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Mandarin and Walnut Salad

This salad works great as an easy lunch, a great weeknight side dish or even a weekend meal starter. Most of the ingredients are from the farmer’s market, so if you live in Texas (or southern Texas at least) the entire salad is in season!

This salad includes:

Arugula/Mixed Winter Greens

Mandarin Oranges


Gorgonzola Cheese

There is no exact amount of each ingredient, just add as you see fit. I would recommend using the gorgonzola sparingly as the taste is very strong.

I discovered making my own dressing about a year ago. It’s so easy, and a much healthier option. For this salad I used a very basic Vinaigrette:

Mix together:

1/2 cup olive oil

4 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp maple syrup

6 tsp dijon mustard

Add salt and pepper to taste

Shake well!

Last week I picked up this great salad dressing mixer from Crate and Barrel. At a price of only $14.95, it is a really great investment. It’s great for mixing, serving and storing!


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