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Girard’s Premium Dressings Review & Giveaway!

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A company of 


has paired with Epicurious and asked me if I’d be interested in teaming up to feature some of their NEW salad dressings on the blog!  They sent me a few to try including Apple Poppyseed, Creamy Light Balsamic, Champagne, and Peach Mimosa!  Talk about flavors of SUMMER.  Thanks so much, Girard’s! 


Girard’s is a premium quality line of dressings that was created in San Francisco by Chef Pierre Girard in 1939. Chef Girard started with a recipe for Original French dressing, and gradually added varieties. Girard’s dressings gained prominence for their premium quality and distinctive triangular bottle. Look for Girard’s in the specialty dressing section of your supermarket.

Each of the flavors had a light and delightful appealAs the description says, each came in a cute, triangular, gourmet-looking glass bottle with a gold-foiled twist-off cap. 

I’d have to say that the Light Balsamic was easily the best nutritionally speaking in comparison to the others. 


The other dressings, Apple Poppyseed 


Peach Mimosa, 


and Champagne, had stats that were a little less than impressive, but in the taste department?  They were SPOT on. 


Obviously, having REGULAR salad dressing every now and then is not going to do any damage to the diet, especially since you don’t need a lot of it for a HUGE flavor punch! 

My recommendations?   

Light Balsamic- This stuff is a guilt-free version of the classic, creamy indulgence.  Make your own caprese salad with fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh sliced farmer’s market tomatoes with a little basil.  TRUST me.  You’ll love it! 

Champagne- This particular Girard’s wonder is subtly sweet combining white wine vinegar and a blend of spices that pair perfectly with sliced beet & goat cheese salads! 

Apple Poppyseed-  The apple juice concentrate and molasses really shine through in this sweet, fruity dressing.  A hint of onion off-sets the sweetness to prevent it from becoming overwhelming on the palate.  This is amazing drizzled on shredded cabbage and carrots (coleslaw mix) with chunks of chicken breast and mandarin oranges!  The tiny poppyseeds that were detectable gave the salad a nice crunchy texture.

Peach Mimosa- Vinaigrette’s always seem to hit the spot for me.  It’s like they do the best job of playing up the natural vegetable flavors in the salad.  This version was no exception!  The peach juice concentrate and distilled vinegar combined create a terrific duo that tastes delicious on neutral vegetables like cucumber and green pepper in salads!

Girard’s Premium Dressings come in a HUGE variety of other flavors too!  Check out the FAM 🙂

***Girard’s has offered to give away a prize package of Girard’s Premium Dressings to TWO lucky Freckled Foodie Readers!

To enter, simply:

  1. Become a Fan of Girard’s on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.
  2. Visit their site and leave a comment telling me which dressing looks the tastiest to you!
  3. Link back to this contest on your blog or add me to your blogroll and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so!
  4. Contest will end on Monday, August 16, 2010!

Click here to get yourself a $2 off coupon to try one of the new Girard’s Premium dressings!  If you’re feeling less than creative in the kitchen, Girard’s can rescue you with ALL OF THESE fantastic recipes!


5 responses »

  1. the peach mimosa flavor sounds SO good and summery! it’s amazing how a dressing can totally makeover a salad

  2. I love this review! I love how you took the time to describe each flavor! I felt like I was reading a wine critics review or something (full-bodied, fruity etc). I also love how you’re always honest about your opinions! If you don’t like it, you definitely let us know! Yet you always do it with such respect and class- and find something positive to say about it nevertheless. You are a rare one my friend! I’d like to try the Light Balsamic.
    Also- am I not cool enough to be on your blog roll?? 😦
    Love, Barbara

    • Thanks darling! 🙂 You’re so sweet! I can’t believe I didn’t have you on the blog roll! I visit ALLL the time and thought I had you on there! That’s going to change RIGHT NOW. In fact, check it after you read this email 😉 I’ll bet you’re there!!! Hehe. Hope you had a fabulous weekend!!

  3. friggn drool. i think i’d melt like buttaz for the peach mimosa. but only if i can get drunk while veggin out hahaha

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