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Superstar Spinach Salad

 Superstar Spinach Salad
"Cantaloupe really 'stars' in this delicious salad—especially if you cut pieces into that shape," remarks Kathy Crow of Payson, Arizona.
6 ServingsPrep: 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.

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Superstar Spinach Salad (continued)

Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.