Diane’s Famous Spinach Salad

Diane’s Famous Spinach Salad
Created 06/11/08

1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon parsley (fresh or dried)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Couple grinds of fresh cracked pepper
10 drops of Tabasco sauce – do not deviate from this – it makes the dressing

About 1/2 cup to 1 cup sliced Almonds
1 large can of Mandarin Oranges drained
1/2 sweet onion sliced very thin
4-5 stalks of Celery chopped
1 package of baby spinach organic
1 package romaine lettuce organic

Put sliced almonds in saute pan with about 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar (not the sugar used for the dressing this is additional sugar). Over medium high heat continuously stir almonds with sugar for about 10 to 15 minutes until all the sugar has evaporated and coated the almonds. Almost like a crystallized effect on the almonds. Remove from the heat and spread the almonds single layer onto parchment paper until cooled.

In large bowl, put baby spinach and romaine lettuce in bowl. Or you can just use one or the other, I think it gives a great salad using both. Sprinkle mandarin oranges on top, onions, celery.

Prior to serving sprinkle almonds on top of salad, and pour dressing toss well and serve.


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