Thursday, February 4, 2016

Yummy Healthy Spinach Salad

This recipe was shared on Facebook with no title, so I gave it one.  Oh goodness.  Here is a quote from the original post: "This SPINACH-based salad will boost the thyroid gland's output of metabolism-reviving hormones!"


5 oz. fresh spinach (half a 10-oz. bag)
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 15-oz. can mandarin oranges (or fresh Cuties/Halos, or 1 cup pomegranate seeds.  I used the mandarins.)
1 large Granny Smith apple, cut in bite-size pieces
1 t. lemon juice
1/3 cup pecans--I toasted mine in butter and a little sea salt
Optional: Feta cheese & orecchiette pasta (did you know that means little ears?)

Dressing: (I made this separately, in case I needed to adjust the amount I poured on the salad):
4 T. olive oil or vegetable oil
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. white wine vinegar
2-4 t. white sugar (or honey or Stevia to taste)--I used 3 t. sugar
1/8 t. each of paprika, onion powder
1 T. poppy seeds

Just throw it all together and enjoy!

I also added grilled chicken to this.  Makes a great main dish salad that way.

Source:  Tammy Elmore, Facebook, 1/5/16.

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