This recipe for Citrus Spinach Salad is easy to make and refreshing to eat. To make it even easier, you can use a bag of pre-washed baby spinach leaves and the dressing can be made in advance. If you do make and refrigerate the dressing in advance, remember that olive oil solidifies when it is cold. Just take the dressing out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you plan to use it, shake well and it should be fine. I recently revised the dressing recipe to make it a little lighter and less intense.
(Prep Time: 10 minutes)
5-6 cups baby spinach leaves (about 1/2 of a 9 ounce bag)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/8 red onion, thinly sliced
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges
1 (2.25 can) sliced black olives
1/4 cup extra light virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (or more if desired)
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon each, salt and black pepper
Combine dressing ingredients and set aside. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad and serve immediately. You probably will have a little dressing left over, depending on how much dressing you like in your salad
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