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My Favorite Salad Ever

11 Jun

This recipe is the base for any number of great salads.  It is one of those things that you can use the basic recipe and then add what you have around the house and change it completely. We had it for dinner today and I used sliced strawberries, blueberries, craisins and pistachio nuts.  Great combo.

The dressing is what makes the salad.  Heidi gave this recipe to me one year with a basket with all of the ingredients in it.  I stole the idea and gave it as a gift wrapped in a fun salad bowl.  Find a great serving bowl.  Place all of the ingredients for the salad in it with a bottle of the dressing and the recipe tied to it 

 So pretty and a fun gift to recieve becuase you can EAT it and then make it again!!!

The Dressing:

1 TB sugar

1 TB Good Seasoning Italian Dressing seasoning

2 TB red wine vinegar

1/3 cup orange juice ( I like fresh)

1/3 cup oil

Jest of one orange

Mix together and store in the refrigerator.  I usually triple the batch so that I always have it on hand.

The Salad:

Start with spring mix or half spring mix and half spinach.  Add any of the following.  The combinations are endless.

Fresh fruit–strawberries, blueberries, granny smith apples, pears, raspberries, mandarin oranges or grapes

Nuts–pistachios, sugared almonds*, sugared walnuts*

Craisins

Cheese– feta, blue, shredded mozzarella, shredded swiss

Chicken

Toss with dressing just before serving or serve with dressing on the side. This is such a pretty salad and makes a great shower menu when served with rolls, either plain or cinnamon or orange.

* place sliced or slivered almonds or walnuts in a heavy skillet.  Sprinkle with sugar.  I like them quite sweet so I use about 1/3 cup of sugar for a medium package of nuts.  Can add more to taste.  Stir over meduim heat until sugar melts.  Make sure you watch this carefully as it takes a few minutes for the sugar to start to melt and then it can burn easily.  I have burned many a batch of these by turning my back to do something else.  Spread on waxed paper or parchment until cooled.  I usually make a large batch and then store them in a airtight container until used.  If you leave them out they will be devoured as they are like candy!!!

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Recipes

 

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