Spinach, Mandarin and Almond Salad
I have not gotten access to my blogs but I have found a back door, so to speak, which does get me here. Of course, each time, I can't find it and search for a while before I have arrived here.
The blog is like a little house with a front door and a back door. Right now, the front door is locked and I at first, felt helpless as to what to do. Actually, I still feel pretty helpless. I have written to Blogger and they are attempting to help me. Hopefully, I will be able to come in through the front door again, soon.
I am happy, we built this Blogger cottage with a back door though. Can you imagine having no way in to your home or blog. I could write a great story about the family who could not get into their home.
I had been, in the middle of sharing some of Estee Kafra's recipes with you and then I ran into blog trouble and some complications in life in general. Hoping to get back to myself and to changing this blog a bit.
I have not used mandarin oranges in a salad in a while. There was a time, this was the big thing, and I threw them into dishes often. Then there were less recipes with the canned oranges and I was just as happy. When I first saw this recipe, I was going to sub in some fresh fruit, but now mandarin oranges are unique. The salad was great and the mandarin oranges were just right. I would make this with sliced pears in the future.
Spinach, Mandarin and Almond Salad - Estee Kafra
1 lb fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and well dried
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced (Looks like it got hidden in there.)
½ cup carrots, grated
½ cup dried cranberries
¾-1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained and patted dry
black pepper to taste
¾ cup toasted slivered almonds
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Freshly ground pepper
Wash spinach and dry thoroughly. Combine spinach with onion, bell pepper, carrots and cranberries in a large bowl.
Combine all of the dressing ingredients and place everything in a mini food processor and blend until smooth. Chill before serving.
At serving time, combine spinach mixture with salad dressing, mandarin oranges, salt and pepper; toss gently to combine. Transfer to a large platter or serving bowl and sprinkle with almonds or pine nuts. Serve immediately.
Eat and enjoy.
I'm so sorry you are having problems with your blog, Chaya. I did run into problems a couple of times when I visited. The page would just disappear! I thought it was just me. I do hope blogger can help you get in the front door soon.ReplyDelete
This salad of yours sounds so refreshing. I haven't made Spinach Salad in so long. Marion would love it with the Mandarins! Thank you so much for sharing, Chaya and Good Luck!
P.S. Did you get to "meet" Nee? I suggested she come over and link up for Meatless Mondays!
Hope you resolve your log in issue. I can still access my blogger acct.. Perhaps I can spot a resolution.ReplyDelete
Hi Chaya, I hope you manage to resolve this issue soon! The salad looks lovely and delicious!ReplyDelete
I recently had some canned mandarins, too, and found that I still like them even though they are less common recently. How is your blogger issue progressing?ReplyDelete
This salad would go down well here - it is the third straight day of 40+ Celsius degree temps.ReplyDelete
Chaya, sorry you're having issues with your blog...I too had some recently, but I was able to fix the problem. Hope you'll get it straightened out with Blogger!ReplyDelete
Your spinach salad is refreshing...a must make! Love your honey-mustard dressing, as well. It's been ages since I've used canned mandarin oranges, and actually they are so perfect and really good. I remember making what used to be called 'Oriental' Chicken salad; which in today's term is Asian, and the canned mandarin oranges were the 'main feature'...lol
After eating roasted chicken, and potatoes; both cooked with homemade Schmaltz, (newest post)...your healthy, and delicious spinach salad is a welcome! xo
Gosh, I haven't made anything with those canned mandarin segments for years either. But I remember how delicious they were, and you've made me suddenly add them to my shopping list. This salad looks great, and I think pears would make a great sub in too.ReplyDelete