Spinach & Orange Salad


Do you often have a craving for sweet, yet healthy start to your meal? Maybe you are planning a big family gathering, such as a birthday or even Easter dinner. This recipe for Spinach & Orange Salad satisfies both your sweet tooth without adding excess calories and provides great vitamins within the spinach leaves.

For best results, buy fresh spinach leaves and wash several hours ahead of when you will be making the salad. Let the air dry so they are not wet when you put the salad together.

Ingredients:

Salad

2 bunches fresh spinach

4 green onions, diced

15 oz Mandarin orange can, drained

4 slices cooked bacon – cook until crispy and break into pieces

Dressing

1/3 c oil

2 tbsp cider vinegar

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp sesame seeds

1 minced garlic

pinch black pepper

In a large bowl, combine the dry spinach leaves, the onion, oranges and bacon. Mix well.

In a separate container that has a sealing lid, mix oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, sesame seeds, clove and pepper. Shake well until combined. Store in the refrigerator if you are not serving the salad right away. When removing from the fridge, shake again to make sure it is combined well. Pour over the salad and serve.

The salad can also be served with croutons for an added crunch to your meal.

To make this a bit quicker to fix, bacon bits can be substituted for the real bacon. Dried green onions can be used in place of the fresh green onions, but you will need to add a bit extra to make up for the difference in flavor, since fresh are always more flavorful than dried.

The salad recipe can be doubled for a large gathering, however the spinach leaves get a bit wilty after one day. It’s best to only cover the dressing over the portion of leaves you will eat in one day to keep it fresh.


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