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Poppy Seed Citrus Salad

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Sweet, tangy and delicious!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 2 cans (14 Oz. Size) Mandarin Orange Segments In Juice
  • 1 whole Lemon, Juiced
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 whole Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 head Red Leaf Or Romaine Lettuce
  • 9 ounces, weight Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1-½ cup Craisins
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Madarin Orange Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • ¼ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • FOR THE SUGARED ALMONDS:
  • 1 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar

Preparation

Drain off both cans of Mandarin oranges and reserve juice for dressing. Set oranges aside.

Make the dressing ahead of time by whisking together all the ingredients in a medium bowl until sugar is dissolved. Chill for at least 1 hour before using.

For the sugared almonds, in a medium saute pan, combine almonds and sugar. Cook on medium high heat for about 5-7 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent burning. You just want the sugar to melt and the almonds to be slightly toasted. Pour out onto a plate and let cool.

For the salad, Juice the lemon and pour into a medium bowl. Combine with water. Core and thinly slice apples into rings and then cut into quarters. Place apples in lemon water and let sit while you make the rest of the salad. This helps prevent the apples from browning.

Rinse your Romaine lettuce and tear into bite size pieces. In a large salad bowl, combine spinach, Romaine, orange segments, craisins and sugared almonds. Drain apples slices and add to the salad. Toss with chilled salad dressing and serve immediately.

Note: you can make this salad ahead of time, but just wait until ready to serve before tossing with dressing.

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tammyhershberger on 4.10.2012

A word of caution after making this again tonight… if anyone would think that using plain non-fat yogurt in place of the mayo is a good idea, it’s not. :( Definitely not! LOL Stick with the mayo!

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tammyhershberger on 3.8.2012

This was absolutely fabulous and delicious! My 15 year old even said I should remember to make this next Fall when it’s my turn to feed her soccer team! I might just add grilled chicken and do that! Thanks for sharing!

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Cari on 5.4.2014

Delicious! Thanks for a yummy salad recipe

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Wilma on 9.26.2013

I have made this a few times for BBQ’s etc and have had so many compliments on it. It is such a wonderful salad!

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terriab on 6.7.2012

This was outstanding. I got a lot of compliments on this salad and will be making it often. As someone said to me, it was like an explosion of flavor in my mouth!

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tammyhershberger on 3.8.2012

This was absolutely fabulous and delicious! My 15 year old even said I should remember to make this next Fall when it’s my turn to feed her soccer team! I might just add grilled chicken and do that! Thanks for sharing!

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