Summer Bounty Salad

 Summer Bounty Salad is a delicious way to enjoy your summer garden’s harvest. Grilled zucchini and squash are tossed with crisp romaine and Jazz apples for a delicious salad!

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I’ve received product/compensation related to JAZZ Apples to use for #LoveNZFruit.  As always though, all opinions stated are my own and I only work with brands that I love!

Living in Portland we get to experience a lot of great food and restaurants.  There’s a farmer’s market happening in just about every town weekly and the restaurants nationally known.  We love to eat and hang out as a family while we try all the new (to us) places to eat and it was on once of these trips that I had a Summer Bounty Salad.   The salad I had was different from this salad except for the grilled zucchini and squash.  Until I tried had that salad I’d never thought about adding grilled veggies to a fresh salad before.  Now, I can’t believe that I didn’t.  It just seems to fit so well.

One of the things I love about salads is the variety of flavors and textures in one dish.  There is crispy and crunchy, sweet and salty, fresh and grilled all in one bowl!!!  This salad is killer and one thing I can’t live without in my salads in the summer is apples.  I love the addition of a quick sweet bite with a crunchy, crispy texture.

Summer Bounty Salad | Real Housemoms

I recently tried these JAZZ apples and they are fantastic!!!  I was out of town when they got to my house so I had my husband bring me some out to California when he met me out there.  I shared with my parents and we all loved them!  We always have some kind of meat and cheese tray at my Mom’s house so we sliced one up and had it with our snack and they were gone FAST!

What I absolutely LOVE about JAZZ apples, beyond their amazing taste in the middle of summer, is Crunch to Contribute!  It’s a really fun and easy way to help others.  If you snap a quick selfie while crunching down on a JAZZ apple and post the photo, $1 will be donated to either the American or Canadian Diabetes Association!!!  They’re a New Zealand company that is working to contribute to a diabetes prevention solution.    Send them your selfie and follow along on Twitter here or check out the website to find out where you can get your JAZZ.

This summer Real Housemoms teamed up with some other absolutely awesome bloggers to bring you recipes using New Zealand pears and apples.  Why?  Because we all love them, but their growing season in the U.S. is in the fall and winter.  New Zealand is riht in the middle of their season during our summer!  That means lots and lots of delicious recipes using our favorite fruits all year long!  You can follow along using #loveNZfruit and be sure to click below and see all the super tasty recipes using JAZZ apples.

But before you go clicking around be sure to enter into the Giveaway.  The prize this time around is for a $150 Visa Gift Card and a LARGE box full of Jazz Apples!  Not only that, but every entry in this giveaway also gives you an entry into the grand prize drawing for a Vitamix blender and $100 gift card!!!!!! Can you believe it?   So awesome!!!

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Apple Basil Mojitos from Cooking with Books
Campfire Apple and Pork Packets from Big Bear’s Wife
Apple & Chicken Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing from Around My Family Table
Summer Bounty Salad from Real Housemoms
Grilled Romaine Salad with Quinoa, Apples, Corn, & Dijon Vinaigrette from Climbing Grier Mountain
Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad from Nutmeg Nanny
Cinnamon and Ginger Jazz Apple Chips from doughmesstic

Apple Basil Mojitos from Cooking with Books
Campfire Apple and Pork Packets from Big Bear’s Wife
Apple & Chicken Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing from Around My Family Table
Summer Bounty Salad from Real Housemoms
Grilled Romaine Salad with Quinoa, Apples, Corn, & Dijon Vinaigrette from Climbing Grier Mountain
Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad from Nutmeg Nanny
Cinnamon and Ginger Jazz Apple Chips from doughmesstic

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Summer Bounty Salad is a delicious way to enjoy your summer garden's harvest. Grilled zucchini and squash are tossed with crisp romaine and Jazz apples for a delicious salad!
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Serves: 1-4
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  1. combine all ingredients in a bowl, except the dressing and toss
  2. add your favorite dressing and toss again
  3. enjoy!!!

 

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Easy Homemade BlackBerry Sauce | Real Housemoms

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Tequila Blackberry Lemonade | Real Housemoms

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quinoa chicken stir fry | Real Housemoms

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