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Simple Salad Dressing and Mandarin Almond Salad

Mandarin Almond Salad

If you're not thrilled with the salad dressing you can find in the store, try homemade!  It's super easy, I promise, and you probably already have the ingredients.  I'll include the full salad recipe I use with the dressing too. 

Dressing: 
1/4c white vinegar
1 1/2tb sugar
1/2 tsp salt
pepper
3/4c oil

Put ingredients in a tupperware container and shake well, or just stir it.  I told you it was easy.

Salad:
1 package of slivered almonds
1-2 heads Boston Lettuce
1 c mandarin oranges
4 green onions chopped
1 ripe avocado
a handful of Craisins
1/4th cup sugar-- yes, sugar.

Ok, so put the sugar in a skillet over low heat until it begins to carmelize, then add the almonds and stir until they're all coated and slightly browned.  Spoon them out onto wax paper, or a cookie sheet, and try not to let them clump up.  Spread them out flat.  When they cool, break them up into little pieces since they stick together otherwise.  It's a pain in the ass, but worth it in the end.  Toss together with the lettuce, oranges, green onions, avocado, craisins and salad dressing at serving time.

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January 2008

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