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Beautiful Salad

Beautiful Salad

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WENDYINTEXAS

A spur-of-the-moment creation when I wanted something with a great flavor punch and lots of color, plus quick to prepare---this one fills the bill, with baby spinach and colorful cranberries and mandarin oranges, plus the crunch of sweetened almonds and the pungent feta cheese---a new favorite at our house! You may substitute blue cheese for the feta and any kind of sweetened pecans or walnuts, if desired, for the almonds.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 459 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 29.5 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.9g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 811 mg
  • 32%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Place servings of spinach onto salad plates. Top with red onion, mandarin oranges, cranberries, sliced almonds and feta cheese in that order. Drizzle dressing over each salad.
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WENDYINTEXAS
183
3/30/2005

I am the original poster of this recipe, and I wanted to add that I often add a crunchy green such as romaine along with the spinach, and I sometimes add thinly sliced fresh mushrooms. We tried the blush wine vinaigrette as one reviewer suggested, and it was very good, but we still prefer the depth of flavor and punch the balsamic vinaigrette provides. Thanks for all the positive comments!

SJEVES
65
1/14/2006

My honey said it was the best salad he has ever had. I made it ahead of time and added the cheese just before serving. Thanks! I will be making this one alot :)

joesgirljeri
57
4/20/2005

This was wonderful! It was such a nice break from regular salad, it was light but very filling with the nuts and cranberries. I added romaine lettuce for a different texture, and used sugared almonds instead of honey roasted ones. We served it at a dinner party with the Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (found on this site) and it was delicious.