I really like fruit in my salad and when I came across this recipe I knew I would have to try it. I think you could leave out the almonds if you wanted and the salad would still be delicious. This recipe is perfect for a warm summer day.
I used whole almonds because that is what I had and it worked fine. I also used bagged salad greens because the heads of lettuce did not look very good at the store I went to.
Salad with Sugared Almonds and Orange Vinaigrette
1 egg white
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup sliced almonds
2 tbsps melted butter
Preheat oven to 325º. Beat egg white at high speed in a mixing bowl until foamy. Add sugar, 1 tbsp. at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in almonds. Spread mixture in 9×9 pan with the melted butter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until nuts are dry, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes. Cool completely.
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 head Bibb lettuce, torn
1 head leaf letttuce, trn
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
10 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
1 green onion, chopped
Combine lettuces, oranges, strawberries, and green onion in a salad bowl.
Whisk all vinaigrette ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and well combined.
Add almonds and vinaigrette to salad and toss gently to coat all salad ingredients well.
Makes 6 servings.