Tuesday

Healthy Summer Harvest Salad plus a GIVE AWAY!



I am so happy to share this delicious recipe for a salad that I devised on the spur of the moment a couple of years ago from ingredients on hand.
It is particularly suitable for end of summer because it uses some seasonal ingredients; tiny tomatoes, corn, avocados, basil plus arugula or baby spinach and fresh mozzarella.




Although I usually serve this salad with a homemade red wine & herb vinaigrette, I have found a shortcut which is really welcome on a hot summer day or any day when time you are pressed for time.




This time for the dressing, I substituted Nakano Seasoned vinegar instead of the Herb Vinaigrette I normally use. I tried Nakano Italian Herb Vinegar for this recipe. We liked it very much.

In all there are 7 flavored vinegars in this line of products which can be used in an endless number of ways. All are low calorie, all natural, they are fat and gluten free, with no preservatives and contain 50% less sodium than similar vinegars on the market.



We found the vinegar to be very well flavored, nicely balanced~~ not overly sharp or strong. And I can say that in all honesty as there is a person in my family who is VERY sensitive to the acidity in vinegar, this vinegar didn't evoke the usual facial wince that usually comes with anything acidic.

Just a note to those avoiding excess fat/oil in their diet--- I skipped the oil
altogether and just sprinkled the Nakano seasoned vinegar right over the salad, it's mild yet flavorful enough to stand on it's own.



I would love to offer my followers a gift to try the seasoned vinegars--- so in conjunction with Once Upon a Plate, Nakano is generously sponsoring a GIVE AWAY.

The winner of this drawing will receive:

  • A full size bottle of Nakano Seasoned Vinegar


  • A $ 25.00 American Express Gift Card

plus

  • A Nakano recipe coupon/recipe booklet with ideas of how to use the vinegar


Rules for entry:
1.) You must be a follower of Once Upon a Plate (see side bar).
And do at least ONE of the following:

A. Sign up for the NAKANO SPLASH Recipe Club to receive a free monthly e-newletter featuring great recipes and tip.
B. Visit the NAKANO website then come back and comment on your favorite Splash tip.
C. Post a link in comments here on my blog as to your favorite NAKANO recipe from their site.
D. Sorry, this time the contest is limited to the continental U.S. only.



BONUS:
Double your chances ~

Sign up to be a follower of Once Upon a Plate on FACEBOOK ( see side bar)
And mention in your comment here that you have joined OUaP on Facebook.

Entries will be accepted until Saturday, September 18th at 9PM Pacific time.

Winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on September 19th.
The prizes will be sent to our winner by the folks at Nakano.

If you would like a printable copy of my Healthy Late-Summer Harvest salad recipe visit
"Once Upon a Plate Recipes" ~ click
HERE.

Full disclosure ~ The folks at Nakano supplied me with a full size bottle of the Italian Herb Seasoned Vinegar and a generous gift card for giving an honest evaluation of their product and agreeing to host this giveaway.





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38 comments:

  1. Awesome giveaway! I would love to try this!!!

    I signed up for the monthly newsletter!

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  2. Looks like a delicious and refreshing salad idea, particularly on a warm summers day. I only wish we had more of those days this summer in San Diego! I enjoy your blog...

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  3. I want to try those garlic mushrooms. Yum!

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  4. Yum...I've never used avocado in my salads with tomato and mozzarella, but it is a favorite and so is arugula. This would be a favorite for me. I often use a splash of high end balsamic and nothing else for dressing. I would love a chance to try this new to me product. I signed up for their email.

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  5. The salad looks so good and i will have to look for that vinegar.

    Carolyn

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  6. Wonderful giveaway Mary...but I want that salad...and I want it now!

    I have not tried the red rice vinegar...i will buy some tomorrow...
    L~xo

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  7. I signed up for the recipe club....thanks Mary!
    xo

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  8. I was good and signed up for my newsletter and I am already your friend : -) I like the idea of herbs in vinegar. So many things you can do !!! Clarice

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  9. I'm a follower and I sign up for the NAKANO SPLASH Recipe Club

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  11. FB friend follower@tcarolinep JEssieKatie S

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  12. I thought I was a follower, but guess I wasn't, so I am now. I also sent you an FB friend request and signed up for the newsletter. While perusing the website I spotted some Jalapeno Pepper Jelly that sounds great! I usually make this myself, but since I'm out it would be so much faster just to buy it. ;-)

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  13. I am one of your followers on GFC, and one of my favorite recipes is the Asian Chicken Nuggets: http://mizkan.com/Recipes/?action=view&recipeID=26925817447

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  14. Oops! I also joined the recipe club.

    Irma :)

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  15. I like the tip about adding the basil oregano vinegar to creamy sauces....I also friended you on facebook! :) thanks!

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  16. I follow via email via feedburner.
    Signed up for their Splash Club newsletter.
    Great giveaway, thanks.

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  17. Your salad looks delicious!
    I sent a friend invite through FB.

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  18. I cannot say that these are my favorite recipes because I haven't tried them out yet, but they look tasty!

    Asian Meatball Soup
    http://mizkan.com/Recipes/?action=view&recipeID=369258128447

    Buffalo Shrimp
    http://mizkan.com/Recipes/?action=view&recipeID=22581475003

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  19. HI MARI....WONDERFUL LOOKING SALAD AS USUAL...I HAVE NEVER TIRED AVOCADO BUT YOUR PICTURES MAKE IT LOOK SO GOOD...I ALSO LOVE TO FIND OUT ABOUT NEW SALAD DRESSINGS...I HAVE YET TO FIND ONE THAT THE HUSBAND LIKES...
    I'M OFCOURSE A LONG TIME FOLLOWER...SUE@RUE-MOUFFETARD

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  20. HI MARI....WONDERFUL LOOKING SALAD AS USUAL...I HAVE NEVER TIRED AVOCADO BUT YOUR PICTURES MAKE IT LOOK SO GOOD...I ALSO LOVE TO FIND OUT ABOUT NEW SALAD DRESSINGS...I HAVE YET TO FIND ONE THAT THE HUSBAND LIKES...
    I'M OFCOURSE A LONG TIME FOLLOWER...SUE@RUE-MOUFFETARD

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  21. i just signed up for the newsletter!

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  22. i just signed up for the newsletter!

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  23. And...I just sent a Facebook request to become a follower!!

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  24. I just signed up for the newsletter. I would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity.

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  25. I just sent a request for facebook.

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  26. OOooooo... Gambas al Ajillo recipe would be my pick!I love Spanish tapas style garlic shrimp and I am gonna try this!!

    Hope I win!

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  27. I just sent request for Facebook...

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  28. My favorite recipe is the Nakano Original Seasoned Rice Vinegar with avocado. Sounds so yummy. I also, signed up for the newsletter. I'm already a follower.

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  29. I'm a follower and this recipe (Asian Crunch Salad) looks like my favorite:

    http://mizkan.com/Recipes/?action=view&recipeID=381470327669

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  30. I love the idea of mixing it with creamy sauces! Adding brightness and complexity sounds tasty to me!

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  31. fabulous looking salad! I can't wait to try the vinnigar. Thanks for your terrific recipes.

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  32. PS I signed up for the newsletter. I also just printed the Not Quite Brandade Cakes recipe. It looks absolutely delicious.

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  33. Hi, I just discovered your blog and it looks awesome! Here's my favorite Mizkan recipe, which I will try for sure! Well, I'll make it vegetarian though...

    http://mizkan.com/Recipes/?action=view&recipeID=325814731003

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  34. Follow your blog via GFC and I signed up to receive the NAKANO SPLASH Recipe Club newsletter.
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I'm a follower and have also signed up for the Nakano recipe club. Thanks for the great link!

    g37director(at)gmail(dot)com

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