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

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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 http://wp.me/p1dFEk-3jd and then come back and let me know you did with a link to it!

rules:

  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 random.org.
  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!

 

 

CONTEST HAS ENDED – WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN AT RANDOM BY THE END OF THE DAY!

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

  1. 1

    Baking Serendipity — June 19, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    It is hot in Ohio too! I love grilling pizza in the summer months 🙂

  2. 2

    Sarah in Miami — June 19, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    homemade balsamic vinaigrette salad with roquette, apples, and pecans =)

  3. 3

    Theresa Mullen — June 19, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    I love to make very large salads filled with a ton of veggies. Love the Greek Salad recipe.

  4. 4

    Kellyg — June 19, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    Brats and pico de Gallo on the grill 🙂

  5. 5

    Theresa Mullen — June 19, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I am a Facebook fan of your page My Life As a Mrs and of LeCreuset.

  6. 6

    Theresa Mullen — June 19, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I posted on Twitter about the contest with the link you provided. I am so glad I found your blog and FB page.

  7. 7

    Gigi — June 19, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    I love caprese salads on a hot summer day!
    Don’t forget the olives!

  8. 8

    Anna Gross — June 19, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    cucumbers, red onion, grape tomatoes with italian dressing or balsamic vinegar and olive oil for the dressing.

  9. 9

    Anna Gross — June 19, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    I am already a fan of my life as a mrs and la creuset on facebook

  10. 10

    Gigi — June 19, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    I love your Facebook posts!

  11. 11

    Gigi — June 19, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    I follow Le Creuset on Facebook!

  12. 12

    Kristy F — June 19, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    My favorite oven less meal would be ice cream! Barring that, a cold pasta salad, provided the pasta was cooked first thing in the morning while not as hot out.

  13. 13

    Kristy F — June 19, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    Like you & le creuset on Facebook

  14. 14

    Marnely Rodriguez — June 19, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    Cous Cous! I love tossing it with any veggies and dressings!

  15. 15

    Jamie Phipps — June 19, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    I love a Tropical Kale Salad! Kale, fruit, and a little salt. Noms!

  16. 16

    Jamie Phipps — June 19, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  17. 17

    Jamie Phipps — June 19, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

    Tweet Tweet! https://twitter.com/HeartyHerbivore/status/215287707105116162

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    Victoria @ Toriology — June 19, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    Fan on FB! 🙂

  19. 19

    Victoria @ Toriology — June 19, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    Tweeted on Twitter!

    And what an awesome giveaway!! Thank you!

  20. 20

    Melissa — June 20, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    I’m a fan on FB.

  21. 21

    Melissa — June 20, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    Stuffed tomatoes (with tuna salad or chicken salad) or Heirloom tomato salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

  22. 22

    Jenny — June 20, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    Fan of Facebook!!

  23. 23

    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — June 20, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    I love grilling shrimp and throwing it onto a salad!

  24. 24

    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — June 20, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    I like you Le Creuset on Facebook!

  25. 25

    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — June 20, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  26. 26

    Margaret Hammar — June 20, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    Fan of you both!

  27. 27

    Nicolette — June 20, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    My go-to summer meal is a tuna salad. Canned tuna + roasted red bell peppers (canned) + marinated artichoke hearts = happiness.

  28. 28

    Tracey E. — June 20, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    Hey There! I’m a fan of your page and Le Creuset on Facebook. 🙂

  29. 29

    Dawn — June 20, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    When I can get really good tomatoes from the farmers market I love a caprese Salad.

  30. 30

    Dawn — June 20, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    I liked Le Creuset on Facebook!

  31. 31

    Dawn — June 20, 2012 @ 9:22 am

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

  32. 32

    Emily — June 20, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    My favorite ovenless meal to make in the summertime is chicken cacciatore in the pressure cooker.

  33. 33

    Barroness — June 20, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    shared on facebook…
    https://www.facebook.com/856085421

  34. 34

    Barroness — June 20, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Fan of both pages!

  35. 35

    Barroness — June 20, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Our fav meal in the summer is anything on the bbq 🙂 Served with chopped up fresh veggies…mmmm…

  36. 36

    Mrs. Incredible — June 20, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Already a fan of you and Le Creuset

  37. 37

    Mrs. Incredible — June 20, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Favorite no oven meal in the summer is a spinach salad with store-bought rotisserie chicken.

  38. 38

    Mrs. Incredible — June 20, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Shared on FB
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/hcarlen

  39. 39

    jessica w — June 20, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Lately we are all about grilled marinated chicken thighs with asparagus!

  40. 40

    jessica w — June 20, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    I like both My Life as a Mrs and Le Creuset on Facebook!

  41. 41

    jessica w — June 20, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    I tweeted too https://twitter.com/jrwarfield/status/215440653281275904

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    Evan Schrader — June 20, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Hi Tina! That salad looks phenominal!

    Looks like you have a lot of people looking to win – I thought I would join in on the fun!

    My favorite ovenless meal for the summer is a Seven Layer Salad -yum! The peas, cheddar sheese, peppers, lettuce, onions are all so fresh and flavorful! To die for. Now I just need one of your delicious salad dressing recipes to top it off.

    Love your blog Tina – its my FAVORITE!

  43. 43

    Michelle — June 20, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    A cold fresh salad with grilled chicken on top is always one of my favorites.

  44. 44

    Samantha — June 20, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Grilled portobello mushrooms on ciabatta bread with tomatoes, basil and feta!!

  45. 45

    Samantha — June 20, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    I follow you on FB!

  46. 46

    Samantha — June 20, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    And I follow you on Twitter!!

  47. 47

    Lena Matthwes — June 20, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Just discovered you…and I truly like your blog…I literally 5 minutes ago discovered you…I also “liked” you and Le Creuset, one of my favourite accessories in the Kitchen.

    One of my faves comes from childhood in the Caribbean and it is a fabulous blend of so many cultures…Portuguese, Spanish, Caribbean you name it. Salted Codfish (dried and reconstituted), tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olive oil and vinegar forms the base and is usually how I keep it, but you can add anything.
    Best Wishes.
    Love Lena

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    Lena Matthews — June 20, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Just discovered you…and I truly like your blog…I literally 5 minutes ago discovered you…I also “liked” you and Le Creuset, one of my favourite accessories in the Kitchen.

    One of my faves comes from childhood in the Caribbean and it is a fabulous blend of so many cultures…Portuguese, Spanish, Caribbean you name it. Salted Codfish (dried and reconstituted), tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olive oil and vinegar forms the base and is usually how I keep it, but you can add anything.
    Best Wishes.
    Love Lena

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    Julie {BananasForBourbon} — June 20, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    I love to make corn salad with tomatoes. Can’t beat it!

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    Julie {BananasForBourbon} — June 20, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway: https://twitter.com/bananas4bourbon/status/215503581393072129

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