Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Orange Strawberry Salad

Do you ever come upon a certain dish and say, "Wow!  This one will be on keeper menu forever"?  I say that every once in a while and this salad was one of those.  The dressing is amazing, not to mention the candied almonds, they add crunch to this amazing salad.  This is also so light and summery, perfect for days that you don't want to cook.  I found the recipe here.

1 package spring mix greens (I just used spinach)
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 large orange, cut into small pieces
3 green onions, sliced (optional)
1 c. sliced almonds
4 T. butter
4 T. sugar
1/2 t. grated orange zest or peel
1/3 c. fresh orange juice (1-2 oranges)
2 T. red wine vinegar
2 T. sugar
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 T. "Good Seasons Dry Italian" dressing mix (I found this right next to the dry packages of ranch)

*  In large bowl, mix your greens, strawberries, oranges and onions.  To candy the almonds, mix the almonds, butter and sugar in thick-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until butter and sugar turn a toffee color.  Spread on wax paper until cool and then add to your salad.

*  To make dressing, in your blender add all dressing ingredients and blend very well, 1-2 minutes.  Serve with your salad.
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