Fruit & Spinach Poppy Seed Salad

It’s not too late to squeeze in a little salad before it gets too cold.  Here’s a yummy salad if you want something new to eat.

1 bunch fresh spinach
1 bunch romaine lettuce

*1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
*1 can mandarin oranges, drained
or
*1 medium apple, thinly sliced
*1/2 cup crasins

1 cup rice noodles
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup caramelized sliced or slivered almonds
3 Tbsp sugar

*All fruit can be added when in season; but salad is delicious with any two ingredients listed above.

Caramelize almonds by toasting sugar and almonds in a large sauce pan, striring constantly on loew heat 15 minuets or until almonds are brown.  Then, gradually increase heat to medium so sugar will melt and glaze almonds.  Immediately pour onto a plate to cool and break apart like peanut brittle.  (this step is optional: add plain sliced almonds if desired.)

You can aloter amounts to your preference on any of these ingredients.  Combine all ingredients making sure to add rice noodles and nuts last so they won’t get soggy.

Poppy Seed Dressing

3/4 cup Vinegar
1 1/2 cup Canola Oil
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
1/2 tsp Salt

Pour vinegar and oil in blender, add dry ingredients.  Mix until smooth.  Stir in poppy seeds by hand.

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About melsorens

I'm a mommy who has the privilege of staying home with my three little mouths to feed and two big mouths who love to eat. I'm a believer in moderation so all of these might not be the healthiest recipes, but there is a variety and I believe in eating that way and not leaving anything out. I love good food, I like to cook, I'm not that great at it but I'm always up to try new things, share recipes and eat some more!! These are a collection of random recipes that I have in stored in a bunch of different places...this is my attempt to become more organized, so enjoy and let me know if any of these are yummy to you. View all posts by melsorens

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