Girard’s Giveaway to Dress Up Your Salads

Newly revamped salad dressings from Girard's.

Sometimes we’re in such a rush to put food on the table that we can’t even be bothered with making our own salad dressing.

For times like that, reach for a bottle of tasty, already prepared dressing that’s seasoned with a bit of history, too.

Girard’s Salad Dressings got their start at Girard’s French Restaurant in 1935, located on the third floor of the landmark John’s Grill in downtown San Francisco. There, the Girard family first made their French dressing, which ended up being marketed and eventually sold to a large conglomerate.

Nowadays, Girard dressings come in 17 flavors, four of which have just been rejiggered to contain less sodium.

They are: Light Champagne, Olde Venice Italian, White Balsamic and Greek Feta Vinaigrette

Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win samples of each of the four newly revamped Girard’s salad dressings. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight Oct. 1. Winner will be announced Oct. 3.

How to win?

Tell me what you don’t feel dressed without. And ahem, keep those responses PG, if you know what I mean. Best answer wins.

Here’s my own answer to that question:

“It’s a tie between my wedding ring and lip gloss. I know, talk about disparate things. But I feel naked without my ring, which I never take off except for the rare manicure I treat myself to. And my lips just feel dry, uncomfortable and definitely non-glam without a slick of gloss.”

My photo turned into a canvas.

Winner of the Previous Contest: In last week’s Food Gal Contest, I asked you tell me what photo you would choose to transform into an art canvas for your wall. The winner gets a free 8-by-10-inch canvas, of course, from EasyCanvasPrints.

Congrats to:

StaceyJung, who wrote, “I have yet to find or take this picture, but I would choose an image of a french baguette or croissant. If I could, I would go back to the small town of Montpellier in the south of France where my sister did her junior year abroad. It was there that I had the best baguette of my life. My family stumbled upon the store by accident – my sister and mother were off shopping, so my dad and I were left standing on the winding cobbled road. We caught the sight of multiple people carrying baguettes, still faintly steaming with freshness, and so, with curiosity and a hungry stomach, we searched for the origin of these baguettes. Only a few more feet down the road, we found it. And it was beautiful. It was the only French I spoke that entire: “Je voudrais une baguette s’il vous plait.” Sharing it with my dad, we all but melted with happiness; the baguette was so warm with a thin crunchy outer shell and soft, buttery and unbelievably fluffy inside. It was the best piece of bread I have ever eaten. And I long for the day when I can find another baguette that can match it.”

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11 comments

  1. 1

    I feel naked without my water bottle. Either there is no fountain or free water and I don’t want to be left with paying 3.00 dollars for a bottle of water or there is no way to get water at all when I am out an about so I fill up everywhere I go and before I leave.

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    I feel naked without my iPhone. I know, I’m such a slave to technology but I just can’t help it! I’m really bad with directions and my Google map helps me find my way around. I also don’t function well without music and that’s when I need iHeart radio!

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    I agree about the wedding ring set. I feel like it took me a solid year to get used to wearing them and now I feel strange when I’m not! I also feel totally naked and out of whack if I don’t have earrings on!

  4. 4

    Earrings. I just know it causes women to weep, men to look away in horror and children to run away in fear. hahahahahahaha

  5. 5

    My sexy red toenail polish. I have pretty feet so I pamper them regularly. Pedicures are my one consistent splurge. I certainly would never put on sandals without polished nails!

  6. 6

    i love girards dressings. my sister introduced me to the champagne dressing in the 1960′s when i was just 7.

    i feel undressed without lip balm. i never leave the house without it. i carry one with me at all times. and i keep one near every space that i spend time in.

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    I don’t feel dressed until i have mascara and my wedding ring. My wedding ring doesn’t fit, and hasn’t fit since month 5 of pregnancy, so I’m excited to lose 20lbs and finally feel dressed again =). The mascara…I’m a redhead, i need mascara, or i look like i should still be in bed. There you have it. Also, i love balsamic dressing. I’ve made up a few dressings. My favorite…Balsamic, olive oil. coconut oil, mustard, garlic powder, and basil. Absolutely amazing on anything from chicken to apple salad. Glad i found your blog look forward to more posts. – Krystal

  8. 8

    Oh! I think it would be my iphone…isn’t sad? I am so dependable on gadget…even my husband tells me that I will feel totally lost without my phone.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week Carolyn :-)

  9. 9

    I feel “naked” without a name tag. It’s so strange but I am a student, and my identification card was the “key” to a lot of doors. Now I live off-campus, but my grocery member cards, my keys are still hanging around my neck all the time.

  10. 10

    haha some of these answers might be kind of interesting! ;) I’m not entering because I’m overseas but I can’t go out without shoes :)

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