Mandarin Orange and Spinach Salad

Total Time
1hr 10mins
1 hr 10 mins
0 mins

This is a beautiful tossed salad with spinach, romaine, and mandarin oranges with a sweet, sour, slightly spicy dressing. To top it all off, glazed sliced almonds. I first made this in culinary school, and I have made it many times. It is great for entertaining. The mandarin oranges' color just "pops" against the greens. Time includes chill time for the dressing.

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  1. In jar with tight-fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; shake well. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. In skillet, cook almonds and sugar over medium low heat until sugar melts and coats almonds, stirring frequently. Cool; break apart.
  3. Combine the rest of the salad ingredients.
  4. Toss with dressing and top with almonds--I prefer to top the salad, and at the last minute, as opposed to tossing the almonds in the salad to keep the sugar from being "washed off" by the dressing.