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Asian Spinach Salad with Orange and Avocado


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon (generous) Asian sesame oil
  • 1 6-ounce bag baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Pinkerton or Fuerte avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

Recipe Preparation

  • Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set dressing aside.

  • Cut off peel and white pith from orange. Cut orange into 1/3-inch rounds; cut rounds crosswise in half. Add spinach to dressing; toss to coat. Add avocado and orange; toss gently.

Recipe by Bon Appétit Test Kitchen,

Nutritional Content

Nutritional Information One serving contains the following: Calories (kcal) 152.90 % Calories from Fat 65.6 Fat (g) 11.22 Saturated Fat (g) 1.37 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14.20 Dietary Fiber (g) 6.19 Total Sugars (g) 3.48 Net Carbs (g) 8.00 Protein (g) 2.47Reviews Section

10 Green Salads Featuring Fruit (Including Strawberry Spinach and Watermelon Avocado)

I have tested a variety of side salads that are made as green salads but feature fruits such as apples, oranges, pears, and mangoes. In most cases, the original recipes were for 6 to 8 side salads. I have adjusted the quantities down so that each recipe makes 2 side salads, except the Waldorf, which I left at 6 servings.

These are the recipes that are included in this article:

  • Strawberry Spinach
  • Mango, Avocado, and Cilantro with Spring Mix Greens
  • Blackberry Pear Asian
  • Beet, Orange, and Arugula
  • Watermelon and Avocado
  • Waldorf Salad with Apples and Raisins on Romaine
  • Grilled Peach and Blue Cheese
  • Pear and Spinach with Gorgonzola
  • Orange Romaine
  • English Farmhouse with Apples and Spring Mix Greens

Strawberry Spinach Salad with gorgonzola cheese, red onions, and sliced almonds


AVOCADO AND CITRUS SPINACH SALAD

Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking
by Beverly Lynn Bennett & Ray Sammartano
Serve this salad in the winter and spring when citrus fruits begin to flood the market.
Prep Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Serving size: 1½ cups
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients
• 1 (5-oz.) pkg. baby spinach
• 2 medium Hass avocados, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and thinly sliced
• 2 oranges, peeled and cut into segments
• 1 ruby red grapefruit or other grapefruit of choice, peeled and cut into segments
• 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
• 1/3 cup raw sliced almonds or raw pumpkin seeds (optional)
• Juice and zest of 1 orange
• Juice of 1/2 ruby red grapefruit or other grapefruit of choice
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• Sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
1.
In a large bowl, combine spinach, avocados, oranges, grape- fruit, and onion. Sprinkle almonds (if using) over top of salad.

2. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together orange juice and zest, grapefruit juice, and olive oil. Taste, season with salt and black pepper, and whisk again. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss, or simply drizzle over individual servings.

Variation: For extra flavor and texture, replace 1/2 of baby spinach with baby arugula, and scatter alfalfa sprouts, radish sprouts, or micro-greens over the salad.

Thyme-ly Tip: Here's a tip to keep avocados from discoloring: after you've cut the segments from the oranges and grapefruit, firmly squeeze the remaining citrus fruit sections, as well as the extra grapefruit half that wasn't used in preparing the dressing, over the sliced avocados. Gently toss to evenly coat avocados with the juice, and add to spinach.


  • Pecans– I like to buy the pecan halves in bulk from Costco and keep them in my freezer so they stay fresh.
  • Bacon– I recommend using original or hickory smoked. Baking time will depend on the thickness. You can also chop and then pan fry.
  • Spinach– A large 1 pound container of baby spinach from Costco is most affordable. Break off any long and tough stems.
  • Apple– Any sweet apple like Fuji, Gala, or Honey Crisp works great.
  • Avocado– These are perfectly ripe when they give slightly when squeezed. As soon as they get to that point, place them in the fridge crisper until ready to use.
  • Dried Cranberries– Adds another layer of texture and sweetness to the salad.
  • Feta Cheese– Such a yummy cheese that is easy to throw on salads.
  • Poppy Seed Dressing– My favorite dressing in the whole world! I always have a jar of this in my fridge. For a more vibrant pink color, use the outer layers of the onion that are darker purple.

    Toast the Pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 7-8 minutes until fragrant and toasted. Let cool.

Turn oven up to 425 degrees F. Lay bacon strips on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Chop when cooled enough to handle.

In a large salad mixing bowl, toss together spinach, apples, avocados, cranberries, feta cheese, pecans, bacon and dressing. Serve immediately.

Nuts– Use a different kind of nut like walnuts or sliced almonds
Greens– Massaged Kale would be great in this salad!
Cheese– I like feta in this salad but goat cheese is delicious as well. Shredded white cheddar is also a good substitute.
Fruit– You can use any kind of sweet apple or substitute with pear.

Parts of it. You can cook the bacon and pecans and prep the spinach ahead of time but I recommend waiting to cut the avocado and apple until right before serving since they turn brown.
Once the salad is tossed in dressing it won’t last more than 2 hours before the spinach starts to wilt. Only toss together what you are planning to eat immediately or just add dressing to salads individually.


Ingredients of Orange and Avocado Salad

  • 1 orange
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon shallots (small onions)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 avocados
  • 5 leaves watercress
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

How to make Orange and Avocado Salad

Step 1

Firstly, you need to prepare a dressing for your salad. To do that, take a bowl and put extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, and orange juice.

Step 2

Now take the watercress and remove the tough stems from it and chop it further into fine pieces. Put watercress and baby spinach leaves under running water so as to remove dirt.

Step 3

When done rinsing, take an orange and peel it. Remove its pith if needed. Cut each orange pieces in half. Next take a shallot and chop it finely.

Step 4

Take avocado, peel and cut it in half, removing the seed. Slice them further into relatively small parts. In a bowl, add all the ingredients except the dressing and pour the dressing over. Serve fresh and relish.


🔪 Instructions

  1. Cut 2 kiwi fruit into kiwi flowers, if desired. Slice the remaining 2 kiwi fruit. You can peel them first if you'd like, but it's not necessary unless the skin is tough.
  2. Add washed and dried spinach leaves to a large shallow bowl or rimmed platter.
  3. Arrange kiwi fruit, orange sections, avocado and pomegranate arils on top.
  4. If you're not serving it right away, add the avocado just before serving to prevent it from turning brown.
  5. Blend the avocado dressing ingredients together in a food processor, drizzle on the salad and serve.

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Secret Mandarin Orange Salad

Put the first 6 ingredients in a blender and blend well. While the blender is still running, slowly add the 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Blend until emulsified (thickened). This keeps the dressing from separating. If desired, at this point you could stir in the following ingredients:

1 tablespoon minced dry parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion

Pour into a storage container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

ALMONDS:
1 cup sliced almonds
5 rounded tablespoons sugar

In a skillet, cook almonds and sugar over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is melted and almonds are brown and sugar coated. Turn out onto a plate to cool and break apart.

SALAD:
8 cups of lettuce greens (Spring greens, romaine, iceberg) torn into bite size pieces
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 green onions, sliced thin, (I like only the green part)
2 small cans mandarin oranges, drain and reserve juice for the avocado
1 large or 2 small avocadoes, chopped into small chunks and put in the reserved juice (keeps avocado from turning brown)
2 kiwi's, peeled and sliced

PREPARATION:
Toss together with just enough of the dressing to coat the lettuce. Do not drown the greens. Garnish with the caramelized almonds.


Why is this Spinach Salad so amazing?

  1. It’s SWEET! Helps me to eat healthy and satisfy that sweet tooth.
  2. It’s full of FRESH BERRIES which are delicious but also beautiful. Who doesn’t love pretty food?!
  3. It’s so CREAMY! If you’ve never tried goat cheese in salad you are missing out. When it gets mixed with the dressing it makes a creamy mess (as does a ripe avocado) and it’s a dream!
  4. The FLAVOR! It’s sweet but also has a bit of salt from the pepitas. The seasoning on the chicken is also bomb. The chili powder and paprika on the chicken taste so yummy in combination with the dressing and berries.
  5. It’s FILLING! The chicken adds lots of protein to the salad and the fat from the avocado, goat cheese, and dressing help you feel satiated (full). Plus, the heat of the spices on the chicken taste bomb with the sweet poppy seed dressing.


ORANGE AVOCADO SALAD TIPS

  1. Avocados have a neutral flavor, so you need to add a variety of flavors and contrasts to make it interesting.
  2. Adding Mandarin Oranges from DOLE Fridge Packs is a perfect complement to avocados when combined with a bitter type of green. Plus, it makes the salad nutrient dense with at least 1 serving of fruit.
  3. Nuts are another great texture and nutrient-dense factor to add to your salads. Toasted, roasted, salted, or not is all optional. Likewise, the type of nut is optional.
  4. Make citrus dressing that makes the fruit sweetness shine, yet adds a slight tangy balance.
  5. Adding fruit juice to the salad dressing is a great way to enforce the sweetness and fruity flavor in your salad.
  6. Never dress your salads in advance. Always dress right before serving.
  7. The extra salad dressing can be used as a marinade, a dipping sauce, or sandwich spread if mixed with mayo.
  8. Dress your greens first with a tablespoon of dressing before layering the rest of the ingredients.

This Avocado Orange Salad is a MUST try when you’re busy looking for a quick dinner, lunch, or potluck recipe entertaining or just simply feel like a delicious salad plate!