Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lucky Me!

Deana at Lost Past Remembered hosted a Girard's Salad Dressing giveaway recently. And last week, my lovely package arrived, because I was one of two lucky winners! So, thank you, Deana!

I've seen other people comment on the salad dressing bottles, and they really are quite pretty. The set also comes with this cute little booklet, with a little of this and that in it, including a fold out chart on how to set a complete formal table. I don't know about you, but the whole 3 each of forks, knives, spoons and glasses is never going to fly with me. I'm just saying. Nonetheless, it's rather entertaining reading.

My first foray into these dressings was a simple salad:

Champagne Cucumber Salad

2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
2 carrot, peeled and grated
Girard's Champagne Salad Dressing

Put the veggies in a bowl; pour whatever amount of dressing you like over them, and let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

The Champagne Salad Dressing has a different kind of tang to it, somewhat reminiscent of the tang in Dijon mustard. I very much enjoyed it, as did some of my hungry hordes. I just won't share with the ingrates.

The next idea was a little different, inspired by my apple tree and some leftovers!


1 cooked, cold chicken leg and thigh
2 medium apples, cored and diced small
1/2 cup craisins
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (I mixed mine)
Approx. 1/4 cup Girard's Apple Poppyseed Dressing

Cut the chicken into bite sized morsels. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, apples, craisins, and nuts (if desired). Pour the Girard's Apple Poppyseed Dressing over the mixture, using more if you want a wetter chicken salad. I served some in a sandwich to my dearly beloved, who dubbed it "strange." I believe that's because this is a somewhat sweet dressing. I just loved it; I wolfed the remainder of the bowl down without bread or other encumbrances.
Now, to figure out what to do with the other two dressings! What a puzzle to have to endure just before Labor Day weekend, right?


Big Dude said...

You are lucky. I'm not a fan of bottled salad dressings, but after reading so much about these, I may have to try one.

Nichole said...

What a GREAT prize!!!

Channon said...

Oh my. Those both - recipes and dressings - are tempting. The Knight has suggested the Champagne one more than once, and I hope he offers again to pick some up!

HermitJim said...

Boy, that salad does indeed look good enough to eat! the dressings sound pretty good as well!

Thanks for sharing this!

gMarie said...

Oh - thanks for the chicken salad - I've been thinking about some sort of waldorf salad lately - which I strange. Meh - it is what it is. g

The Blonde Duck said...

I forsee lots of salad in your future!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Lucky you, well done. Hope you enjoy the others. Diane

Linda said...

You are one lucky gal! Glad you won!!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Aren't you the lucky one! These have to be great bottled dressings.

grace said...

the simple yet elegant cuke salad is nice, but i'd be all over the chicken dish. great ingredients! yaaaaaay salad! :)

Mickle in NZ said...

Well done on the win. I just know you'll have fun trying each one out. I hope I dream about your chicken salad tonight!

Pam said...

Congrats! Both salads look tasty to me!

lostpastremembered said...

I am so glad you enjoyed them, Marje... and you did such great things with them!!! Aren't contests the best?
Love to try what you did with them!!