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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Almonds and a Cherry Vinaigrette

It's summer and it calls for a cool crunchy yummy salad!! As much as I love salads, I like to vary the veggies/ fruits, crunchy toppings and make my own dressings. It's much better that way I feel...you can cater to your own taste and get a 'feel good' healthy salad for yourself.
This one is perfect to be called 'summer' salad because of it's 'warm' color tones from oranges, cherry tomatoes and red cherry vinaigrette.

2 cups 'Veggie' salad mix (with variety of lettuces, radish, carrots)
1/4 cup mandarin oranges
1/4 cup whole toasted almonds
few cherry tomatoes

Cherry Vinaigrette dressing:
1tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1tsp Red cherry preserve
1/2tsp Lemon juice
1/4tsp black pepper
1/4tsp dried oregano

1) Toss all the ingredients for the salad in the salad bowl.
2) Stir together the vinaigrette ingredients.
3) Pour the vinaigrette over the salad just before eating.

Enjoy the crispy-crunchy textures of this 'warm' colored summery salad