Tuesday Tidbits #122 Strawberry Mandarin Spinach Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Do you need the perfect… Spring or Summer Salad?

I’ve got the Salad for you!

Strawberry Mandarin Spinach Salad

And this salad has a lovely Orange Juice Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Strawberry Mandarin Spinach Salad with a lovely Orange Juice Balsamic Vinaigrette.

I was inspired by Mary’s Asparagus Strawberry Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette from Home is Where the Boat Is. I changed things up a bit as I didn’t have Asparagus or pecans.

First I made the vinaigrette. I used her recipe but left out the Dijon mustard, I used honey not sugar and did not add salt or pepper.

Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Orange Juice

2 T white balsamic vinegar

2 t honey

Shake until we’ll combined.

Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Assembling the Spinach Salad ingredients came next.

I placed fresh spinach on the salad plate. I cut the strawberries and before placing them on the Spinach I soaked them in some of the vinaigrette. Next I peeled a fresh mandarin orange for the salad and placed the segments on the spinach. I did not have pecans so I used Walnut pieces and I did not coat the walnuts in cinnamon sugar… they were just plain. I had a few blueberries and placed them on the salad as well. (Blueberries are optional.) After a few minutes, the Strawberries were ready and I placed them on the Spinach.

When I served the Salad I then dressed it with the delicious Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette. It was a wonderful accompaniment to our grilled chicken.

I hope you give it a try!