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Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad

 Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad
With mandarin oranges and a slightly sweet dressing, this spinach salad is a refreshing change of pace. I frequently take it along to summer picnics.
24 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • SALAD:
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 7 cups torn romaine
  • 7 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced celery
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced green onion
  • 3 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained

Directions

  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the first five
  • ingredients; shake well. Set aside. In a skillet, cook and stir the
  • almonds and sugar over medium heat until sugar is melted and almonds
  • are coated. Spread on foil to cool completely.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, spinach, celery and
  • onions. Add oranges and sugared almonds; toss gently. Shake
  • dressing; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Yield: 24 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 89 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.