Sweet Spinach Salad

3 T. orange juice concentrate
2 T. sugar
2 T. cider vinegar
1 T. finely chopped green onion
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. canola oil
1 1/2 t. poppy seeds
1 pkg. fresh baby spinach
2 cans (16 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
2/3 c. honey roasted Almond Accents

In a blender, combine the orange juice, sugar, vinegar, onion and salt. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. transfer to a small pitcher or bowl. Refrigerate for one hour.

On salad plates, arrange spinach, mandarin oranges and almonds. Drizzle with dressing. Optional: add chow mein noodles and chicken for a delightful lunch! From Taste of Home magazine.

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Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad

Lately, I have been on a salad kick. I really love salads that are creative, tasty and healthy! My favorite salad is when someone else prepares it.  It just seems to taste better!  This is from my dear friend Dori.

2 bags Romain Lettuce
1 apple chopped (I dipped the apples and pears in lemon juice to reduce the browning)
1 pear chopped
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1/4 c. cranberries
1 c. pine nuts ( I used roasted/salted sunflower seeds on Sunday)
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
2 T. lemon juice,
2/3 c vegetable oil
1/2 c sugar
2 T. onion
1/2 t. salt
3 t. poppy seeds

Combine the lettuce, apple, pear, Swiss cheese, cranberries and pine nuts in salad bowl.

Whisk all the dressing ingredients (apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, vegetable oil, sugar, onion, salt and poppy seeds) together in separate bowl.

Toss with salad JUST BEFORE serving. It gets yucky if it sits around too long!

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