Saturday, June 6, 2009

SPINACH and ORANGE SALAD

I am addicted to a great super-simple salad. It is basically baby spinach, orange segments, avocado and sliced almonds. The orange segments make the salad so juicy, that I don't even need a dressing, although there is an orange vinaigrette for those who would like one. It is refreshing and quick to fix (not to mention it also goes with anything from the grill).

4 cups fresh baby spinach
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 large Haas avocado peeled, and sliced
2 tablespoons sliced almonds toasted

This recipe makes 4 salads. Rinse and dry baby spinach and divide onto four plates. Slice the ends of the orange off and use a knife to peel the orange. Slice in between the segments so you get only the best part of the orange. Arrange the orange and avocado on the spinach and top with toasted nuts.

Orange Vinaigrette:
In a jar, put 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange zest, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons salad oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, dash black pepper. Put the lid on the jar and shake well.

14 comments:

Katy ~ said...

Now I love spinach, but oddly enough I don't know that I've ever eaten it raw in a salad. Even so, I would LOVE, LOVE this salad as well. Wonder combination of ingredients. I love avocado and oranges together!!

Donna-FFW said...

Love the idea of orange viniagrette over this salad.

~Carole said...

Mmmm, looks so good. I love simple salads in the summer.

Linda said...

This looks fabulous. I love fruit and greens together and I really like the addition of the avocado!

Heidi said...

What a great sounding simple salad!

Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds like a great combination of flavors!

Denise said...

We are BBQ'ing this weekend. Will give this a try.

Kerstin said...

Love all the ingredients you use, it looks lovely!

Ingrid said...

Mmmmm,I love salads and just recently realized that I like fruit in my salad.

Wow, you have a ton of recipes that I've missed.
~ingrid

Kristen said...

Avacadoes are one of my favorite things to put in salad!

girlichef said...

Simple and delicious...I bet I'd love it, too. I love all of the components, so... YUM :)

Lara said...

I pretty much LOVE every ingredient in here...the avocados, baby spinach, mandarin oranges, etc...but have never had them all together before. Yum, yum!

teresa said...

This looks so sweet and creamy with the avacado, I can see why it's your favorite!

Kim said...

I've been craving salads lately and I just bought ingredients for a salad a lot like this. Great minds think alike!!
Looks so colorful and healthy : )