This salad is easy to make and is the perfect winter season salad!
This salad is personally one of my favorites! I have been eating it a couple of times a week. it is easy enough for a weeknight but a little fancy so can be used for company! If you use it on a weeknight it definitely takes a boring side salad over the top in delicious flavors. It is a beautiful and colorful salad and light and refreshing! It is a feel good salad!
This salad has it all! It is a power mix of greens, with mandarin oranges, slices of red onion, candied almonds, and a sprinkle of parmesan or feta cheese. Topped with an easy maple vinaigrette dressing this salad will become a favorite very quickly. It is healthy, light, sweet, tart and crunchy. So good and so good for you!
This salad I mostly make as a side dish, but I know it would quickly become a great dinner salad by adding grilled chicken or even some skirt steak on top! I know if you make this you too will want to make it again and again!
Mixed Green Salad with Oranges and Cranberries
Note: This salad can be made with the choice of argali ( my favorite green ) or you can leave it out and use baby spring mix and even just romaine works if you are in a pinch or my husband who only likes romaine and iceberg. The candied almonds are not hard to make and they definitely are a must for the extra crunch. You can use parmesan or feta cheese which ever you prefer! Making a vinaigrette is so easy! I included a recipe that I always use for my salads.
8 oz., baby spinach, roughly chopped
4 oz. arugula ( optional )
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
1 can of mandarin oranges, drained or 2 fresh ones works too!
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup candied almonds
1/4 cup Maple vinaigrette
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded or feta crumbles
- First, make the candied almonds. It is simple to make. Melt a teaspoon of butter in a large skillet. when it starts to foam add the 1/2 cup sliced almonds and stir to coat with the butter. When they are hot and a little toasted sprinkle in a tablespoon sugar and stir constantly as it melts onto them. This should only take a few minutes. After it has caramelized remove form heat and let cool on some parchment paper. Use a fork to break apart so they are not clumped all together. Once cooled you can toss them into this salad!
- Combine the spinach, arugula ,onion, oranges, cranberries and candied almonds in a large mixing bowl. toss to combine and drizzle with some vinaigrette. Sprinkle with the parmesan on top of the salad.
- To make a Maple vinaigrette. Combine 1/2 cup light olive oil, 1/4 cup whit champagne or balsamic vinegar, 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.