7.26.2010

peach mimosa grilled chicken with arugula salad and a sweet giveaway

Have you ever tried Girard's Vinaigrettes and Dressings? My husband and I tried their signature Champagne Dressing several years ago and we really enjoyed it. Recently, I received a wonderful sample pack of Girard's. It contained their signature Champagne Dressing as well as three lovely new flavors: Peach Mimosa Vinaigrette, Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette and Apple Poppyseed Dressing. Girard's actually has over 16 delicious flavors to choose from.

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I was really excited to try the Peach Mimosa Vinaigrette!

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I picked up some peaches from farmers market on Saturday and thought they would be perfect for this dish. It was so simple to prepare and such a lovely and light meal for a warm summer evening.

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I marinated a few boneless skinless chicken breasts in a mix of Girard's Peach Mimosa Vinaigrette, chopped jalapeno pepper, sliced scallions and fresh cracked pepper. I recommend marinating your chicken for a few hours or even overnight.

The salad was simple. In a large bowl, toss together some fresh arugula, toasted almond slivers, blue cheese, Girard's Peach Mimosa Vinaigrette and fresh cracked pepper. Garnish with thinly sliced fresh peaches.

This was such a wonderful, far from ordinary, nearly extraordinary meal. We loved every bite!

Now, on to the giveaway. I figured since I've already tried the Champagne Dressing I should pass it on to one of you.

To enter, leave me a comment and tell me about your most favorite salad. Open to U.S. and Canadian readers only. I'll keep this giveaway open until Sunday night. Then I'll draw a random number using the number generator. Be sure and leave me an email address!!

Disclosure: I received only a sample pack of these products. I received no compensation for this post.

Have a wonderful week!

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43 comments:

ter@waaoms said...

It looks good! One of my favorite salads is a mandarin orange salad. I bet peach would be great too! My email is listed in my profile.

Joc(e) said...

Greek salads are divine...but my most recent favorite is a Caprese salad...so light and delicious! My e-mail is scoaster90 at gmail dot com.

Kate said...

Wow! Like minds. Peach and chicken go well together...and with arugula, out of this world!!

katklaw777 said...

Looks delightful...my fave salad is an old fashion one, my mom always made it for us. Spinach & lettuce, red onion, bacon and hard boiled eggs with a hot sweet and sour bacon dressing. The hot dressing would wilt the salad a little. I'd pick out the onions(when I was little). lol Thanks for the giveaway.

Joanne said...

I've seen these dressings everywhere and I love what you did with this one. It pairs so perfectly with the grilled chicken and arugula!

TKW said...

I'm sure you know this, but you had me at mimosa. Looks delightful!

Taylor said...

I just had a Thai Peanut Chicken Salad yesterday that really topped my list...salad greens with rice noodles, peanuts, snow peas, tofu, and chicken in a yummy soy peanut dressing!

bellini valli said...

Love the citrusy notes the dressing provided.

Stella said...

Hey Kim, my favorite salad is a salad that is eaten in Spain and places like Algeria and Morocco. A plate is layered on the bottom with boiled potatoes and this is topped with a very vinegary salad of mixed organic greens, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, olives, and boiled eggs. Sometimes tuna is in it too! It's so good!
Oh, and I love the sounds of your summery salad. I can see arugula and peach being very yum (smile)...

steph said...

I will have to look for those dressings next time I am at the grocery store. Great flavors.

Screen Door Prep said...

Thank you, I needed something to make me crave a salad. Ha! ;)

My favorite salad is probably an apple bacon walnut salad...w/ crumbled blue cheese & freshly ground black pepper!

Allyson said...

I DO know Gerard's Champagne dressing and love it, although I can't find it at the Commissary. But a quick trip to Kroger changes that. It's been awhile since I've picked up Gerard's though and didn't realize they had added flavors. Y'know living in Georgia is perfect for something with peaches! This sounds delish and peaches are so easy to come by right now. Thanks for posting. I would have never come up with this on my own!

Kris said...

Those dressings look so good! I need to find them!!

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Megan said...

That looks like a lovely summer meal!

Let's see... I recently made a salad with fresh corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and arugula. I drizzled it with some sherry vinegar or champagne vinegar (now I forget) and EVOO.

Wendy said...

I love a steak salad with blue cheese, onion, cucumber, and and a sweet vinaigrette! The Peach Mimosa dressing sounds delicious.

Pam said...

I love Girard's but have never tried the champagne. Your peach dish looks delicious! I make a salad with spinach, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, pecans and dried cherries that we really like.

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I love the idea of this fresh sweet & savory salad. Sliced peaches with blue cheese is so tempting right now. The dressings sound yummy.

Randi Troxell said...

oh yum!
may i come live with you.. please!!
lol!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

They sound delicious!

pigpigscorner said...

They all sound really good actually! Great use of the peach mimosa dressing! Love pairing meat with fruits.

kallay said...

Oh yum-delicious!! We have a salad dressing called La Cantina from a restaurant here. It's amazing. You just mix the vinegar base (which is how they sell it) with any kind of oil, we use olive oil. I love it with mixed greens, feta cheese, d'anjou pears, chopped walnuts and baby Roma tomatoes. This salad is fantastic with perfectly cooked steak. My mouth is officially watering.

debbie said...

I'd love to win the vinegar. My favorite salads have fruit in them, ie. mandarin orange, strawberries, watermelon etc.

Faith said...

I won't participate in the giveaway since I received some of this dressing to try also, but I just wanted to say that your grilled chicken looks amazing!

Xiao Yen Recipes said...

I don't think I've seen this brand before. Love the bottle design. I love all types of vinaigrette dressings. Will keep an eye for this brand on my next shopping trip.

Kim said...

The peach mimosa dressing sounds SO WONDERFUL and this gorgeous meal looks outstanding! Peaches are a real favorite of mine and these meal looks so pleasing.

I think one of my favorite salads is an arugula salad with sliced peaches, mozzarella and crispy prosciutto. It's a Tyler Florence recipe I tried awhile back.

Claudia said...

I love Girards's - the favorite being the champagne (so good over skinny string beans) and the second being the feta vinaigrette - which is a mainstay in the home when I make Greek salads (a lot!).

Cinnamon Girl said...

So summery and so delicious! I love the sound of peaches with chicken. A lovely flavor combo! My favorite salad is Caesar!

Maddy said...

I'll have to try one of these! It's too early for my mouth to be watering and craving your chicken salad....yum!

Debbie said...

Homegrown lettuce, preferably something tender like young black seeded simpson, with feta, homegrown tomatoes, strawberries, toasted pecans, and homemade vinaigrette! Yum!!

Angie's Recipes said...

The salad looks so GOOD! Peach and arugula...mmm...I love the combination!

Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle said...

I usually make my own dressing BUT this is one brand that I enjoy and your salad using it looks fabulous...now, where are those peaches? Wanting one now!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow what a lovely summer salad

Summers In Love said...

That sounds absolutely divine! Chicken is my comfort food, and with peach, it sounds so nice!

Cheers,

My Sassy Chef

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Suzi said...

MMMmmmmm......sounds yummy! My favorite salad is a cheater salad. It's a salad pack from the local grocery or Costco called Parisian. It has cranberries and walnuts in it. Very tasty!

Olive said...

the salad dressings sound wonderful, and the grilled chicken and salad look so light and yummy!

Michelle said...

YUMMY! I love anything Peach and can't wait for the Michigan Peaches this year! I am going to can my butt off too!

Can't say that I've seen this brand of dressing before but I'm sure to be looking for it!

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

mimosas are the nectar of the gods.... I absolutely love them!!!!

Natalie said...

what a beautiful salad--can you come make me this for dinner? :)

my favorite salad lately is, hands down, a greek salad!

Kristin said...

Peach Mimosa dressing??? OMG...where has this been all my life?

Rhiannon Nicole said...

This sounds quite tasty my friend! I have never tried peaches in my salad though! I am a huge believer in Thai salads with salmon and nuts. Weird huh? But so tasty! xo

~Sarah~ said...

That looks delicious! One of my favorite salads ever had a really subtle raspberry vinaigrette, feta cheese, olives, sesame seeds, and dried cranberries. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water!

Taylor said...

I got it in the mail today! Yay! Thank you so much for such a great giveaway...I can't wait to try it out :)

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