August 25, 2011

A GIVEAWAY and a Roadside Stand Dinner

Have you ever made what I call a Roadside Stand Dinner? No meat just vegetables from my local Roadside Stand. I have been doing that a lot this summer. Right now there are so many wonderful tomatoes to choose from.

I am so proud to announce that the fine folks at Girard's Salad Dressings have asked me to be one of their Epicurean Experts. I love to cook and have been doing so since I could stand on a chair at the kitchen counter. I am honored and want to share with you all the goodies they sent me in preparation for more and more great meals and recipes from my kitchen.

Look at this load of goodies. I was so thrilled. The apron and the bamboo utensils are awesome.

There were a few new recipe cards included too.

The best were the 4 bottles of Girard's new dressings for me to try. The wonderful folks at Girard's have generously agreed to give away a set of their 4 new dressings to one of my readers! I am so happy to be able to share with you their tasty dressings.

Would you like to win?

The winner will get 4 of Girard's new salad dressings.

All you have to do to enter the drawing is to Follow My Blog and leave a comment and tell me. If you are already a follower just let me know in your comment.

This is a recipe that we love and it's loaded with lots of fresh juicy tomatoes. No set measure for this one just add a little or a lot of what you like.


Use any kind of crusty bread that you like and cube it into about 3/4 inch chunks. Toss it in a big bowl, I used my huge yellowware bowl, with olive oil that has a few cloves of garlic minced into it. I used about 1/2 cup of olive oil and 6 garlic cloves. I had lots of bread! I toss it with my hands then spread it on a cookie sheet and toast it in the oven. Be sure to stir the cubes often till browned all over. I use my broiler.

While my bread is browning I chop a few tomatoes into the same big bowl I used to mix the bread and olive oil. Then I slice some onion on top. I like to use vadalia and red onion.

Add Basil to your taste. I used 3 different varieties.

I adore this bowl. I have had it so long I can't remember where I got it.

Then toss it all together.
You can also add grated cheese if you like.

I tossed mine with Girard's Olde Venice Italian Dressing.

It was amazing!

Looks wonderful doesn't it?

So yummy and good for you.

We had a friend stop over unexpectedly around dinner time so we asked him to join us. He couldn't get over raving about this simple salad. "Best he has ever had" He said.

For many years I made my own salad dressings but with a dressing the quality of Girard's at hand no need to mix it up myself anymore.

Each of these varieties has less sodium than before and the White Balsamic Vinaigrette and the Greek Feta Vinaigrette varieties contain no high fructose corn syrup if that is important to you.

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Good Luck to all of you who enter the GIVEAWAY!

Chat with you again soon.

~ ~Ahrisha~ ~


Deb said...

That does look delish. My kind of dinner. I don't know if Canada is included in the draw but if so, I'm a follower and would love to enter my name. Thanks. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Blondie's Journal said...

Tomato and Bread Salad...this looks really good! I am definitely going to try it on one of these hot days. Thanks so much for the recipe, Ahrisha! We have been trying to eat healthier, too, this summer and sometimes I get really tired of plan old salad.

Love your dishes...they are darling.

I'd love to be in your giveaway. I am a follower! :-)


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your salad sounds great! Thanks for the fun give-away, I'm a follower:@)

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, does that look WONDERFUL!! What an honor for you and those dressings are the best!! Please enter me in and YES, I've been a following!


P.S. Thanks for stopping by and entering in for my giveaway ;)

Lori said...

I am a new follower of your blog. So glad I found you! I would love to be entered into your giveaway. Your tomato dish looks beautiful! Blessings!

Barbara F. said...

Hi Ahrisha, so happy to see a new post. You know I am a happy follower. Great giveaway. xo,

Sue said...

Hi.....I am your newest follower! I'm so glad I found you as it all looks so delicious!


Jacqueline said...

Yum yum yum and I love their dressings. I love all the fresh veggies right now - so fun and beautiful too.

meemsnyc said...

I'm already a follower to your blog. That salad looks amazing as do the salad dressing. What yumminess.

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE fresh tomatoes and this salad looks divine! That's one thing about this season, lots of fresh veggies and fruits to enjoy. It's been so hot here for so long, no one really wants to eat heavy foods.

I'm a new follower and look forward to more of your recipes and getting to know you! Stop by and say hi when you can ~


Poppy said...

The salad looks so yummy and colorful... definitely have to try this. The salad dressings looks delish, would love to enter this fun giveaway.Thanks for stopping by. Your newest follower~Poppy

black eyed susans kitchen said...

We have been having a lot of meals like this...only from the backyard garden. Tonight it was a kale dish. Your salad is one of those dishes that we could eat several times a week!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Your tomato and bread salad look so wonderful. I love panzanella! Am also doing a giveaway next week. I also received such a package and loved it -- love their dressings. Don't include me in the giveaway, just stopped to say hi. Joni

The Tablescaper said...

This looks wonderful. Great giveaway.

- The Tablescaper

zeitersouth said...

I follow! I love to try new foods too, just to spice up our weeknight dinners:)

Doreen Grace said...

The close up of your salad does look delicious! I'm always looking for a new healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing. :)

Amy said...

What a refreshing salad. Love your Roadside Stand Dinner creation. :) I gotta do that more often too. Simple and healthful, what's not to like. I'm your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. Take care and have a wonderful week.

very merry vintage style said...

Your dish looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday... hope you'll be back this week.

The Mom Chef said...

First off, thanks for visiting me. That was very sweet of you! Second, congratulations on being sent the salad dressings! I received a set of Girard's some while ago and fell in love with them. I think the Peach Mimosa was my favorite. Since I've had the joy already, please don't enter me in the contest, ok?

Finally, I got a chuckle at your corn pie comment. My husband's family is Pennsylvania Dutch country and as a result I've been introduced to many strange foods; meat pies, Lebanon bologna and that gross breakfast meat (I want to say spackle, but I know that's not it). :)

Terrie said...

Salad is healthy, yummy, colorful and cheerful having it. I just love sorts of it.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh your salad looks fabulous. We have been eating a lot of salads this summer also. Just too hot to cook and all the veggies are so good this time of year. I will definitely try your recipe. It sounds wonderful. Thanks also for stopping by and yes, by all means get to Kohl's. Their sales are unreal. Also please enter me in your wonderful giveaway. I am already a follower. Hugs, Marty

The Fajdich Times said...

Your salad looks wonderful. I do like the dressings. I am a follower and would love to win:)

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

I must try this salad. Tomatoes are my favorite part of summer.

I am already your follower!

Deborah AKA Miss Bee