Tuesday, August 2, 2016

3 Things: Including Chance to Win $100 Applebees Giftcard #NationalWatermelonDay

Disclosure: I received a gift card from Applebee's. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Here's the call to action. Usually this at the end of a post, but there's a lot going on here, so I'll put them up right away:

  1. Enter the contest for your chance to win a $100 Applebees Gift Card!
  2. Check out the NEW Wood Fired Grill Salads (excellent menagerie of new flavors!)
  3. Celebrate National Watermelon Day (August 3rd!)

Let me put the giveaway information up here quickly because this ends tomorrow and you're going to want to get over there and enter! Keep reading though, and see how we liked our experience with the new menu items!

 The Giveaway (hurry, ends tomorrow!)
In celebration of the juiciest holiday of the summer, National Watermelon Day (August 3rd) and the launch of their new Wood Fired seasonal salads, Applebee’s is hosting a sweet summer sweepstakes! Starting today, guests are invited to submit their favorite salad recipes via photo or text on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #WoodFired and #Sweepstakes for the chance to win a $100 Applebee’s gift card. The sweepstakes runs from today, July 20 through Wednesday, August 3.

Starting at just $8.99, Applebee’s NEW line of new Wood Fired Grill salads incorporate all the best flavors of summer (think - watermelon, shrimp, avocado and grapefruit, to name a few) with seafood, chicken and Hand-Cut USDA Choice Top sirloin, to create a truly unique salad experience. All salads are topped with refreshing house-made dressings.

Our Most Recent Applebee's Experience

Now for our experience! We had a table full of goodies, but the most popular items on the table were definitely the NEW Wood Fired Grill Salads. These babies were chock full of happy summer flavors. The Crispy Chicken N Cornbread Salad (available with a grilled chicken option) was delivered with mixed greens, made-in-house jalepeno cornbread croutons, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar applewood smoked bacon and buttermilk dressing. I love that it had that twist with the spicy croutons. That's some pretty delicious looking eating right there, don't you think?

The NEW Southwestern Steak Salad offered up Hand-Cut Wood Fired USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak paired with chimichurri, pico de gallo, corn and black bean salsa, cheddar, crispy tortilla strips and a creamy house-made cilantro and Ranch dressing. This was definitely a meal in itself, and it's one of those meals sure to elicite a lot of ooh's and ahh's when it lands on the table. I love when Applebee's offers up new items, especially true when it's a salad. I like most any salad, but the traditional ones do get a tad bit boring. When you go out and want to get a salad for a meal, it's nice to have real choices. THESE are real choices. Thank you, Applebee's! 

Shout out to Danny, the waiter for giving us more straws. ;)
We had a great family and friends thing going on, excellent food, and a lil' sneak action going on too!! Yep, if you're having a watermelon beverage in honor of National Watermelon Day (August 3rd), be sure you pay attention...someone across the table from you might just be concocting ways to get a little sneak of your drink (note the triple straw action going on, very inventive, son). ;)

When it's time for dessert...you can think in one of two ways, especially if one of the new salad options was your meal.  A). You've eaten light, you're just the right amount of full, so you can skip dessert and be happy or  B). You've eaten light, no harm in indulging in a little group dessert festival at your table. I'll let you guess which one we decided to do. ;)

Okay...now that being said, August 3rd (Tomorrow!) is National Watermelon Day. Be sure to get in on the celebration. Head over to your nearest Applebee's and try those new Wood Fired Grill Salads. One of the flavors is Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp. Pretty smart, right? :)

Applebee’s® Unveils Wood Fired Grill Salads with Fresh Flavors of Summer

New twist on a seasonal staple starts at $8.99

Taking center stage in Applebee’s arsenal of new offerings in anticipation of National Watermelon Day on August 3 is the NEW Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad, a fresh combination of grill-seared watermelon prepared with a house-made mint-Greek yogurt dressing. To celebrate this new salad and fun occasion, from July 20 to August 3 Applebee’s is inviting guests to submit their favorite salad recipes via photo or text on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #WoodFired and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 Applebee’s gift card.* 

Starting at $8.99 at participating restaurants, the new Wood Fired Grill Salad lineup includes:

  • NEW Southwestern Steak Salad: Hand-Cut Wood Fired USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak paired with chimichurri, pico de gallo, corn and black bean salsa, cheddar, crispy tortilla strips and a creamy house-made cilantro ranch dressing.

  • NEW Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad: Mixed greens, cucumbers, feta, almonds and house-made creamy mint-Greek yogurt dressing. Also available with Spicy Blackened Chicken.

  • NEW Spicy Blackened Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad: Mixed greens, pickled in-house red onions, cilantro leaves and house-made champagne vinaigrette.

  • NEW Crispy Chicken ‘N Spicy Cornbread Salad: Mixed greens, made-in-house jalapeno cornbread croutons, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon and buttermilk dressing.

For more information on the latest new menu offerings and deals from Applebee’s, check out the  online menu and stop by your neighborhood Applebee’s.

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  1. Now I'm hungry. We've not been there in a very long time. We need to fix that.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. I love Applebee's! I wish there was one closer to where I lived so that I could get that dessert like every day :P

  3. National Watermelon Day? Sign me up. I love a good salad in the summer. It gives you a chance to be more creative.

  4. Sure have enough to chow down on there. Never even knew watermelons got a day.

  5. This is a great giveaway. I wouldn't mind heading to Applebee's and trying one of their salads.

  6. I love their new spread of salads, it's definitely worth a try! I had no idea we have a National Watermelon Day! That's such an adorable holiday.

  7. I love the salads at Applebee's and now I hear they have a watermelon salad-yum

  8. Oh shucks. I wish we lived in an area with an Applebee's closeby. That steak salad looks awesome!

  9. What a nice giveaway. I wish we have an Applebee's here in our country.

  10. Oh, I want to win this but there is no Applebees in our place. These foods look really yummy.

    1. We have an Applebee's near our house and I love having lunch there with our boys. It's such a great family restaurant.

  11. Applebees was my go to place when I was pregnant. I kept craving their BLT. lol, it is no longer on the menu :(

  12. We love eating at Applebee's! Before I started a vegetarian diet, their oriental wraps were my favorite. Now, I'll have to try some of their new salads next time we go in.

  13. My husband and I were just talking about Applebees! That dessert looks so decadent!

  14. I LOVE Applebee's! I wish the one that was closest to us would get better. We have to drive an hour to the better one.

  15. Applebee's has really great food. We go for a late night snack every Saturday night when my husband gets off work.

  16. Thanks for the heads up on this giveaway! Applebee's is one of our favorite restaurants.

  17. The watermelon and spicy shrimp salad sounds amazing! I'm going to have to try that for sure!

  18. We love eating at Applebees. We love the 2 for $20 deal.

  19. I love Watermelon so much, but honestly never know we have a special day associate with it! I love Applebee's so much, but it has been long since I had a visit. The Gift Card sounds amazing and I am going to give it a try!

  20. Thanks for telling us about the giveaway! I can't wait to try the Crispy Chicken ‘N Spicy Cornbread Salad

  21. I love Applebees. Thanks for the info on the giveaway too!

  22. I love applebee's! I can't wait to take the kids back there to enjoy

  23. Applebee's is one of our favorite restaurants. We love their appetizers and entrees and I would love to win a gift card to eat there.

  24. I just love Applebee's!!! Hubby and I go all the time for date night. So yummy

  25. Oh Applebees! How I love this place! Lots of yummy treats to enjoy!

  26. Those Salads look really good! I want to head to the nearest Applebee's right now.


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