You know what food bloggers love??? Food bloggers love to try new foodie things. We just do, that’s a fact. I might even try liver if it was offered to me…no never mind, scratch that!! But when I had the opportunity to try Girard’s Salad Dressings, I didn’t even have to think about it! When I learned that they had partnered with Epicurious to create Everyday Elegance, it was even better!
The first thing I did was take pictures of the dressings, because they were so pretty all lined up! Which do you prefer??
Overexposed, but still totally cool, or more normal:
Then, after carrying my dressings around all over the house and photographing them, I settled in on finding a recipe. The dressings came with some recipe cards and that seemed like a fine a way to start. I immediately settled on Apple Chicken Salad because I had some leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge. I had everything I needed to make it except for the cheddar cheese, which I just left off. Very good!!! The dressing was light and flavorful, not overly sweet, and I really like the combination of the cabbage and the salad greens.
Apple Chicken Salad
- 1/2 cup Girard’s Apple Poppyseed Vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped dates or other dried fruit (I used apricots)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups chopped cabbage
- 4 cups mixed salad greens
- 1/4 cup peels of age white cheddar (or not, if you don’t have it!)
Preheat oven to 350 and roast nuts on a baking sheet for 5 to 7 minutes, until toasted (or use a dry skillet, which is what I always do). Cool and chop.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl, toss to combine. Serve with the cheese on top.
Are you still reading??? OF COURSE YOU ARE, you are waiting to hear about the giveaway, aren’t you? Well, 2 lucky people will receive 3 dressing flavors and the signature Champagne dressing!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. You can leave extra comments if you tweet about it, or Facebook it, or blog about it. I will randomly choose two comments on Monday, July 26th at 12 noon EST in the US. (Also this is only open to US residents).
This is why I will not be doing any professional food photography – don’t you love how I cut off their name. Yeah, I got talent.
And besides having this fabulous giveaway, I am also entering this post into some events, because I am a genius multi-tasker.
This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!
And for Souper Sundays (Soup, Salad, or Sammie) hosted by Deb at Kahakai Kitchen.