It’s my Seventh Year Blogiversary and a Giveaway!

7th blogiversary Today is my 7th Blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I published my first post way back on August 15, 2007. Time sure flies when you’re having fun and I have to admit, I’m still having fun so I’m going to stick around for a while!

I want to thank all my fellow bloggers for all their support as well as all my loyal readers and subscribers, I appreciate each and every one of your comments and personal emails.

Thank you for those who “like” Proud Italian Cook on Facebook, I’m very close to 11,000 which is mind blowing to me.  Thank you to all those who have “pinned” any of my recipes on Pinterest, many of them have been pinned over and over again, and speaking of Pinterest, I just found out the other day that Ivanka Trump pinned my grilled artichokes on her entertainment board, it always amazes me because you just never know who’s looking at your photos!

I recently got on Instagram  after my daughters urging and I’m so glad I did because I’m really loving it even though I’m still learning how to do hashtags and everything else, so please feel free to follow me if you want to see what I’m up to on a daily basis.

Thank you to my family and close friends for all your support and especially my husband Tony, my number one fan!

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

As a small token of my gratitude I’m giving away one E-Gift Card redeemable at Eataly.com (online only) The value is 75.00

If you’re not familiar with Eataly, I would describe it as a Mega Italian Super Store, a Sensory Overload of Italian Imported Products, A Foodie paradise. You’ll have so much fun shopping!

To enter this giveaway leave only one comment per person, anything you want to say to me about Proud Italian Cook, a recipe you’ve tried, what you’d like to see more of, whatever.

No anonymous comments will be accepted as I will need an email address to contact the winner. Comments will not be accepted after 11:59 pm central time, Monday August 18th, 2014. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday August 19th, 2014

If you are reading this via Facebook you must enter on this blog to win the giveaway, NOT Facebook.

Good luck!

 

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

grilled vegetable salad Here’s a fresh and healthy side dish to serve along anything you’re about to throw on your grill this weekend. It’s a combination of grilled veggies and a salad all in one! I actually recreated this from a salad I had at a restaurant recently.

grilling vegetables It couldn’t be easier to make, just grill up your favorite veggies, go for a variety of colors, the more color the better, it adds to a pretty presentation. I even used some mini eggplant I found called Indian eggplant, which I thought gave it a nice visual and something different.

grilled vegetables All the vegetables can be grilled ahead of time and set aside until you’re ready to plate everything together.

grilled vegetable salad Crisp romaine lettuce is dressed with a rich, slightly sweet aged balsamic vinaigrette. I also added sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and creamy avocado into the mix.

Feel free to crumble some creamy goat cheese or feta on top with a sprinkling of pine nuts for more bling!

grilled vegetable salad This is great for entertaining with ease and the presentation is gorgeous sitting on your platter!

Grilled Vegetable Salad

Ingredients

  • red, yellow and orange bell peppers
  • eggplant
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • asparagus
  • artichoke hearts, grilled or canned, drained of any liquid
  • sun dried tomatoes ( soft and tender)
  • sliced avocado
  • crumbled feta or goat cheese and pine nuts, (optional)
  • FOR BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
  • 1/4 cup of a good aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup, extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced finely
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare and slice all your veggies, place in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill them all ahead of time until tender with nice grill marks, set aside.
  2. Whisk all your balsamic vinaigrette ingredients together until well incorporated.
  3. Right before you're ready to eat place chopped romaine, sun dried tomatoes into a bowl and dress with the vinaigrette, place onto your platter.
  4. Take the same bowl, toss in all your grilled veggies and carefully drizzle balsamic vinaigrette all over them, not too much, a little goes a long way, taste to your liking.
  5. Carefully arrange the veggies on top of the lettuce mixture with slices of avocado all around the perimeter.
  6. Add cheese and nuts if so desired.
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And the Winner of My 6th Year Blogiversary Giveaway is…….

Gift basket First of all I just have to say THANK-YOU! I was so touched by all your sweet and heartfelt comments, I loved reading each and every one of them! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

The winner of my giveaway who is going to receive the beautiful Mediterranean- Santorini gift hamper by Manhattan Fruitier is…. DENISE BROSCH! Congratulations Denise, you’re going to absolutely love it!  I will be contacting you via email today.

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