I have been experimenting with different types of salads and dressings and have developed this very tasty combination of greens and dressing.
- 1 (10 ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained
- 2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 3/8 inch cubes
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 bunch fresh spinach, trimmed, washed, remove stems and discard (about 10 ounces)
- 1 head romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
- 1⁄3 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1⁄2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
- 4 tablespoons six-year-old balsamic vinegar
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons liquid honey
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- SALAD - Drain oranges, place into a bowl and set aside.
- Cube apples and place in a bowl.
- Pour lemon juice over; mix well to coat to prevent from turning brown and let marinate for about 1 hour or longer.
- Before using apples, drain any excess lemon juice.
- Prepare spinach and Romaine lettuce; dry on paper towels, and add to a large bowl.
- Add ice cubes and let chill for at least 1/2 hour to crisp.
- DRESSING - In a glass jar with lid, add orange juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, poppy seeds, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper; shake well to blend.
- TO SERVE - Remove ice from the greens and discard; drain any water.
- Add apples and pine nuts and toss to mix well.
- Add dressing mixture and toss to coat well.
- Arrange spinach on individual salad plates and top with 3 or 4 Mandarin orange segments.
- This dressing is also very good with young, mixed greens.
Absolutely delicious salad dressing!!! Certainly warrants more than 5 stars. Used it tossed with baby spinach, arranged mandarine sections on top and scattered some sunflower seeds. Yummy, thanks for sharing.
just made the dressing to put on a similar salad but with teryaki chicken. sooo yummy! thanks
We adored this salad...there was not a speck left after dinner, even though there was another salad that was only half eaten. I made this on the spur of the moment and did not have any apples in the house so I added some dried cherries to the orange segments, and substituted roasted walnuts for the pine nuts (there again, none in the larder). The dressing is wonderful, and I am thinking that it might also be good on a cold grain salad with oranges and dried fruit.