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.
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Kitchen Sink Salad
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