Monday, June 18, 2012

Purple Cafe Greek Salad and a Wine Bottle Opener GIVEAWAY!

Ya’ll… I apologize for being super sporatic in posting. Seattle really took it out of me! Traveling across 3 time zones and back in 4 days will do that to ya! 😉 I got back home and pretty much CRASHED from exhaustion!

Anyhow, to show you all how sorry I am for being MIA I’m going to give you a killer recipe… AND have a GIVEAWAY!!!  I know I know… I’ve NEVER done one before, so this is a monumental moment in the History of My Life as a Mrs! 😉 We’ll get to the giveaway after I tell all about this amazing (and EASY!!!!) Salad!

Right before I left to hop on my airplane home… I had one last meal with Jessica {The Novice Chef} at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar: a Greek Salad and a glass of Riesling to calm my nerves (I have a fear of flying… but that’s another story for another time hah).

The salad was IN.CRED.IBLE. Super simple but everything just WORKED. I knew I could re-create it when I got home… so I did! (DUH!) It’s really just the draining of a few cans, chopping of some fresh vegetables, and BAM! you have a salad that will knock your husband (or significant other’s) socks off!

For. Real.

And the dressing? You don’t even technically make a dressing… it’s just equal parts aged balsamic vinegar and some goold olive oil. Sometimes simple is best. 🙂

I don’t know what it’s like where you guys are, but it’s hot as blazes down here in South Florida. Summer. is. here. We’ve been cranking down the AC just to get soem relief from the sticky humid heat wave we’ve got going on outside. It’s SCHWEATY business up in here. Bleh.

I’m trying to limit the amount I use my oven, because let’s face it, that little sucker just heats the daggum house up! We’ve been grilling away and making some scrumptious salads like this one! Pop open a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself the perfect summertime dish! ENJOY!

Speaking of Wine: To read about the Wine Bottle Opener GIVEAWAY, Scroll down past the recipe! 😉

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Purple Cafe Greek Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20-25 minutes

Total Time: 20-25 minutes


1 1/2 hothouse cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise and chopped
15.5 oz can chickpeas. drained and rinsed
6 ounce jar pitted kalamata olives, drained and halved lengthwise
12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
12 ounce jar marinated artichokes, drained
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
4-6 ounces crumbled feta

3-4 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar (a little sweeter than the traditional kind)
3-4 tablespoons good olive oil
1 teasppon dried oregano (more or less to taste)


Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Sprinkle with dried oregano and toss with equal parts aged balsamic vinegar and equal parts olive oil. Serve as a side dish or add some grilled chicken to make it a hearty main course!

Inspired by Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, Seattle Washington


 -This Giveaway has already ended-

Le Creuset Advanced Lever Wine Bottle Opener {GIVEAWAY}:



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three ways to enter:

  1. What is your favorite oven-less meal to make in the summertime? (leave a comment with your answer)
  2. Become a fan of both My Life as a Mrs and Le Creuset on Facebook! Or let me know if you already are!
  3. Tweet or Facebook Enter to win a @LeCreuset Advanced Lever Wine Bottle Opener (Valued at $170 USD) from @mylifeasamrs and then come back and let me know you did with a link to it!


  1. This Giveaway closes on Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at midnight EST.
  2. There will only be {1} one winner of {1} Le Creuset Advanced Lever Wine Bottle Opener and Foil Cutter.
  3. Winner will be chosen using
  4. Leave a separate comment on this post for EACH entry to make all of your entries count (MAXIMUM of 3 entries).
  5. I will contact the prize winner by email and the prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.
  6. See Official Rules

Disclosure: I won this amazing Le Creuset Advanced Lever Wine Bottle Opener and Foil Cutter in Seattle and loved it so much that I’m giving one away! Le Creuset did not compensate me for writing this post. These opinions are 100% my own!




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174 Responses to “Purple Cafe Greek Salad and a Wine Bottle Opener GIVEAWAY!”

  1. 1

    Jen — June 18, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    I love to make chicken salad on croissants, or grilled veggies!

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    Jen — June 18, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Follow both you and Le Creuset on fb!

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    Lily Sheng — June 18, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    My favorite oven-less meal to make in the summertime is an Asian salad which dressing calls for plum powder, what a concept eh?

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    Lily Sheng — June 18, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    I’m fan of My Life as a Mrs on Facebook!

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    Lily Sheng — June 18, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    I’m a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook!

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    Lily Sheng — June 18, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway here:

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    Christa — June 18, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I have my husband make his amazing chicken salad sandwiches! 🙂

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    Veronica — June 18, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    does an icebox cake count as a oven-less meal??? 🙂

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    Veronica — June 18, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    i like you both on fbook!

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    Jessica — June 18, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Love that you recreated the salad, you are so good at that!

    P.S. Can we please go back and have another glass of wine and lots of salads/cheeses? …like tomorrow? 🙂

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    lindsay — June 18, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    i make a giant salad (with more toppings than lettuce) or i’ll roast some broccoli and chicken sausage. perfect.

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    amy marantino — June 18, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    my favorite oven-less meal to make in the summertime is rice and beans

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    amy marantino — June 18, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    i tweeted –

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    amy marantino — June 18, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    I am a fan of both My Life as a Mrs and Le Creuset on Facebook

  15. 15

    Catie — June 18, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    Anything on the grill! Lately it has been pork tenderloin, zucchini, summer squash and onion!

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    Catie — June 18, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    I like both on Facebook.

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    Jane — June 18, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    What an awesome giveaway!

    My favorite no cook summer meal is fruit salad. Sweet and cool. I could eat nothing else for the rest of my life.

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    Jane — June 18, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Catie — June 18, 2012 @ 8:47 pm


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    Rachel — June 18, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    i love to steam mussels in white wine and TONS of garlic! so fresh and clean feeling, perfect for summer, cheap for my college student budget, and figure-friendly!

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    Jane — June 18, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    I like you on fb! Duh! And I like Le Creuset on fb!

  22. 22

    Heidi — June 18, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    My favorite oven less meal would have to be grilled chicken and potato salad 🙂

  23. 23

    Katie — June 18, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    I love to toss together a big dinner salad with whatever I picked up from the farmer’s market that week!

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    Gloria — June 18, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    I prepare Bang Bang Chicken instead of with shrimp! Although I don’t know if that counts as a meal! Anyway it has the perfect heat to eat it with a very cold beer!!!!

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    Holly — June 19, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    My mom makes an amazing macaroni salad that has now become the only thing my best friend asks for on her birthday/christmas/every time she sees my mom 🙂

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    Samantha C — June 19, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Right now I’m loving me some bruschetta with homegrown tomatoes! I’ve also been known to call a big bowl of watermelon and pineapple dinner 🙂

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    Julia — June 19, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    STEAMED CRABS! straight from the Chesapeake 😀

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    Gina M Maddox — June 19, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I love making cous cous salad, subbing cous cous for pasta and using a recipe for italian pasta salad. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Gina M Maddox — June 19, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I like you both on FB — Crave to Save
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Gina M Maddox — June 19, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Miranda McDaniel — June 19, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I liked both Le Creuset and you on Facebook.

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    Nadine — June 19, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Smoothies!!! PB and Banana is my favorite 😉

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    Rebecca — June 19, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    My favorite oven-less meal in the summer is hamburgers on the grill with my mom’s dill potato salad… Nothing says summer like that potato salad, I can’t get enough!

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    Rebecca — June 19, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    I liked you & Le Creuset on Facebook!

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    Rebecca — June 19, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Tweeted about the giveaway –

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    Miranda — June 19, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I tweeted!

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    Miranda — June 19, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Favorite ovenless meal:
    7-layer dip: refried beans, onions, tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese, black olives, chiles (and I like to add fresh avocado and black beans!)

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    Miranda — June 19, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    I just liked you AND Le Creuset on facebook!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 19, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    I love making salads in the summer. They are easy to make and nice and light!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 19, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    I like you and Le Creuset on FB!

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    Danielle — June 19, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I love to make pizzas on the grill…my favorite is with prosciutto, arugula, and fontina cheese!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 19, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    This salad looks incredible! So much flavor in such simple ingredients. My favorite no oven recipe in the summer is grilled chicken. Marinate it in some vinaigrette, grill it and some veggies, done! No clean up either 🙂

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    Lauren — June 19, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Cool veggie pizza!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 19, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    Lovely recipe and giveaway, Tina! My favorite oven-less meal is grilled chicken with a Greek salad!

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    melissam — June 19, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    My favorite ovenless meal is my family’s recipe for shrimp cocktail. I’m talking about Mexican shrimp cocktail that you eat with Saltines or chips. Its cool, refreshing, satisfying and SPICY! 🙂

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    Christene Smith — June 19, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    My fav oven-less meal is definitely grilled mini burgers with curry mayo and caramelized onion with a grilled corn salad! om nom nom

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    Abby — June 19, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    Ok, so maybe not a “meal” persay, but I make smoothies and shakes nonstop in the summer. Frozen tastebuds, baby.

    But a real meal? My husband and I live off of turkey burgers and tacos.

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    Abby — June 19, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Fan on Facebook 🙂

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    Andrea — June 19, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    Favorite ovenless meal is often a quick PBJ. But really we love to grill when it is too hot inside and seems cooler outside. Otherwise a yum salad is on point!

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    Donna — June 19, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    Kebobs on the grill with a side of basmati rice

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