|Norpro 578 Stainless Steel Mezzuluna Chopper|
|Amco Stainless Steel with Silicone Handle Mezzaluna|
To be certain my experience was not unique, I consulted the Amazon reviews and found many comments the same as mine. Ratings mirror my recommendation. So if you want to make chopped salad and want to do it in a bowl, use the single blade mezzaluna.
However, Subway subsequently switched their chopped salad method to a double-bladed pizza wheel style chopper (shown below) and available on Amazon. I tested this and it works relatively well if you have already shredded lettuce, they way they do at Subway. But it's much more likely your home lettuce is not shredded and only at best hand torn when it enters the bowl. As such, I still found the single bladed mezzaluna noted above to be the best option for chopping consistently sized lettuce and other items for your salad.
But what about the bowl? A cutting board is a sure-fire way to make a mess. The chopping bowl at Subway is a heavy resin material, not at all like the thin plastic one pictured above. The set that comes together above seemed to work pretty well because the chopping device isn't that hard on the surface. I feel however that if you really worked the bowl over with a mezzaluna, you'd have the bowl cracked pretty easily. I did not attempt this. Rather I have a wooden bowl that I use for chopping salads, herbs and other items to be sure that they remain in the bowl as I chop with the mezzaluna.
|Amazon sells the bowl and mezzaluna together.|