Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sophia's Gourmet Foods Review and Giveaway

Summertime is almost upon us, OK I know Spring just started but warmer weather will be here soon.  With the warmer weather comes grilling, parties out in the backyard and fresh pasta salads and crisp green salad.  I don't know about you, but I love trying new and different sauces, marinades, and dressings.  I never like to stick to one kind of anything, when something new hits the market, I am one of the first among my friends and family to try it.  I was so excited recently to try something delicious different, unique and just plain good.  There is a great site called Sophia's Gourmet Foods and Sophia's specializes in Greek Island dressings, marinades and sauces to compliment a Mediterranean diet, or just to compliment whatever foods you would like to jazz up and make your own.  Sophia's dressings are ALL Natural, and made with 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  They also contain no cholesterol, are gluten-free, low sodium, and calories and absolutely rich in flavor.  I was so lucky to be sent of of each tantilizing flavor of Sophia's dressings for review:
*Sophia's Greek Island Dressing-Original Recipe
*Sophia's Greek Island Dressing with Feta Cheese
*Sophia's Greek Island Dressing with Feta Cheese and Calamata Olives
*Sophia's Greek Island Dressing with Pomegranate
*Sophia's Greek Island Dressing with Blueberry
*Sophia's Greek Island Dressing-Oil Free with Cilantro and Lime

I love the variety of flavors that Sophia's Gourmet Foods has to offer.  They take flavors that you wouldn't think of together and put them in their unique and extremely flavorful products for you to be able to create your own salads, entrees and so much more.  I have to admit, I have never tried much of any kind of Greek or Mediterranean Food.  I once tried a really great Greek salad with olives, feta cheese and a great yogurt dressing, but that is as far as I've gone.  These dressings is absolutely delicious!  We used the Original as a marinade for some chicken that we were baking up in the oven.  This has amazing flavor with fresh olive oil and lemon juice used in the making of this dressing.  The flavor is absolutely amazing, I can't say it enough.  I would love to try this dressing for my own version of a Greek Pasta Salad this summer, I can guaranteee it will be a big hit!  I tried the Blueberry flavor on a fresh tossed green salad with lettuce, cucumbers, blue cheese, croutons and carrots and it was really good.  The balance of Blueberry flavor mixed with the Blue Cheese made for a really unique and one of a kind combination.  The Cilantro and Lime dressing was used as a marinade on some steaks we were grilling and wow what a tasty treat that was!  I love Cilantro, it is one of those versatile spices that can be used in just about anything to enhance flavor.  Mix that with delicious and refreshing lime flavor and you've got yourself an awesome dressing or marinade.  The Pomegranate, Feta Cheese, and Feta Cheese and Calamata Olives which by the way was my fave of all the flavors were all great additions to crisp green salads.  The olive oil and combination of all the flavors provided a nice balance.  I am absolutely in love with Sophia's Greek Island Dressings and can't wait to eat more!

Sophia's Greek Island Salad Dressing are:
*Gluten Free
*All Natural
*Low Sodium
*Low Calorie
*No Cholseterol
*Made With Love

Sophia's has some really great recipes on their site for you to try.  This is definitely NOT just for salads, although it does make a salad stand out on it's own and provided a yummy experience for the senses.  Here are a couple of recipes from the site:

Serves 4-6

2 Green Bell Peppers
2 Red Bell Peppers
2 Yellow Bell Peppers
Sophia's Original Greek Island Dressing with Feta Cheese and Calamata Olives

Preheat broiler.  Broil the bell peppers, while turning them frequently until the skins are charred all over.  Rinse the bell peppers under cold water while removing the stem, core, and seeds and slice them into thin strips.  Place them into a serving dish, pour the dressing over them and chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.  Serve at room temperature.

Serves 4

4 tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cucumber sliced
2 tsps. fresh herbs such as oregano, parsley, or basil
7 oz of authentic Greek Feta Cheese
12 Calamata Olives
1 small red onion sliced very thin
Sophia's Original Greek Island Dressing
Cut the Feta into cubes 1 inch square.  Put the cucumbers, onions and tomatoes into a salad bowl.  Pour Sophia's Original Greek Island Dressing to taste.  Scatter the feta and olives and toss.  Garnish with herbs.

To check out more great recipes that you can make using Sophia's Greek Island Dressings, please head over HERE.
The closest place that I can find Sophia's Dressings in my area is at Cost Plus in Shelby, but good for you and I, we can order them online too HERE.  You must try these to appreciate the work and quality that goes into each bottle of these fantastic dressing and marinade.

The generous folks at Sophia's Gourmet Foods would love to give one lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a 6 pack of their delicious Greek Island Dressings (one of each flavor) (approx value $30)

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Giveaway will end Sunday 4/11 at 7pm EST.  Winner will be chosen via and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Open to US residents ONLY!  Special thanks to Vanessa and everyone at Sophia's for sponsoring this giveaway.  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a 6 pack of dressings provided to me by Sophia's Gourmet Foods in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.


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