Sunday, March 30, 2014

Eat: Spinach 'n Orange Salad

On Thursday I decided to head home for the weekend (I know, how spontaneous of this I-even-plan-when-to-brush-my-teeth girl!). It was my Grandma's 84th birthday on Saturday so my whole family, my aunt's family, and my uncle's family were all going to be at my parents for dinner on Saturday night. Friday night was a relaxing night of just me, my parents, and the Sioux hockey game - Parker was out of town coaching another youth hockey tryout. Then Saturday night everyone got together to celebrate Grandma and I really think everyone had a blast.

Along with the steak birthday dinner we also had Grandma's favorite salad, Spinach 'n Orange Salad - I call it Easter Salad because all my memories of it are from Easter brunches growing up. I thought now would be the perfect time to share because it's such a springtime salad - maybe you want to make it for Easter or another Spring or Summer meal. Plus, it's topped with homemade caramelized almonds so maybe you just want to make it for whenever because those babies are delicious!

What you need:
8-10 oz. fresh spinach (or Romaine - we used a bag of 'Spring Mix')
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 large Navel oranges, peeled & cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup celery, sliced
4 green onions, sliced

What you do:
Wash, trim, and dry the spinach - if you used a bag of Romaine or some other type of lettuce this won't be necessary.

Heat sugar in small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar melts - it will look like the brownish liquid below once melted.

Add almonds and heat, stirring constantly until almonds become caramelized. Cool on foil or waxed paper. We spread them out on a cookie sheet.

When cool, chop or break it into bite-size pieces.

If necessary, tear your spinach or lettuce into bite-size pieces. Toss with almonds, oranges, celery, and onions. You can prepare all of this ahead of time and just add the dressing (below) when you're ready to serve!

What you need for the salad dressing:
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Dash of Tobasco sauce

Combine the above ingredients for the salad dressing. When you're ready to serve pour the dressing over the salad and toss to mix thoroughly. Voila!

Let me know if you try it! It's such a refreshing side dish at this time of year. 

1 comment:

  1. This looks so yummy! My husband loves salads, so I'm gonna have to try this one out! :)


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