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Sweet Spinach and Orange Salad

 Sweet Spinach and Orange Salad
I prepare this first when making a meal to let the flavors blend in the salad. The dressing is my own concoction and is delicious over fresh fruit, too.—Carole Martin, Tallahassee, Florida
6-8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions

Directions

  • In a large salad bowl, toss the spinach, oranges, tomatoes and
  • mushrooms; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the first
  • eight dressing ingredients. Microwave on high for 30-60 seconds.
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk in oil. Drizzle over salad;
  • toss to coat. Sprinkle with onions. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 265 calories, 19 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 118 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.