It was a cold and dreary day. The temperature was dropping and there was snow on the ground. It was nearing lunchtime and I needed something that reminded me of warmer air and children playing outside. This Springtime Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing did the trick.
I like to garden and have made many salads with my fresh spinach and strawberries. Which, of course, is in the spring and summer. Which, of course, is warmer outside. You seeing where I am going here? I needed the idea of warmth and warmer times. This Springtime Salad is perfect for just that. It uses fruit that is found easily in the winter.
The poppy seed dressing is a compliment for this salad. It is light and slightly sweet. Just recently, my husband, daughter and I had an outing for her birthday. We went to out to eat and I got a salad. This salad cost me $10. The cost was hard for me to swallow. How much would the same salad cost for me to make? I know part of eating out is the dining experience, but, being the frugal gal I am, wants to save a buck too, you know?
So this salad is a close resemblance to the salad I ordered that day. The price? About $2. That is a pretty good savings! I also experienced a bit of spring that day. Blessings all around. 🙂
- 1 head green leaf lettuce
- 1 cup red or green grapes (sliced)
- ¾ cup sliced almonds
- 1 lg can mandarin oranges, drained
- ½ cup Craisins
- ⅔ cup oil
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
- ¾ tsp dry mustard
- ½ tsp poppy seeds
- ½ tsp salt
- Layer ingredients in the order listed in a large bowl.
- Set aside
- Blend all ingredients in blender or Magic Bullet until well blended.
- Pour on top of salad before serving.