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awesome spinach salad

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Recipe by
Diane Schmidt
Comstock Park, MI

This recipe was given to me by a lovely lady in my church, Dee Makepeace, who is an amazingly good cook. I'm not much of a salad eater, but this one I like. ALOT! LOL! Now I bring it to potlucks and family get togethers not just because it tastes delicious, but because it is a very pretty salad and makes a great presentation.

(1 rating)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For awesome spinach salad

  • 1 large pkg
    baby spinach
  • 1/2 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c
    finely chopped onion, i like to use green onions, but dee makepeace used regular white onions
  • 16 oz
    can of manderin oranges (you can use sliced strawberries, blueberries etc if you like
  • 1/2 c
    sliced almonds
  • 2-4 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/3 c
  • 5 Tbsp
    vinegar, i like to use apple cider vinegar but dee makepeace used plain white vinegar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    minced onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    poppy seeds
  • 1 c
    vegetable oil

How To Make awesome spinach salad

  • 1
    In small saucepan saute the almonds and the brown sugar until the sugar is melted and almonds are coated nicely with the sugar and set aside. When cool break apart. Watch carefully as can burn very quickly. I like them very sugary so I use the 4 tbs.of sugar but Dee Makepeace's original recipe called for 2 so it's up to you, LOL
  • 2
    Layer the spinach, cheese, onion, oranges, and the sugar coated almonds in a large bowl or casserole dish.
  • 3
    For the Dressing: Mix in a plastic bowl with a lid so you can shake the container to mix (works best I think)mix together the sugar, vinegar, salt, minced onion, poppy seeds, and the vegetable oil. Shake to mix and drizzle over salad. I never use the whole amount as I don't like heavily dressed salads. I find that there is more than enough dressing to make 2 salads out of it. Also if you are taking this salad somewhere it is best to put the dressing on after you get there or it can look a bit wilty.