Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad

Ok, I know it has been all summer since I have blogged. I am sure that no one even checks this blog anymore because it has been so long since I have posted. But I am back at it for the fall, I promise to blog more. I have been doing more cooking and baking and am so excited to share with you guys.

This is a salad that I ate ALL summer long. It is so good. I found it in my Our Best Bites cookbook (great cookbook). Or you can find it here.

I made this salad for family dinner one sunday. I decided to just bring all the ingredients and my immersion blender to my MIL's house. I was rushing to get the salad and dressing made because people were waiting to eat. I had everything all ready and was just taking my blender to the sink to rinse it off. I didn't want to drip the dressing everywhere when I walked from the counter to the sink with it, so I just brought the dish that they dressing was in to catch any drips. Right in front of the sink the container slipped out of my hands and hit the floor. It hit and then bounced up. Sending dressing everywhere. It was in my eyes. It was on the ceiling, the light fixtures. In place that were so unexpected. What a mess. I laughed about it, but had to make another batch of the dressing. But the salad is that good, that it made all the trouble worth the effort.

Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad

8oz (1/2 bag) Baby Spinach

1/2-1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

1/2 thinly sliced red onion

1 large avocado, cubed

8oz mozza or swiss cheese, shredded

1 pkg bacon, cooked and crumbled (I use Facon because I hate frying bacon)

1 (12oz) can Mandarin oranges, drained

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. When ready to serve toss with dressing.

Now for the dressing, the best part.

Combine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and mustard.

While blender is running, add sliced green onions

Continue running the blender and add the oil in a steady stream.

Pour into a serving dish and whisk in poppy seeds.

All I have to say is You're Welcome. You will love this salad and dressing.

Poppy Seed Dressing

1/3 cup white or white wine vinegar

1 tsp kosher salt

a few turns of freshly ground pepper

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp prepared mustard

2 tbsp sliced green onions

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp poppy seeds

In a blender, combine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and mustard. While the blender is running, add the green onion. continue running the blender and add the oil in a steady stream until it is fully incorporated.

Pour the dressing into a serving or storage container and whisk in poppy seeds (I actually leave it in my blender and just give it a mix for 5 seconds on the slowest speed). Serve over salad.


  1. looks good, too bad I broke my blender and magic bullet in one evening last week, or I would try it.

  2. this looks divine! i'm making it tonight! I never knew you had this blog...lots of good things to try!