Superstar Spinach Salad Recipe

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Superstar Spinach Salad Recipe
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Superstar Spinach Salad Recipe

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"Cantaloupe really 'stars' in this delicious salad—especially if you cut pieces into that shape," remarks Kathy Crow of Payson, Arizona.
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe half, seeded and peeled
  • 7 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup halved green grapes
  • DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

Cut melon half into 1/2-in. rings. Cut rings with a 1-1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter or into 1-in. pieces; place in a bowl. Add spinach, ham, onion and grapes. Chill for at least 2 hours. Place sugar, orange juice, vinegar, onion, orange peel and pepper in a blender; cover and blend until smooth. With blender running, gradually add oil until slightly thickened. Stir in poppy seeds. Cover and chill. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss. Top with pecans. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Superstar Spinach Salad in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p13

  • 1 cantaloupe half, seeded and peeled
  • 7 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup halved green grapes
  • DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  1. Cut melon half into 1/2-in. rings. Cut rings with a 1-1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter or into 1-in. pieces; place in a bowl. Add spinach, ham, onion and grapes. Chill for at least 2 hours. Place sugar, orange juice, vinegar, onion, orange peel and pepper in a blender; cover and blend until smooth. With blender running, gradually add oil until slightly thickened. Stir in poppy seeds. Cover and chill. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss. Top with pecans. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Superstar Spinach Salad in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p13

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julieanne22 User ID: 1995874 43382
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

"This is really wonderful. I never thought that I would like mixing my fruits and vegetables but this is fantastic and easy. I wish cantaloupe was in season all year long."

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Brendainny User ID: 1554694 19060
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Made this salad about 8 years ago and have been making it eversince. It's really different and good"

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Brendainny User ID: 1554694 202190
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Made this salad about 8 years ago and have been making it eversince. It's really different and good"

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willow49 User ID: 5074482 43379
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"I made this for our 4th of July cookout. I doubled the recipe, should have tripled it! The whole family loved this fresh tasting, healthy salad. It's a winner for sure."

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