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Mandarin Orange Salad

October 12, 2011 in salad - No Comments - 2 min read

On Sunday, my husband ran the Portland Marathon.  He’d been training with his friend Cody for quite some time.  My college roommate and good friend, Katie (who just happens to be Cody’s wife) and I watched them in the drizzle and tracked their progress on-line.  When it was over, both boys could hardly walk.  Katie and I had a good chuckle watching them limp back to the car.  We told them they looked like the walking invalids and should proudly display their race shirt and bib so people didn’t look at us funny.  I’m sure they made a good comment under their breath, but we were laughing too hard to hear them.  I suppose I’d look like death warmed over if I ran 26.2 miles too.  That’s why I’m smart and don’t do things like that.

That’s also why I make yummy food to keep my boy going.  You know, to fuel the fire that keeps him running 4+ hours on Saturday mornings, and paying large sums of money to run on pavement.  But that’s okay.  All joking aside, he has his hobby and I was glad that I could be out in the rain cheering him on.  (I was so proud of him!)  Katie and I had a great time, and even took a nice little break in the middle of their run for some Starbucks mochas.  Ahhh, gotta love Starbucks.

Anyway, I digressed.  This is a delicious salad to make for a hungry crowd.  Even a few boys who ran 26.2 miles in the rain.  They’ll have seconds, and maybe even thirds.  But don’t worry, it makes plenty.  And, maybe in a few years, my husband might convince me to run a half marathon.  Half, I say.  I’m not that crazy. xoxo

Mandarin Orange Salad

printable recipe

½ c sliced almonds
½ c chopped celery
5 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
4 green onions, chopped
1 11-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 c sliced strawberries
1 c sliced artichoke hearts
1 bag mixed greens

½ t salt
¼ t pepper
¼ c olive oil
½ t dried parsley
2 T sugar
2 T white vinegar

In a large bowl, mix all salad ingredients.  In a small container, mix the dressing ingredients, shaking well.  Pour over salad just before serving, mixing to combine.

Serves: 6-8


Thanks for stopping by! I love baking and hope these recipes inspire you to create something wonderful in your kitchen. xoxo

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