Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Berry Mandarin Tossed Salad

I am a salad lover! I can also make up a pretty mean salad. At a luncheon this salad was prepared and it beat any salad I have ever made! It is delicious. You will LOVE this recipe!

1/4 cup sugar
2 T cider vinegar
2 T honey
1 & 1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
dash salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil ( I use olive oil)

8 cups torn mixed salad greens
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 medium sweet onion, sliced into rings or chopped
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (if desired)

In 2 cup bowl, combine first nine ingredients. Microwave on high for 1 & 1/2 to 2 minutes, stir until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in oil. Cover and refrigerate until serving. In a large salad bowl, combine salad, fruit, onions, almonds, walnuts and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss to coat. Yield 12-14 servings.

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