7.28.2012

Classic Mandarin Orange Salad from DOLE #tropicalfruit

As a mom, I am always looking for ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals and snacks for my kids (and heck for me and my hubby too!). DOLE Pineapple - in all forms, crushed, chunks, and slices - is actually a pantry staple in our house. We add it to pizzas, broccoli slaw salads, desserts - you name it! 


Beyond pineapple, my kids LOVE the DOLE Mandarin Oranges...
Like as in they could eat an entire can each...every day.
I was super exited when I was presented with the opportunity
to try out this yummy recipe from DOLE.

The Classic Mandarin Orange Salad combines so many of my favorite flavors...
I knew this would be a hit, with the star of the show being the Mandarin Oranges (that is how I am going to get my kiddos to try it..lure them in with the Mandarin Oranges!)




First I headed out to pick up some Mandarin Oranges at Safeway. I was very fortunate that I got to shop alone (in the summer! Thank yo Molly for hanging out with my kiddos!). I headed to the larger Safeway in my area. I always like to see what is being offered over their. I went looking for the Canned Fruit aisle right away. 

I got super lucky...it was Buy One Get one Free if you had the club card!
I am stocking up on Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple...
and trying the #TropicalFruit for the first time!
Later in the week, I invited Molly (my super helpful friend!)
over and we all had Classic Mandarin Orange Salad for lunch.
I really liked this salad.
It is fresh and tangy, and full of good for you ingredients.
I eat salads a lot and I like to mix a lot of different ingredients together, so I was pleasantly surprised with salty, savory, and sweet combination of flavors.


DOLE Classic Mandarin Orange Salad

INGREDIENTS
1 Package DOLE Spinach or other DOLE salad variety
1 Can )11 or 15 ox.) DOLE Mandarin Oranges
1/2 Sliced Ripe Olives
1/2 cup chopped DOLE red onion
1/2 cup light balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 crumbled feta cheese



MAKE IT!
This recipe is pretty simple and packs a big punch!
And takes on a few minutes to prepare!

Combine spinach, onions, mandarin oranges, and olive sin a large serving bowl.

Toss with the balsamic vinaigrette and top with the crumbled feta cheese.

Now ENJOY! 

I liked the flavors of this salad a lot and  also had a few ideas for experimenting with it...perhaps a crunch of some toasted sunflower seeds or crunchy Chinese noodles.

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So, what do you think?
Do you like fruit in your salads...if you have not tried it you should!
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8 comments :

  1. I would love to fix that salad for lunch tomorrow.

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  2. Sounds yum, we like spinach, mandarin oranges and feta.

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  3. Oh.K. Now that looks really good! Perfect for Summer BBQ...So fresh- love it! Thank you for sharing!
    Jen

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  4. this is a GREAT way to make myself "eats me spinach" :) Seriously, it looks delish!
    JoAnn

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  5. We LOVE the tropical fruit! It's so good and we put a little cool whip on it for dessert!
    I think I will make this salad tomorrow. I have all of the ingredients...and I might add pecans to it.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I go in streaks with salad. Sometimes I love them and other times I have just had too much! But I am on a salad eating kick right now so I am going to try this out!

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  7. Yum! Thanks for sharing this one. My kids are big mandarin orange fans as well and I love them tossed in a good salad.

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  8. Looks great and a perfect lunch!

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