Orange Almond Salad

This is  a fast and easy salad to put together with items you will probably already have in your pantry. 

Ingredient List:

Butter or Bib Lettuce – I prefer this soft, mild lettuce for this salad, but your favorite mixed greens will make you just as happy.  A few arugula leaves add a nice kick, too!  If you’re using lettuce that is washed and ready to eat – good for you!  Otherwise wash and gently spin the butter or bib lettuce or pat it dry.  Gently tear the leaves into bite size pieces. (It does come washed and bagged if you can find it and I love that convenience!)

Mandarin Orange Slices – It’s perfectly okay to buy a can of mandarin oranges in light syrup and drain them well.  Buy a good quality!  Or, you can peel and section navel oranges or clementines.

Honey Roasted Almonds – (salad toppers) look for them in the produce department

Green Onions – Sliced (optional – they add a nice flavor balance to this salad, but not everyone likes onion…  Sometimes I serve them on the side)

Dijon Mustard – 1 teaspoon

Balsamic Vinegar – 2 teaspoons

Fresh Orange Juice – 2 tablespoons

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/4 cup 

Directions:

Whisk the mustard, vinegar and orange juice.  Whisk in the olive oil.  Place the lettuce in a salad bowl.  Place the orange sections on top.  Just prior to serving, add the almonds and onions.  Drizzle the dressing on (go easy, you can always add more, but you can’t take it back out) and toss.

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