Sunday, December 6, 2009

Green Salad with Almonds and Orange Dressing

This is a great salad to have during the winter months, because it uses oranges and jicama and things that are found in the winter. I had a little bit of a hard time finding jicama, but found some beautiful ones at the Mexican market near our home.

Green Salad with Almonds and Orange Dressing

1 large head leaf lettuce, washed, dried and chilled
1 medium red onion, sliced into rings
1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
1 small jicama peeled and cut into julienne (matchstick sized) strips
4 ounces sliced almonds
3 TBSP sugar

Orange Dressing:

½ tsp grated orange peel
1/3 c. fresh orange juice
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
½ c. vegetable oil
2 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP Good Seasons dry Italian dressing mix

Place first 4 ingredients in a salad bowl; chill. In a small skillet sprinkle 3 TBSP sugar over the almonds and cook over medium heat until almonds are coated and sugar has dissolved. (They brown quickly; do not burn.) Place in a small bowl and allow to cool.

Mix dressing in a shaker jar; chill. Pour salad dressing over chilled salad and sprinkle sugared almonds over all. Toss and serve.

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