and ginger.. no stinky fingers!!
Amy Jacobson says
I’d make a fruit smoothie 🙂
Sheila Reeves says
Some fresh salsa, great for the barbecues we are having at the moment
Abigail M says
I would use it to make my own pesto
emma weaver says
id whizz up everything i could
Kathryn S says
I’d use it to make a lovely cheesecake base
Annaloa Hilmarsdottir says
My favorite winter soup, Red Lentil , Tomato and apricot soup
Diana Semionova says
Would make a nice salad for my baby :}
Sophie Hedley says
Veg so I could make a stir-fry 🙂
David Jackson says
i would use for my coleslaw
jen jackson says
Id use it to whizz up ingredients for coleslaw
Rhoda K says
I’d make some pesto. Can’t beat it in the summer!
sam bailey says
I like making home made breadcrumbs with maybe some garlic and lemon, or cajun spice thrown in so this would be ideal to mix it up
Emma Howard says
I’d love to try making pesto
Angela Wilcox says
I’d use it to make homemade pesto. Much nicer than the ready made kind
Ann Calland says
Veg for my favourite homemade vegetable soup.
denise s says
pesto home made is the best
REBECCA TOWNSEND says
I would use it on all the lovely herbs growing in my garden.
Hazel Rush says
I’d use it to chop onions and also herbs
Valerie Kaseram says
Ingredients for a coleslaw 🙂
I’d chop onions to save my eyes watering
DAWN TOTTON says
LEAH SULLIVAN says
Some guacamole or houmous 🙂
Joanne Welsh says
help with the babis meals
Caroline Anne Bellamy says
Onions so no more tears
Sarah Ballantyne says
I found a great recipe for Thai Noodle Salad last week and I’d use this to make the dressing – chilli, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce and sugar. Mmmmmm…
kerry sullivan says
chillis and garlic would be great in this mini chopper – saves getting them on your hands too much
miriam krutska says
will use to chop onions garlic and spices
Shirley Evans says
love to trythis gadget
Scott Caldon says
I would make my own basil pesto
Colin Faulkner says
I make lots of soup so would make life easy for me.
Joanna Sadler says
I’d use it for chopping herbs and grinding spices
I would blend vegetables for a delicious soup
Charlotte Hoskins says
A smoothie – you have to make use of all the fruit about at this time of year 🙂
Jane Middleton says
Janine Atkin says
veg for a tasty homemade soup
sunil koya says
Basil for a pesto sauce 🙂
I’ve always fancied making my own pesto.
Clare H says
Veg for a soup
Lani Nash says
lots of veg to make a tasty stew
Laura Hadland says
my own pesto
Ali Thorpe says
Tom Hume says
Chilli, garlic and ginger to fry chicken in…. Yum!
Megan Hughes says
I would make fresh coleslaw with homemade mayo and also use it to chop fresh herbs.
Claire Nelson says
Isabelle Smith says
Emma Smith says
I would make some coleslaw
Paula Phillips says
Philip Thomas Boyle says
Nuts , if it’s up to it.
Jayne B says
Spices for Thai chicken curry
sally rees says
coleslaw or a nice fresh salsa
stephen holman says
I’d use it to blitz fruits into lovely smoothies 🙂
Kristy Brown says
Homemade Garlic butter sauce
TRACEY TOLCHARD says
Rebecca Shelton says
I would make a nice fruit smoothie 🙂
Mark Johnson says
A spicy salsa
Hannah Whitling says
Different pastes and bases for sauces to flavour food. I dont have any blenders etc so rarely make home made marinades and pastes for any meat i’m cooking, so would love to have much more flavoursome food using this.
Agata Pokutycka says
fresh herbs and spices while making spicy sauce to go over chicken wings
I’d use it to make my own hummus. It’s cheaper and healthier than store bought.
James Holyland says
Chicken & Vegetable broth soup
Alison Turner says
I would use it for all sorts chopping herbs for meals,chopping salads,pestos ooooh!!! all sorts 😀
rebecca elaine pawsey says
cucumber and carrots as my children love snacking on them and this would be a quick way to put them into bitesize pieces.
Tracey Kifford says
Breadcrumbs – this would make it really quick to make breadcrumbs, which have a multitude of uses in so many recipes.
Joanna Sawka says
I’d prepare banana lassi
Jamie Walker says
Veronica Therawati says
Deborah Wheeler says
Coleslaw to have with salad on these hot summer days
Soup, it looks much easier than getting out the blender
Karen R says
I would wizz up the spices for indian curries!
Honora Livesey says
Some yummy homemade homous 🙂
Holly Boyd says
In this weather anything cold, a smoothie would be amazing with lots of exotic fruits and perhaps the occasional vegetable.
Celia West says
So many things – vegs, herbs, breadcrumbs and best of all onions with no tears!
Jess Mandeville says
Mangos, chillis and peppers to make the base for my homemade hot sauce
Emma D says
There are so many different side dishes that I would love to have a go at making. My first choice would probably be coleslaw though.
I’m just starting out eating healthy and aiming to lose lots of LBS!!! This would help me create flavour combos without the calories…
Mark Palmer says
Sarah S says
I would use it to blend my Thai green curry paste. It would be perfect!
claire griffiths says
i would use it to whizz up all my lovley marinades for my meat
Andrea MacLeod says
claire gray says
i would make some tasty salsa and sauces for the bbq food 😉
Richard Boothroyd says
Great for coleslaw!
Kelly Hooper says
Id be cheeky and use it to chop up some veggies that my son swears he doesnt like and hide it in his yorkshire pudding lol
Wendy Smith says
I would use it to chop fresh herbs & spices for marinades, like coriander, garlic & chillis.
In this weather smoothies all the way!
Clair Dukes says
I would whizz up homemade guacamole
Aimie Head says
This would save me so much time!! x
Claire Appleton says
Homemade soup to help me start the new 5.2 diet 🙂
Andrew Halliwell says
The blackberries are beginning to form and it looks like it might be a bumper crop this year, so, blackberry smoothies…
Tony Flanagan says
pesto for me…
Simon C says
Some nice homemade Soup 🙂
Helen S says
The first thing I would make is homemade pesto; it livens up pan fried chicken and spread on a french stick before it goes in the oven, is a perfect alternative to garlic bread …. and no bad breath the next day either, bonus.
Tracey Tedford says
I would make smoothies
Onion for home made burgers
Jeremy Hards says
Carrots, Onions, Peppers and other vegies to make a nice salad. The food processor is too much agro for a meal for one person. A mini chopper would be ideal
Joanne Blunt says
I’d have a go at making pesto
saffron khan says
Emily Hutchinson says
The herbs from my garden
Herbs from the garden to marinade my fish for the BBQ
David Jackson says
Alfredo Vazquez says
I would use it for making salsa, perfect for when i cook fajitas or just as a tasty dip
I would use it to make a really lovely pineapple and chilli salsa – this handy little beauty would save loads of time!
rose p says
To make up meals for my 2 day fast(not as my husband thought macdonalds one day and burger king the next!)
Natalie Crossan says
I’d chop up some nice fresh onion and minced meat and make burgers
Sheri Darby says
Tomatoes for tomato soup
Laura Denman says
Initially I’d chop onions but I’d soon be experimenting with all sorts of stuff. I’d even do a review on my blog =)
Emma Lewis says
Sweet and sour sauce
Pamela Gossage says
I would use it for soup
a thick fresh strawberry milkshake with icecream
lauren buck says
all sorts of soups
Amanda Graham says
Fruit Smoothie for breakfast!
kylie johnson says
Anything really – I’m useless at chopping, so would save my fingers!
Teresa Lee says
A mixed fruit smoothie
Cristina McDowall says
onions without tears!
Christine Caple says
I would use it to make some soup
Jo Booth says
all the vegetables we eat, better than using pre-chopped frozen veg : -)
Ann Robinson says
I’d use it for guacamole which i love but haven’t found a shop bought one i like
leanne williams says
Garlic and Chilli. Yummy!
Nicola Reynolds says
I’d use it to make healthy smoothies for me and my family
Paul Witney says
I would chop herbs and garlic
Rebecca Woodroof says
Danielle Graves says
Some tomatoes, onions, garlic cloves, herbs and seasoning to make a lovely salsa
kim mayhead says
Spices and onions to make my own curry pastes.
Mandy Waller says
I would do a tasty fruit smoothy 🙂
Dawn Fletcher says
Fruit Smoothie…….nothing like it to start the day off right :))))
tomatoes for salsa
Susan Ellams says
a nice blend of fresh spices fro my curries
zoe dennett says
would love to win this, thanks for the chance
TRACEY REDFERN-JONES says
I would use it to chop fruit vegetables, ready for summer salads
Emily OMara says
raspberry smoothie! great prize
Jo Booth says
To disguise the veg in home made lasagne or pasta, so my daughter will eat it 🙂
Diane Wareing says
I would make home made soups and salad dressings with it 🙂
Mickie Bull says
Biscuits for cheesecake bases
Louise A says
Prawns to make prawn balls or prawn toast etc. Many things…
emma franklin says
a spicy salsa
Tracey Peach says
Everything that needs chopping
I would make pesto in all its variations. Love fresh basil and nuts!
I would use the Russell Hobbs Desire Mini Chopper for everything really!
Amy Ripley says
Steve Sharpe says
Garlic and Chilli. Yummy!
Jean Bolsover says
Vegetables for a coleslaw
gillian burden says
Jenny Silver says
I’d probably try adding some fruit and see how it goes
veggies to hide in my sons food 😉
I prefer my onions finally chopped but I can never do it by hand with a knife so this would be perfect!
Great for homemade yummy salsa too! 🙂
Helen Marshall says
Kat Glynn says
I’d chop nuts and fiddly time consuming things.
Laura Silver says
Il be different and say Id chop up some cheese to sprinkle on lasagnes etc 🙂 lol
Emily McCabe says
I’d probably make some sort of pesto as I’ve not made my own pesto yet
Caroline H says
I’d whizz up some homegrown basil then some pine nuts for pesto.
Sarah Benn says
claire woods says
A healthy smoothie
Joanne Kelly says
Mint! Hate chopping mint, haha x
Clare Webb says
Some lovely homemade soup
Pete Belcher says
Dawn Henson says
I would make my own Pesto Sauce which I lo ve mixed into Pasta.
Patricia Edwards says
Smoothies and soup, nice to make my own
Fresh basil pesto with cashews
Annie Costa says
bananas,strawberries,raspberries&yogurt for a delicious any-time-of-the-day smoothie!
I would chop Carrots up so finely and hide them in my bolonase
Kerrie McKay says
I would make a pesto with items from our garden. It would chop up our herbs and garlic nicely.
jennifer thorpe says
tomatoes for a home made soup
Laura Pritchard says
Some lovely breakfast smoothies!
Louise Comb says
I would make a chopped salad with cucumber, tomatoes, onions, kidney beans and a little light dressing 🙂
katie skeoch says
some mint for my mojito cocktails!!
John Williams says
Looks a good chopper.
Louise English says
The ingredients for celeriac slaw.
CHRISTINE ANDREWS says
……………..veg for my stir fry
Karen Barrett says
Pine nuts and basil to make my pesto
Julia Nicholls says
I love making pesto but I would find this a fantastic aid to making coleslaw which I make a lot but find the chopping a bit of a chore.
Penny Crumpton says
spices for a moroccan chickpea cury!
ali mckenzie says
I wouldnt know where to start so I’d head for the cookbooks for inspiration
Melanie C says
Home made coleslaw for the summer BBQs ahead! x
Adele Hill says
Rey Chunara says
I’d go for soups. Love making them.
Judith Allen (@JudeVFR400) says
Nuts, and pesto, yummy! Perfect for small quantities.
Make apple suace
Pat Stubbs says
Any of the homemade soups that I make
Emily P says
Some cool refreshing gazpacho, perfect!
Chopping onions really small is something I hate doing so that’s what I use the chopper for 😀
A GOOD SOUP
Mandy Seymour says
sian hallewell says
Would it do carrots for a carrot cake? Hoping so, as I love carrot cake, but it takes ages
I would make my own marinades and curry pastes 🙂 YUMMY!
Gary Topley says
I would use it for baby food x
Aimee @ Violet Femme says
I’d whizz up some berries and yoghurt for a breakfast smoothie 🙂
herbs for a pesto
I would make a pesto
Making homemade tabbouleh 😀
helen battle says
I would ‘try’ to make a salsa 🙂
Christine Johnson says
Cheese savoury, l would chop eggs, onions and tomatoes and so many other things
Mary Gibson says
I would chop vegetables for my vegetable bake.
Anita Hooper says
Anything smelly to save my hands from smelling
Allan Smith says
Onions and garlic!
Donna B says
Definitely a good, homemade veg soup! Great little gadget.
Lisa Everaert says
I`d love this to make short work of chopping my tomatoes. VERY handy!
Angela Dunne says
Emily Clark says
Some homemade vegan pesto – just replace the cheese with white miso and it tastes exactly the same, just as delicious!
Jenni Lynch says
Definitely homemade fruity berry ice cream, yum!
it would be great for making home-made pesto
Sylvia Witham says
Courgettes and leeks for a courgette bake
Andrew Dommett says
Chop Raw salad vegetables for fresh salad
A quick and nifty chutney!
Looks ace for wiz zing up a spicy salsa mmmmmmm
J. Tingay says
It would be excellent for making marmalade.
andy harris says
making pesto sauce
Rich Tyler says
Everything & Anything, I’d just be so chuffed with a new mini chopper! 🙂
Claire Smith says
EMMA WALTERS says
Louise Smith says
s_freebie :) says
Diced veg to discuise in food
s_freebie :) says
Russell Hobbs kitchen appliances are very good quality
Jill Webb says
coleslaw home made yummy
strawberry and banana smoothie!
Bex allum says
Fruit for my baby girl
angela Sandhu says
tomatoes as my husband hates a single lump of tomato in his curries!
claire bodin says
Red onions they are our favourite
michelle thompson says
to chop veg to make soup
I would use it to chop onions with
I would chop up some strawberries and banana to make a smoothie
Amelia Kennedy says
Chunky vegetable soup!
Tink Rhonda Lee Mse says
Would make a pesto, really into pesto at the moment!
Janice Davison says
Soups is always a good bet
Rob Griffiths says
Leek and potato soup
maureen findley says
i would grind spices for my curries
Peter Hewitt says
A Smooth Pina Colida
Laura H says
Home made coleslaw – so much nicer than shop bought!
Mariana Tarkulicova says
perfect little Chopper 🙂 just what my kitchen needs. definately a lovely homemade coleslaw
Colin English says
I’d love an easy way to make coleslaw
Natalie Phillips says
Salsa to have with some tortilla chips!
A nice fruit smoothie 🙂
Paul Wilson says
Sarah Birkett says
definately make a salsa, what about onions, they normally take forever
Tammy Tudor says
Fruit to make a delicious smoothie!
Fiona Marshall says
C Hui says
Would use it to cut all sorts of veg for veg soup
Mary HEALD says
BROCOLLI AND STILTON SOUP
carol egan says
this would be great to make my own salsa and guacamole for a mexican inspired meal.
Adam Shaw says
Vegetable soup! 😀
Laura Baker says
Fresh salsa for fajitas – a favourite in our house!
Kelly Koya says
a nice masala paste for curry
Stephanie Tsang says
I would whizz up some chickpeas to make hoummus.
Lucy Abbott says
I would whizz up some breadcrumbs for an apple crumble
Phil Darling says
I’d use it for my pea and Ham soup
Louise Reeks says
i would use it for my home grown strawberries to make a yummy smoothie
Nina McFadden says
I would chop up a tomato onion and cucumber to serve with a juicy hamburger.
sue h says
Alan C says
would use it to chop up digestives for cheesecake
L Bunning says
I would chop my home grown herbs and onions. Making a salsa would also be one of the first things I would do.
Great for chopping garlic and onions for some nice Italian cuisine
fozia Akhtar says
I would chop up some mint and corainder for a chutney!
Larley Haylar says
I would make salsa
Elaine Savage says
I would chop nuts for a lovely nut loaf
Paul Bennett says
Think it would have to be a nice cous cous
Tracey chalk says
Onions!!!! I can cry in the next room from chopped onions! Love making homemade soup so this would be great x
Healthy fruit smoothies!
Lisa Pepper says
Carrots cos they’re a pain to grate by hand!
Hannah Oneill says
Some chopped onions!
Alana Walker says
i would whip up a dressing for a lovely summer salad.x
Marc Donnelly says
Great for chopping malteasers to sprinkle over my ice cream yum
Dawn F says
I’d make a tomato chutney.
Emily Jayne Phipps says
For making curry pastes!
garry Booton says
We would use to our vegetables for home made sooups
Sara Hughes says
As a new vegan, I would love to experiment with some homemade dairy free pesto and some fresh Mexican fiery salsa. Yum!
would be great for sorting my little boys food
Fresh pesto and homemade soup; simple and delicious.
Michelle Bosomworth says
veg for home made soups yummy
Kate Marsden says
A tomato Salsa
David Vessey says
I’d make my own soup!
will make a nice salsa for spaghetti
Natalie French says
Lemongrass, ginger, chilli for my Thai curry paste
steve curtis says
Charley foulds says
a nice chinese stir fry!
cate howes says
Samantha Vass says
I’d use it to chop my onions, saves me crying while I chop them!
Joanne Mapp says
My Daughter won’t eat onions if she can see them, so I would use it to make the onion pieces so small, she wouldn’t notice them in her meal.
S Edwards says
Carrots as my partner cuts them so thick 😉
Mark Rayner says
I would use it to chop my chilli’s for my homemade chilli sauce.
Alison M says
Onions…no more crying at the sink with 3.5 yr old daughter asking “what’s the matter Mummy? Why are you sad?”
Paul Meulen says
Herbs from my garden.
jenny morgan says
sharon keane KEANE says
chopping my veggies for home made soup or guacamole
Would use to grind my own spices for marinades
Leah Wheatley says
Sweet Pepper Soup
kelly harper says
Homemade coleslaw or an onion salad
Gill Bland says
Probably some nuts to make a nut milk or macarons
lovely spicy chutneys and pesto and tomatoe purees…
jo maxted says
It would make it a lot easier to blend up my baby’s meals!
Sarah Parkin says
Vegetables for making a spicy salsa
Alex Ryder says
Oh this looks good! Perfect for making chimmi churri for steak!
Cherryl Thomas says
Courgettes, carrots and sweet peppers for my pasta sauces.
steven young says
I’d use this to chop up absolutely everything that needs chopping!
I would probably use this for all my chopping needs just now, as I am ill and finding chopping very tiring. What I’d most like to use it for though is for grinding spices so I can make delicate curries from scratch.
Jayne Sullivan says
I would use it to chop up some onions – no more crying eyes. A perfect addition to my homemade pasta sauce.
melanie stirling says
Some delicious pesto
Claire Wilkinson says
a nice yummy dip to go with tortilla chips
Jayne T says
I’d chop some raw veggies for a healthy salad.
ROS IRWIN says
veg for home made soups in the winter and berries for smoothies in the summer
Liz Thomas says
Take a whole lemon and slice it thickly, remove seeds, put it in the chopper with a bit of sugar and chilli flakes to taste. Whiz thoroughly. Wonderful condiment to curries. The Russell Hobbs Desire Mini Chopper would be perfect for this!
Lynsey Buchanan says
A nice fruit smoothie
Helen Moulden says
It’d have to be a berry smoothie!
Helen Porter says
a smoothie there my favorites!
Debora Hercock says
I’d make my own salsa and guacamole for a mexican inspired meal.
tamalyn roberts says
would be very handy for my home made coleslaw
Becky John says
Veggies for my summer garden salad, yum
Jean Vaughan says
I would chop tomatoes for making my own tomato soup- using my knife is so messy and time consuming.
india leigh says
melon seeds & tomatoes for an African stew.
Maya Russell says
I’d chop tomatoes, avocados, chilli and onions to make a salsa.
olivia kirby says
pesto and salsas
frances hopkins says
I’m not a very good cook, so I’d have to leave the deciding to the cook of the house, my partner
Gillian Holmes says
Judith Luscombe says
I would like to wizz up the ingredients for a homemade coleslaw
laura banks says
probably herns we do have a pestle and mortar but i useless with that
Soup, although then I’d have to decide on a flavour…choices choices
Jennie Moore says
For all of my lovely herbs in the garden!
kim plant says
veg for a stir fry x
Tracy Nixon says
Soup! I love making my own!
Ella Dublin says
A berry smoothie! :))
Jill Freeman says
I so often see recipes I fancy cooking for myself but getting the food processor out for quantities for one person really puts me off. This sounds like it fits the bill, esp as you mentioned pesto – my favourite sauce!
KAREN TAYLOR says
Would use to grind my own spices for marinades,curries and fresh herbs for pestos and dressings……mmm bring on the summer : )