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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad

*Always a hit at baby showers or woman-gatherings . . .  

You need:
1 ½ cup olive oil
¾ c. vinegar
¾ c. orange juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp granulated sugar
11 oz can of mandarin oranges
Toasted, sliced almonds
Baby spinach leaves

Whisk together:  olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, red wine vinegar, and both sugars.  In a serving bowl, combine the oranges (drained), spinach leaves (rinsed & dry)  and almonds.  Pour vinaigrette dressing over the salad & toss well (works best JUST before serving!!)

For an awesome protein addition – add rotisserie chicken or cold mandarin orange chicken (See: things to do with a chicken.)

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