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Three-Step Salad

 Three-Step Salad
IF YOU don't try this refreshing salad, you have missed the best! The crisp greens and bright oranges make it colorful, and the sweet caramelized almonds create a unique crunch. This salad is a special treat for family and company. -Les Cunningham, San Diego, California
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir almonds and sugar
  • until almonds are coated and lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Spread the almonds on heavy-duty foil to cool; gently bread apart.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine romaine, oranges, celery and onions.
  • Top with almonds. In a jar with tight-fitting lid, combine the
  • dressing ingredients; shake well. Pour over the salad and toss
  • gently. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 220 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 17 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 167 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.