My family enjoys picnics anytime of year—especially in the spring. To get in the mood for warmer weather, I serve this hearty main-dish salad. You just can't beat a salad that tastes great and is good for you, too. —Marian Pratt Sequim, Washington
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
- 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1/3 cup Italian or low-fat Italian dressing
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced celery
- 1 jar (2 ounces) sliced pimientos, drained
- 2 to 3 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
- 1/2 pound pork tenderloin, cut into thin strips
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Line four plates with spinach leaves; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the black-eyed peas, mushrooms, dressing, onions, celery, pimientos and olives; set aside.
- In a small skillet, saute pork in oil for 1 minute. Add garlic; saute 1-2 minutes longer or until no longer pink. Remove from the heat; add to black-eyed pea mixture and mix well.
- Spoon mixture onto spinach-lined plates. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pork and Spinach Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1993, p27