Italian Salad with Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette and a Garden Giveaway

Red Wine Vinaigrette Italian salad ingredients are enhanced by this wonderful sweet red wine vinaigrette. Bob said it was the best salad he’s ever had. I’m crediting the compliment to my home grown red leaf lettuce and home made Mozzarella.

We’re finally starting to get some fresh produce here in Colorado, and some of that is even coming from the pots on my back patio. Usually these pots are filled with cascading petunias or bright impatiens, but this year I dedicated half of them to herbs, some of which I’ve never grown before.

lettuce in pot on patio

I planted one pot to heirloom red leaf lettuce. To my surprise, it’s “growing like a  weed.”  Even in the hot, dry, windy conditions we’ve had this season.

My first harvest of the lettuce was used in this Italian Salad. Whole Foods had some beautiful yellow heirloom tomatoes, and the rest of the ingredients were things I had on hand…green olives, shaved Parmesan, toasted pine nuts. and some home made Mozzarella cheese that my friend Heather gave me. I tossed it with the Red Wine Vinaigrette that I had sweetened with honey. We thought it was a great salad.

Italian Salad with Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette

I served it with some seared scallops that had been seasoned with Old Bay, with my favorite Pappas Brother’s Remoulade Sauce for dipping. which I’ve blogged about before. A simple fresh meal.

A couple months ago, I received a generous gift from Covenant Ranch Trucking. 

Best garden gloves

A pair of garden gloves, that I’ve been using like crazy. They’re perfect. Comfortable and not too bulky. Thin enough that you can feel what you’re grasping, and with the rubber on the inside of the hand, great for pulling weeds for a manicured garden. LOVE these gloves.

Lasagne Gardening and Heirloom Seeds

They also sent packages of heirloom seeds. I started those indoors early Spring and that’s where my beautiful lettuce came from, along with my pots of herbs. A book about Lasagna Gardening was included. Its theory just makes sense. Instead of digging in the dirt, build your own layers of “soil” using compost.

They also sent a set of these three things to give away to one of my readers.

I was very glad to learn about their company. Covenant Ranch Trucking delivers Azure Standard Products in the following states: Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. They are constantly expanding their delivery area, so to find out if there is a delivery area near you click here. Covenant Ranch Trucking is run by the Wood family from the Northeastern part of Kansas. You can read more about them here.

Azure Standard believes in healthy, organic, naturally grown foods. They believe in supporting local organic farmers, and giving us the opportunity to provide healthier foods on our tables. I’m very glad to learn about Azure Standard products, and glad to hear I can find them right here in Colorado.

To win your own heirloom seeds, garden gloves and a copy of Lasagne Gardening, just click on the Covenent Ranch delivery link and see if they deliver in your area. Leave a comment that you have done so. Contest ends July 29.

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Italian Salad with Sweet Red Wine Vinegar and Honey Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3½ T. lemon juice
  • 2½ T. honey
  • 2 t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Mix all well then put over Italian Salad: Torn greens, cubes of fresh Mozarella, toasted pine nuts, tomatoes, and green olives sliced in half. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Italian Salad with Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette with Seared Scallops…It’s What’s for Dinner.

From the Kitchen of Lea Ann Brown, Cooking On the Ranch

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  1. says

    I love red wine vinegar! I will definitely give this salad a try with those first few precious salad greens from the garden.

    I went and looked to see if there is a delivery drop near me, and, of course, there isn’t! The only problem with living in the middle of nowhere is that no one knows you’re here!

  2. says

    Lea Ann, Your lettuce looks beautiful! This is my first year growing lettuce and I have three different kinds also growing very fast and healthy to my surprise. Covenant ranch Does deliver to Longmont! I will check them out some more and would love that book. I started gardening this year with four raised beds I bought from the ace hardware. Also to my surprise most everything is growing as it should. I love red wine vinegar! I will be learning to make mozzarella this Thursday in Longmont. Can’t wait. Happy Summer;)

  3. says

    Gorgeous salad Lea Ann. At the beginning of the summer Whole Foods was selling pots of assorted lettuce and I have regretted not getting one ever since. This post makes me regret it even more. The dressing sounds wonderful.

  4. says

    I am a huge fan of red wine vinaigrettes – love how tangy they are. The salad looks lovely… can’t beat homegrown veggies!

  5. says

    I am so excited that you have lettuce in July! My lettuce crop is starting to bolt and rather than mourn, I am going to plant a container on my patio NOW. I’ve always thought it was sad that the lettuce bolts just as the tomatoes are getting ripe. Love this idea! Also, if Bob said this is the best salad he’s ever had, I am making this Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette! And finally – I did go to their website and they don’t come near Montana. :-/ But I’d love to win the giveaway.

  6. says

    I love fresh from the garden leaf lettuce and best salad he ever had is way impressive. A few plants can provide lots of lettuce. I believe I could eat the scallops and remoulade as well.

  7. says

    LeaAnn your salad looks delish! You mustalso have a green thumb! It has been so hot and dry this summer that everything I’ve planted looks worse for the wear. I usually had giant basil plants in NY by this time in summer, but the ones I planted here are puny, despite planting them in Miracle Grow soil and frequent watering. I think it may be the cool night temperature that is stunting them–but maybe that helped your lettuce grow so well?

    I will definitely look further into the Covenant Ranch Trucking service! It’s good to know they deliver to CO. Love the give away!

    • says

      Growing up on a farm, I better have a green thumb! It has been a little hot this season, but I think the wind has taken it’s toll. Good to hear from you Pat. We need to plan lunch.

  8. says

    Thanks for coming by foodyschmoody. I’m now following you via Google+. I love this salad idea. I, too, am growing that type of lettuce and have been running out of ideas so the timing of this post is perfect!

  9. says

    What a lovely salad! I’ve failed miserably at trying to grow lettuce here. Perhaps next season I’ll try a large container.

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