Eating a salad always sounds like a great idea—until it’s time to put it all together. For a dish composed of simple raw ingredients, it can take ages to prep your veggies, ready them, and toss with a delicious dressing. And while you may be tempted to buy pre-cut foods to save you time, they often don’t keep for as long, making for more food wasted, and less salad eaten.
Enter the salad chopper: an inexpensive kitchen tool that helps you pick up the pace in getting your ingredients ready. They’re available in many different forms, from classic mezzalunas to scissors that simultaneously cut and toss your ingredients together. There are even versions available that keep your hands away from the blade, making for family-friendly options that enable your kids to help.
Mueller Pro-Series 10-in-1 Vegetable Chopper
Suitable for most vegetables
Many shapes and sizes of cuts
Storage container included
Must disassemble to clean
Can be tricky to assemble
For an all-in-one solution to your salad woes, the Muellor 10-in-1 vegetable chopper has every blade shape you need to slice, grate, and dice your day to an excellent salad. The large dice size is big enough to put firm lettuce such as romaine or iceberg through, and smaller blades can be used for things like grating carrots and slicing cucumbers. It comes with a storage container and a draining basket for washing foods.
This tool is multifunctional, thanks to its numerous attachments, so in addition to salad you can use it to dice onions and celery for soup, mince garlic for pasta sauce, or slice potatoes for homemade chips.
Materials: Plastic and stainless steel | Weight: 2.83 pounds | Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Chef’n Salad Shears Lettuce Chopper
Needs little space for storage
Easy to use
Material may scratch plastic bowls
The Chef’n SaladSheers are what you get when you combine a mezzaluna and a pair of salad scissors. It’s an interesting concept that not many brands make, but it works quickly and efficiently for chopping everything in your salad at once. The serrated blade is able to cut through tough foods, such as tomatoes, and the curved shape means that you can use it directly in the bowl you’ll serve your salad in.
The rubber grips make it simple to hold this tool, and it can be used easily with just one hand. It’s a budget-conscious way to try out salad choppers, in case you’ve been on the fence about them.
Materials: Rubber, nylon | Weight: 5.6 ounces | Dimensions: 8.13 x 7 x 1.25 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Trudeau Toss and Chop Salad Tongs
Convenient for storage
Blade stays sharp
Hard for some hands
Tricky to clean
Chop and toss your salad all at once with these Toss And Chop Salad Tongs. The two stainless steel blades have micro-serrated edges that stay sharp for years, and the chopper tongs can be used directly in your salad bowl.
Salad scissors are best used by those who have strong hands or at least don’t have any issues with hand pain. That’s because you’ll be using the strength of your hand to cut through entire produce items, such as tomatoes or cucumbers. The double blades make the process go twice as quickly as one blade would, though, so this isn’t an issue for most.
Materials: Plastic and stainless steel | Weight: 9.6 ounces | Dimensions: 6.5 x 11.02 x 2.76 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Fante’s Mamma Maria’s Rocking Mezzaluna Chopper
Made in Italy
Handle requires upkeep
Most of us aren’t equipped to make salad like an Italian grandma would, but Fante’s Double Mezzaluna will help you get as close as possible to a taste of the old world. The two rocking blades allow you to slice and dice your vegetables, as well as chop your lettuce, all on one cutting board. You can also use a mezzaluna directly in a salad bowl, provided the shape matches the curves of the bowl.
Because the blades of a mezzaluna are sharp and not too far away from your hands, always hold both handles of the device. Treat it as you would a sharp knife, and don’t consider it suitable for children.
Materials: Beechwood and stainless steel | Weight: 5.9 ounces | Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 4.75 inches | Dishwasher Safe: No
Tasty The Salad Bowl Salad Chopper Colander Bowl
Excellent for on-the-go
Large serving bowl
No knife or blades included
If you always make sure to rinse your lettuce before cutting it for salad, you’ll no longer need a separate colander thanks to the Tasty The Salad Bowl Salad Chopper Colander Bowl. It’s a colander that, once you’ve rinsed and drained your produce, can be flipped over to chop and slice your salad. The slicing guides are there for you to pull your own knife through. Flip it back over, and your salad is ready.
There’s a dressing container included with the colander, which locks on tightly for ease of on-the-go usage. The 56-ounce bowl ensures that everyone gets a heaping serving of freshly chopped salad.
Materials: Plastic | Weight: 1.17 pounds | Dimensions: 9.43 x 9.43 x 3.97 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Oxo Good Grips Salad Chopper With Bowl
Can slice tough foods
Comes with 5.5-quart bowl
Blades can get clogged
For fans of using pizza wheels to slice pizza, consider the Oxo Good Grips Salad Chopper the kitchen tool you didn’t know you needed. It functions similarly to a pizza slicer, only thanks to the double blades, it works to cut up all kinds of lettuce and vegetables. The bowl it comes with is suitable for the chopper to cut directly in, which is helpful if you dislike making messes on the cutting board.
Once everything is cut to your satisfaction, you can toss and serve your salad directly in the bowl. We love that the soft handle on the chopper makes it less difficult for hands to hold.
Materials: Plastic and stainless steel | Weight: 1 pound | Dimensions: 12.5 x 5.5 x 12.5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
GEFU Treppo Chopper
Comes with cleaning comb
Fewer cut options
The GEFU Treppo Chopper is similar to other chopper models on this list but offers a more upscale appearance. Subtle black with a clear storage case, this chopper has strong enough blades to work through both tender fruit and firmer vegetables. Its non-slip feet make it extra stable on a cutting board or counter, and the cleaning comb is a bonus, so you can avoid getting near the blades with your hands.
Thanks to the blades being inaccessible as you use it, this is safe for older children to use, as well. Note that even though it is dishwasher safe, the manufacturer recommends cleaning the blades by hand in order to keep them as sharp as possible.
Materials: BPA-free plastic and stainless steel | Weight: 1 pound 7 ounces | Dimensions: 9.75 x 5 x 5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
The Mueller Pro-Series 10-in-1 Vegetable Chopper is our top choice, because it’s well suited for every salad ingredient you’ll need to prep whether you want grated carrots or shredded lettuce. We also loved the budget-friendly nature of the Chef’n SaladShears Lettuce Chopper, which functions somewhere between a mezzaluna and salad scissors.
What to Look for in a Salad Chopper
Most salad choppers involve a curved blade, and most are stainless steel. Many claim that the blade will last for years without issue, which is necessary because most aren’t a shape that can easily be sharpened. When selecting one, products that have reviewers agreeing with the longevity of the blade are a great bet.
For talented home chefs, a mezzaluna or slicing wheel can be safely navigated, but that may prove more challenging for beginner and younger cooks. If you’re opting for a salad chopper in part so that you don’t have to use a knife, pick one of the options that slices and dices with a push or scissor motion, so that you won’t have to come in close contact with a blade. Those are also the safer choices for older children who want to help in the kitchen.
If all you need for chopping is something that can handle iceberg, nearly any chopper can be right for you. On the other hand, if you like numerous other ingredients in your salad and you want to be able to use one tool for all of them, be sure to select a salad chopper that can cut through tomatoes and zucchini as quickly and seamlessly as it can through romaine.
How do you use a salad chopper?
There are some exceptions, but for most models, a salad chopper is used by taking the tool and moving it through the food you want to cut. You do this in the salad bowl directly or on a cutting board, depending on the type of device you’re using. For free-flowing tools (not the box style that you press), a salad chopper can be used repeatedly, back and forth, until your ingredients are as small as you want them.
How do you sharpen a salad chopper?
Some salad choppers can’t be sharpened. Those that can be, such as a mezzaluna, can be sharpened the same way you would sharpen a knife: with a steel or knife sharpener. You can also take them to a professional sharpener. Other salad choppers have micro-serrated blades that don’t need sharpening for several years.
What else can you use a salad chopper for?
You can use a salad chopper for many other culinary prep needs. Examples include making salsa, chopping vegetables for soup, mincing herbs, and preparing vegetables for sauces.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author. Thanks to two decades of cooking professionally, her hands now cramp when she chops, so she is always on the lookout for culinary tools that will enable them to get the rest they deserve.