Monday, July 26, 2010

Blueberry Week -- Red, White, and Blue Salad/Girard's Dressing Giveaway!



Don't miss the Girard Dressing Giveaway in this post!  A food giveaway on a food blog; it doesn't get much better than that! 

Hope the heat, or the rain in our case, hasn't been getting you down!  Today we had some wonderful thunder showers.  It's Monsoon Season in Utah!  It is not unusual for us to have very warm mornings and stormy afternoons.  Here at Red Couch Recipes we are enjoying a glut of blueberries.  My children eat them by the handfuls!  So what's a girl to do when she has a glut of blueberries, why BLUEBERRY WEEK of course!


I was contacted by the people at Marzetti's to do a product review of Girard premium dressings.  Marzetti is the parent company of Girard's.  They sent me three bottles of  their new dressings, Apple Poppyseed, Creamy Balsamic, and Peach Mimosa. and a fourth bottle of their signature Champagne dressing.  The dressings I will review are Apple Poppyseed and Creamy Balsamic.  I am reviewing Apple Poppyseed today and Creamy Balsamic next week. 

You have probably seen Girard dressings in the supermarkets; they have a distinctive triangular bottle shape.  Chef Girard created his first salad dressings in 1939 in San Francisco.  Girard's dressings come in 18 different varieties!  The Marzetti company, have graciously offered me FIVE (four bottle) sets of their dressing for a giveaway to FIVE lucky followers of Red Couch Recipes!  There are three chances to win.

 Rules for the Giveaway are as follows:

1.  You must be a a follower or become a follower of Red Couch Recipes and tell me, in a separate comment, that you are a follower for a First  Chance.

2.  In a separate comment, please visit the site Everyday Elegance , created by Epicurious.com and Girard's to feature wonderful recipes using Girard's Dressings and entertaining tips for a Second Chance.

3.  In a separate comment, tell me that you blogged about this giveaway on your blog OR left a tweet and provide the direct link to your tweet on your comments for a Third Chance.

4.  This contest is open to only those residing in the United States.

 5.  Your e-mail must be visible on your blog or in your comments to qualify for the giveaway.

6.  One Salad Dressing Set Per Follower which consists of 12 fluid ounces of the following varieties:  Apple Poppyseed, Creamy Balsamic, Peach Mimosa, and Champagne.  This giveaway is being sponsored by the Marzetti Company.

7.  The Giveaway will close at 11:00 pm (Mountain Time) on August 4, 2010.

8.  Winners will be randomly drawn using Random.Org.

The Marzetti Company has also provided a link where you can print off  a $2.00 coupon towards the purchase of one Girard's Dressing.  Click HERE for the coupon.  Please be aware that there are a limited amount of coupons and that they are on a "first come-first serve basis. 


















Today I made a salad to highlight the great flavor of the Apple Poppyseed Dressing.  The Apple Poppyseed Dressing is sweet, but not cloyingly so; it is tangy, but not too bitey.  It enhances the flavors of the salad, but does not overpower them.  I have made similar dressings like the Apple Poppyseed Dressing, but mine have always come out too thin; this dressing is the perfect thickness.  It enhances the flavors in the Red, White and Blue salad I have put together.


Recipe for Red, White and Blue Salad with Girard's Apple Poppyseed Dressing:

Romain Lettuce, torn in small pieces

Red Onions, thinly sliced.  I use a mandolin -- "THE RED"























Swiss Cheese, cut in small cubes -- THE WHITE

Blueberries -- You could use dried blueberries in the fall --THE BLUE

Sugared cashews -- Just throw some cashews in a small saute pan along with some sugar at a medium high heat for a few minutes.  Watch carefully!  When the sugar begins to melt, take off heat and stir to separate the cashews from each other.  Cool before using. 


Toss all ingredients together and then serve with Girards Apple Poppyseed Dressing.

Girard's Apple Poppyseed Dressing


The Red, White, and Blue Salad is ready to eat!  Come take a bite!


Thank you for dropping by Red Couch Recipes, where you are always welcome to take a seat on my couch and relax a bit!

I am posting this with the following:
What's for Dinner Mom Meatless Monday.
 Balancing Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday.
Blessed With Grace's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.
All the Small Stuff's Tuesdays at the Table.

37 comments:

KatiePerk said...

Ooh lala! I love the CHampagne dressing but haven't tried the others! I am a follower!

KatiePerk said...

Everyday Elegance is a great website! I like their recipe for watermelon, feta and basil salad with balamic dressing. So fresh!

Allie and Pattie said...

YUM- I love blueberries and we throw fruits in salads all the time!
xoxo Pattie

Christy said...

i do love girards champagne dressing..haven't tried the others...but i would bet they are good! Love the idea of throwing fruit into an otherwise savory salad....blueberries are my fave!

chocoholic said...

I'm a follower!

rachel.beasley AT converse.edu

chocoholic said...

The Shrimp Salad with Champagne Salad dressing at the Everyday Elegance site looks amazing!

rachel.beasley AT converse.edu

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

This is red, white and whoo! Oh it looks so yummy and blueberries are one of my favorite, keep in the fridge all the time, and eat every day foods. This is going to be another great week on the couch! Love all of their dressings too. They are one of the best ready to buy brands and I grew up using them on special occasions in CA. I am a follower and huge fan! Thanks Joni...

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

That salad looks heavenly! I just wanted to let you know that I put your giveaway on my sidebar :)

XOXO
Jen

Marilyn said...

Thanks for stopping in for a visit and leaving a comment for me to enjoy! This salad sounds yummy! Cashews, too! ♥♫

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think this is a great giveaway. I've never tried these dresssings. I am a follower.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I visited the site...I'd love to try that shrimp salad made with the Champaign dressing.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Hi Joni! Thanks for the fun give-away! I've been a follower!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I've posted it on my side bar! I did visit that site, and the carrot/cabbage salad looks great!

Mimi said...

That salad looks delicious!

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your salad sounds delicious. I do love blueberries!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hi Joni, I wanted to stop by to thank you for popping over to my butterfly post and leaving such a nice comment. I love meeting new bloggers with similar (and not so similar sometimes) interests. The opportunity to critique food products sounds so interesting - and your pics and descriptions are wonderful. I'm a new follower now and look forward to stopping by often! Ciao, bella!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hi again, for some reason the Followers link box is not loading up on my page. I'll try again later!!

Clements Family said...

I am following...
Those dressings look amazing...apple poppyseed...Yum!

Barb @ 1SentenceDiary said...

Yum! I *love love love* blueberries and will definitely be coming back for the rest of blueberry week!

You might be interested in my <a href="http://1sentencediary.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/tasty-tuesday-blueberry-oatmeal-bread/><strong>Blueberry Oatmeal Bread</a></strong> too. It is delish!

thatlittlehouse said...

I'm a public follower of Red Couch Recipes on GFC

nblexp at gmail dot com

thatlittlehouse said...

I visited Everday Elegance and I'd like to try the Hot Potato Salad recipe with the Champagne Salad Dressing

chocoholic said...

I blogged about the giveaway here:

http://achocoholicsdiary.blogspot.com/2010/07/go-win-wednesday_27.html

rachel.beasley AT converse.edu

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I am a follower! These dressings look fantastic!! They all look great! Thanks!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I checked out their website and actually bookmarked it to check it out again! Their dressing sound fantastic! The recipe I would LOVE to try would be their Savory Apple and Sausage Bread Pudding. It does not sound calorie friendly but SOOOOOOOOO delicious!! Thanks again for a great giveaway!

Tiffanee said...

Salad looks delicious and so does the dressing!! Now following!!

bj said...

I know first hand how great these are...I, too, am in the middle of one of their giveaways. Such fun...and these are REALLY great dressings.
xo bj

Sherry said...

Yum!! I am a follower!
Sherry

Sherry said...

I went to Everyday Elegance. I love the recipes over there. The watermelon salad looks good and the peach dressing looks divine. Thanks for a chance!
Sherry

Joycee said...

Oh, these look fabulous! Our little groceries only carry the champagne and caesar, I'd love to try the apple poppyseed. Please add my name for a FIRST Chance!

SavannahGranny said...

Thanks for the chance to enter your contest. I am a new follower. The red, white and blue salad looks awesome. I have some blueberries and I am going to try it tonight. Thanks

SavannahGranny said...

I am trying for a second chance. I visited Everyday Elegance. I now use the champagne dressing but I had never visited the website before. I will using some of the salads. Thanks

Sue said...

Giveaway or no giveaway I am a follower now...I LOVE your blog! Now I just need to get to the blueberry patch, grab a bucket and make some of your recipes! :)

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

I am a follower of your blog and would so love to win those wonderful dressings.
itlldo2@gmail.com

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

I just visited Everyday Elegance. Some wonderful suggestions there to spice up some summer sandwiches. Thanks for the link!
Please enter me again.

itlldo2@gmail.com

parTea lady said...

I love blueberries and that salad looks delicious. I'd like to try those new dressings. Thanks for the giveaway and I'm a follower.

Style Sisters said...

OH enter me in I love their dressings! Their raspberry creamy vinegrette is to die for! I am a follower. I am going to their site now and I will tweet about your giveaway! Love the napkin rings in the photo ;)

Entertaining Women said...

I'm pleased to be a new follower. Thank you for the opportunity to collect new recipes. Cherry Kay

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