Friday, April 9, 2010

Jonna's Fab Salad

I have been away from the computer most of this week while I enjoy lots of uninterrupted time with my family during spring break. I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a recipe, but I probably won’t be posting again until Monday. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below if you haven’t yet! As soon as I saw Jonna’s favorite salad at Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake, I knew I was going to make it. I love salad. It’s the first thing I look for on a menu when I eat out. Since I was making a salad to take to my parents’ for Easter Sunday dinner, I decided to give this one a try. I have made similar salads before, but this dressing was new. It was a delicious addition to the plate FULL of goodies. I recieved lots of compliments on this salad.

I added less than a tablespoon of mustard to the dressing, but that was the only change to the dressing. (Jonna recommends adding the oranges shortly before serving.) I did use the mushrooms for the salad (even though Jonna doesn’t) and I threw in some dried cranberries because I love them in salad. I served the bacon (which I didn’t put on my salad) and the almonds (which I DID have) on the side since there are some people who wouldn’t/can’t have them. I absolutely inhaled this salad. I had it on the side with some juicy turkey my mom made and other yummy side dishes, but I will be eating this as a main dish with a roll soon.

Jonna's Fab Salad
1 head lettuce
1 bunch spinach
3/4 lb. sliced mushrooms
3/4 lb. grated Swiss or Mozzarella Cheese
1 red onion
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 c. mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 c. carmelized toasted almonds (see below for instructions)

3/4 T. poppy seeds
1/3 c. White vinegar
3/4 c. oil
1/3 c. sugar
1 T. grated onion (opt)
3/4 t. salt
2 T. prepared mustard

Cook sugar and almonds over low heat until light brown. Mix first 5 ingredients; sprinkle almonds, bacon, and oranges over the top. Serve with Poppy seed dressing. I even made my own caramelized roasted almonds like Jonna. It was the first time making them and I'm not sure if they turned out exactly right, but I liked them.

Toss 1/2 cups of slivered Almonds and 3 Tablespoons sugar over low heat until light brown.


  1. My daughter does one similar to this with pears, caramelized almonds and craisens. She used poppy seed dressing on the top. This one looks like it would be equally delicious. I think I feel like salad this weekend!

  2. Your picture makes that salad look deliciously divine! Thanks for sharing! Tomorrow would be a great day for a salad and I have almonds!

  3. I wish my family liked salads as much as I do! It's hard to get them away from iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing:)

    I think this salad looks fabulous.

  4. OH wow what a good looking salad! This would be great to take to our next family potluck. Thankyou!


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