Bruegger’s Giveaway!

After posting about my awesome lunch at Bruegger’s, I was contacted about getting some Bruegger’s coupons to give away on the blog!  Yahoo!  Each coupon is the equivalent of a $5 gift card—helloooo free lunch!

To enter the giveaway for a $5 Bruegger’s coupon, do one (or more) of the following (make sure to leave a separate comment for each one):

  • Post a comment on this post letting me know your favorite bagel concoction
  • “Like” the Fervent Foodie page on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did so.
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment on this post letting me know
  • Tweet about this giveaway, and leave a comment here letting me know 
  • Post a link to this giveaway on your blog or your facebook profile, and leave a comment here letting me know ya did

I’ve got five $5 coupons to give away, and I’ll use a random number generator to select the winners (pssst.. you can win more than one!)  😀

BTW – Have you guys tried the new Sun-Drenched Tomato and Bagel Salad at Bruegger’s?  I haven’t got to try it out yet, but they did send me the recipe!  Sounds delicious!


This is a nice twist on the Tomato-Mozzarella and Basil Salad, but has its roots in the panzanella traditions of Italy, combining the best of summer’s abundance with the frugal utility of leftover bread or, in this case, bagels.

This salad is best when tossed 10 minutes before serving, to allow the dressing to soak into the bagel croutons. The vinaigrette can be made in advance and the tomatoes must be very ripe and at room temperature.

  • 2 large ( 1 lb.) vine ripened/ heirloom tomatoes
  • 8-10 yellow pear tomatoes
  • 3 rosemary olive oil bagels
  • 3 tsp sun dried tomato paste
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • A generous pinch sea salt
  • A generous pinch cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 2 romaine lettuces

1. Slice the bagels into chunky croutons and dry out overnight on a cookie sheet in a warm oven.

2. Blend the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sun dried tomatoTomato__Bagel_Salad[1]es to a smooth consistency. Keep a light hand on the vinegar as the tomatoes provide some acidity.

3. Core and slice the large tomatoes into large, coarse pieces. Cut the yellow pear tomatoes into halves.

4. Place the tomatoes and the croutons into a large stainless bowl with room to toss them.

5. Line a large platter with the romaine salad leaves, white stem at the center

6. Add the dressing, salt and pepper and almost all the Asiago cheese to the bowl and toss, until the entire mix is coated with the dressing.

7. Transfer this to the platter, piling it loosely over the romaine stems and top with the remaining Asiago on top.

Adding diced, grilled chicken or drained anchovy filets makes this a meal for a hot summer’s day. Red onions, capers or red pepper are also great additions.


Good luck!  Contest ends Friday September 3rd at 11:59pm Eastern time and I’ll post the winner over the loooooongggg holiday weekend!

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  1. I used to always go to Brueggers on the weekends in college and get an everything bagel with light plain cream cheese. mmmm!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I have a feeling I’m going to need to start a cookbook at home with all of these delicious receipes you keep giving out. They are sooooo good and with it being lunch time, I really want to run over to Bruegger’s now and get one of these salads. OMGosh it looks delicious!

  3. Posted you on my FB. I love Bruegger’s for lunch, I`m addicted to their mandarin medley salad 🙂

    My fav thing at Brueggers is the turkey bacon with avacado on an everything bagel.

  5. my favorite bagel concoction is the standard. bagel & cream cheese. I try not to eat too many of them, but when I do, I LOVE the pumpkin bagels that will be out now in the fall! (also pizza bagels are high on my list)

  6. great giveaway! I am seriously missing bagels since going gluten-free for the past few weeks. my hubby eats one every morning! we love our everything bagels in our house.

  7. my favorite combo is a garden veggie with hummus or light garden creamed cheese, every veggie they have, all on an everything softwich. Delish.