I am perfectly happy having a salad for lunch or dinner. GI Joe and The Athlete just sit back and roll their eyes if we’re at a restaurant and I order just a salad. I love all kinds of salads, hot, cold, fruit, pasta, vegetables. Then add to that nuts, goat cheese, blue cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella. I will take any of the above. Oh my gosh, what about dressings? The options are endless, but the one I’m sharing today is one of my favorites.Today in class we discussed all types of lettuce and how to buy, store, and prepare it. I’m not a big fan of bagged lettuce. Most of the time it’s a lot of white pieces of the core with a few green leaves, but I do like the spring mix with spinach. That’s what I use for this salad mixed with some fresh romaine. Add to that some mandarin oranges, almonds and best of all some freshly pan fried bacon bits and top it with a fresh basil vinaigrette and you have yourself a salad. Why do we buy salad dressings? I don’t get it. Dressings are so easy to make and can be done in five minutes. No preservatives and you have fresh ingredients with great flavor. Try this salad and it will become one of your favorites.
Bacon Mandarin Orange Salad from Southern Living
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon fresh basil
- 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 15 oz. cans mandarin oranges drained and chilled
- 1 bunch red leaf lettuce torn
- 1 head romaine lettuce, torn
- 1 16 – oz of bacon cooked and crumbled ( I used about 1/2 of this)
- 1 4 oz. toasted almonds
Whisk together the first 5 ingredients, blending well in a small jar. Mix orange and lettuce in a large bowl. Toss gently. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and sliced almonds. Add dressing. Toss. Serve immediately.
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