Friday, October 2, 2009

Monika's Salad

Monika is my sister. I love it when she brings this salad to family dinners! I cropped this photo from a family time at the lake recently . . . so it is "her" salad.

Ingredients:

1/2 bag spring mix pre-washed salad greens
1/2 bag romain and iceberg mix
green onions (personal prefference)
1/2 cup fetta cheese (approx)
1/4 cup real bacon bits (approx)
2 small cans mandarin orange segments
1 cup toasted almond slices

Dressing:
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1-2 Tbsp wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce (optional)
1 tsp sugar

Method:

Prepare salad ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside. Mix dressing ingredients well and pour on just before serving.

When I make this salad, I don't add the soy sauce. I toast and caramalize blanched almonds by putting them in a Teflon pan on low to med heat, and stirring them for a few minutes. Then I sprinkle them with a few Tbsp of brown sugar and keep stirring until the sugar melts and sticks to the nuts. Warning: Don't walk away . . . keep stirring until done. Cool and sprinkle on salad.
The flavor in this salad goes well with turkey dinner.

22 comments:

  1. Reading how you fix the almonds make me want to make some for a snack.

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  2. The dressing for this salad sounds really yummy. Since I am allergic to nuts, any suggestion for what to use in their place?

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  3. I love every thing Monika makes :) I'm one of her Manitoba nieces!

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  4. I appreciate this blog a lot, I check it daily,don't comment a lot, but glean a lot from it. Keep it up!
    I make this salad as well, with the carmalized nuts....DON'T, walk away during the carmalizing process. I'm speaking from experience, and have had the chance of redoing that step :>)
    Bless you ladies!
    ~lisa

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  5. That looks delicious! I make one somewhat similar but I'd like to try your dressing. Thanks.

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  6. This is similar to a salad mixture that I already use, but I will have to try the dressing--it sounds very good!

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  7. And Monika is my SIL! It's a very rare occassion when I get to enjoy her food, so I will definitly be making this salad. Thanks Anneliesse and Monika!

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  8. this sounds yummy, definitely will add this for supper

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  9. Anneliese....love it! Right down to the tips about caramelizing nuts! Sounds soooo good. And just right to add to a healthy supper!

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  10. Yum, yum. Looks refreshing and good!

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  11. Yum! Yum!
    I love salads with fruit and nuts in it! :-)

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  12. Ah, now I get to have Monika's secret recipe! I've eaten her salad and it is great.

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  13. This looks Yummy,even when I'm not the least bit hungry.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  14. What a beautiful salad!! I am always searching for fresh side dishes like this. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Good thing I came here today....I was wondering what to make for supper (besides my cheese & crackers) and this reminded me that I do have a yummy salad (be it bagged) sitting in the fridge waiting for me! Your recipe sounds & looks so much better than mine....oh well.

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  16. This looks like a very yummy salad. I love mandarins and almonds in a salad.

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  17. Do you put the dressing on the salad or leave it in a jar? It looks like there is a bottle of dressing next to it.

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  18. Becky, good question ... I've added the method now.
    I mix the dressing in a bottle (or other container with a lid) when I prepare the salad greens etc. and then I pour on the dressing and mix it all when everything else is ready, just before serving.

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  19. This recipe is really similar to a recipe I call Dorothy's salad. . . and she calls Grace's salad.

    This one is just different enough for me now to call it Monika's salad. . thanks Anneliese.

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  20. Thanks for answering my question! I think this looks perfect for a ladies' brunch I am having on Saturday. I need all the help I can get!

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  21. I made this salad for yesterday's Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. It was a huge hit! I made exactly as written (without the soy sauce) Definitely will make again!!

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