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Strawberry Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

 Strawberry Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette
"This is my husband's favorite salad…hands down!" says Nancy Tafoya of Fort Collins, Colorado. "I've taken it to fancy dinner parties as well as camping trips, and everyone always lines up for seconds. The unique vinaigrette has a little kick to it that people truly enjoy."
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the first seven
  • ingredients; shake well until sugar is dissolved. In a large salad
  • bowl, combine the romaine, strawberries, avocado, oranges, onion and
  • pecans. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently. Serve immediately.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2/3 cup equals 153 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 104 mg sodium,

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Strawberry Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 11 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.