spring salad with orange dressing

★★★★★ 8
By Tammi Preston
from Pilot Rock, OR

This delightful salad is excellent for large gatherings.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

From the crunch of the nuts to the dried fruits, the textures in this salad are amazing. The orange salad dressing is what really sets this recipe apart. It's tangy and sweet all in one yummy vinaigrette. We really enjoyed the crunch the sugared almonds added to the salad. We may make those to add to all our salads instead of croutons.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 8
prep time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For spring salad with orange dressing

  • SALAD:
  • 1
    head red or green leaf lettuce, torn
  • 3 - 4 c
    spring mix
  • 4 c
    baby spinach
  • 1 bunch
    red or purple grapes, halved
  • 2 c
    sliced strawberries
  • 1 pkg
    dried apricots, sliced
  • 1 pkg
    dried Craisins
  • can add any fruit you like or leave out what you don't... kiwi and jicama are good, so are fresh peaches
  • 1/4 c
    pine nuts (toast in skillet until golden brown)
  • SUGARED ALMONDS:
  • 1 c
    sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1/4 c
    sugar
  • ORANGE SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1/2 c
    sugar
  • 1/3 c
    rice vinegar
  • 1/3 c
    orange juice
  • 1 c
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1
    envelope Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix

How To Make spring salad with orange dressing

  • Sugar mixed with melted butter in a skillet.
    1
    To make sugared almonds, melt butter in a skillet. Add sugar and stir.
  • Stirring in almonds.
    2
    Then add almonds.
  • Stirring almonds until sugar dissolves.
    3
    Stir until sugar is dissolved and almonds are coated and toasted (about 3-4 minutes on low to medium heat).
  • Almonds on waxed paper.
    4
    Place almonds on wax paper in a single layer and let cool while preparing the rest of the salad.
  • Salad dressing ingredients combined in a mason jar.
    5
    Mix dressing ingredients. I use a quart canning jar with a lid to shake it up well. Mix well until sugar is dissolved.
  • Salad ingredients in a bowl.
    6
    Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Sugared almonds on top of the salad.
    7
    Combine all ingredients and top with sugared almonds.
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