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Vera’s Simple Spinach Salad

Vera’s Simple Spinach Salad

Monday, Apr 11, 2016

** Look for this recipe and others in the Herald Sun Food Section. SEEDS recipes will be featured every other week! The recipes are written by Vera Braswell, SEEDS Volunteer and Owner of Temple Ministries

Spinach is a fast growing vegetable that grows best in cool weather like in the early Spring and Fall.  There are several varieties of spinach: savoy (Bloomsdale is common with thick, succulent crinkled leaves. This variety grows close to the ground.); semi-savoy; and flat-leaf varieties.  To make this salad, use one variety or mix several.  Spinach is a good source for iron, folate, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, as well as some omega-3 fatty acids.  If you’re not growing your own spinach, consider buying it local at a farmer’s market.  This recipe is colorful, healthy, and delicious!  It is also very easy to make. 

INGREDIENTS

1 lb  of freshly washed spinach

½ cup of dried cranberries

½ cup of sliced red onion

4 Cutie seedless oranges, peeled and separated into slices

¼ cup of Italian dressing

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spin the spinach leaves in a salad spinner or pat leaves with clean paper towels to remove excess water.
  2. Put spinach in a large bowl.
  3. Add the sliced red onion.
  4. Add the orange slices.
  5. Add the cranberries.
  6. Pour Italian dressing over the top.
  7. Toss / mix well.
  8. Serve immediately or cover with a tight fitting lid and chill in the refrigerator.