Salads are a favorite at my house especially during the summer months. This Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad is one of our favorites. If it has bacon, I like it! This salad is very versatile and you can make it your own by adding other fruits, nuts, etc.
5 pieces bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled (save drippings)
1 (15 ounce can mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained, reserve syrup (You could use fresh oranges in the salad and orange juice in the dressing)
2 to 3 cups fresh baby spinach
1/3 cup purple onion, cut up or chopped (could use green onion or just regular onion)
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (could use toasted almonds or just about any kind of nuts you like)
3 to 4 tablespoons bacon drippings
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup light mandarin orange syrup
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar, Optional
Combine salad ingredients and toss to mix well. Combine dressing ingredients and heat until warm. I put my dressing in a small pitcher like a cream pitcher and let each person add the amount they want at the table. Salad will keep in the fridge for a couple days without dressing.
Makes 4 to 6 servings. Enjoy!
Note: You can buy sesame seeds already toasted in the spice section of your supermarket or you can put them on a baking sheet and toast in 325 degree oven about 10 minutes until brown. I love using sesame seeds in all kinds of recipes because they are very rich in calcium.
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