One of my favorite winter holiday salads is a mixture of spinach and mandarin oranges. This is a simple one to toss together when the markets are full of those boxes of fresh oranges, ready for tucking into the toe of a Christmas stocking!
I use summer-picked raspberries from my freezer for a delicious vinaigrette dressing, and toss in some nuts and/or cheese for a “full meal” salad or decadent side dish.
Raspberry & Orange Spinach Salad
2 Quarts clean, tossed Spinach and/or mixed greens
2-3 Mandarin Oranges, peeled & sectioned
1 recipe Perfect Salad Dressing (omit garlic)
1/2 Cup frozen Raspberries, thawed
1 Cup chopped Walnuts or Almond slivers
1 Cup crumbled Feta, Gorgonzola, or Bleu Cheese*, optional
1/3 Cup dried Cranberries, optional
Sprinkle of Poppy Seeds, optional
Combine thawed raspberries (including juice) and salad dressing; whisk well to combine. Adjust seasoning as necessary (you may want to add some additional sweetening, if the berries are sour). Set aside.
Fill a salad bowl with the spinach/greens, and top with orange sections, nuts, and cheese. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and dried cranberries, if desired. Serve with the raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Note: Bleu Cheese is usually not gluten-free; avoid this if it is a concern.