Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

A Stunning Salad

I catered a luncheon yesterday and made a beautiful spinach salad.  Spinach is a really good green to use when you are doing a buffet because it doesn’t wilt as easily.  The colors in this salad are stunning.  You can substitute any kind of crumbly cheese, also I might add some toasted, slivered almonds.

PS My daughter, Zoe told me I should have bigger pictures in my blog!

Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Serves 6

2 oranges, zested
2 small oranges, juiced or 1 large orange, juiced
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs honey
1 clove garlic, peeled
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, sliced
11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
10 to 12 oz pre-washed spinach
4 oz crumbled feta

In a blender, combine the orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. With the blender running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until combined.

To serve, put the spinach, onion, feta cheese and mandarin oranges in a large bowl. Toss with enough of the vinaigrette to coat the spinach.

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