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Monday, April 16, 2012

Summer Salads!!

Summer will soon be here, and with summer comes BBQs & great salads!! 
I love mixing my fruits and veggies together to make new salad sensations!! Berries & citrus slices make a great addition to any leafy green!! Mixing tart & sweet together is a nice surprise for dinner guests!! Here are a few great Salad ideas!

4 tsp Virgin Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 tsp Orange Juice
10oz Pkg Fresh Baby Spinach
1 Medium sized Orange
1/2 Medium sized Red Onion, quartered & thinly sliced
1/4 cup, Toasted Almonds, whole or sliced
1/4 cup sliced Apple
1/2 cup Fresh, Mixed Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries)
(Other optional ingredients: Raisins,dried Cranberries, Bean Sprouts, Pomegranate, Cashews, Cheese Cubes, see what I mean? Endless options!)

A) Wash and pat dry spinach, remove any long stems.
B) Grate orange rind into a small mixing bowl, add olive oil, garlic, almond extract, &

C) Mix well, then add orange juice & mix again.
D) Peel and separate sections, cut each section in half.
E) Place spinach into a large bowl, add onions, oranges & dressing, toss well.
F) Top with almonds, fresh berries and sliced apple.
Don't ever be afraid to try new things, add you never know, you might create the next Great Family Recipe!