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A Season of Salads: Mandarin orange and blueberry salad with poppy seed dressing

March 3, 2016

We eat lots of salads, but I’m always looking for inspiration to spruce up the salad scene at our house! And I don’t know about y’all, but the warmer the temperatures get, the more I crave a light, fresh, and colorful salad. Today’s post is the first in a mini-series where I’ll share some of my favorite salads, from some of my favorite people!

Today’s salad is a recipe from one of my closest friends, Alyssa. Alyssa and I met our freshman year of college, and I’m telling you– friends as thoughtful and caring as she are few and far between!

Photo by Amanda Watson Photography

Photo by Amanda Watson Photography

This salad is one Alyssa’s mom has made for years, and it’s one of Alyssa’s go-tos for potlucks. With the perfect combination of salty and sweet, I can only imagine how quickly this one goes!





– spinach
– cashew nuts
– mandarin oranges
– blueberries
– dried cranberries

poppy seed dressing:
– 3/4 cup sugar*
– 1 teaspoon dry mustard
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
– 1 1/2 tablespoons minced onion
– 1 cup olive oil
– 1 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds

To make the dressing, combine first four ingredients, gradually adding onions. Slowly add remaining ingredients. Dress and toss over salad, and serve immediately. Dressing may be made ahead of time and will dress several salads.

Do me a favor, and try this one! It will satisfy so many cravings all at once!

Any other salad lovers out there with go-to recipes?! I’d love to hear!

*This dressing is pretty sweet, so I’m sure you could reduce the amount of sugar the recipe calls for if you wanted!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Lindsay March 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    You two are the prettiest. Although to be honest, that beautiful salad is giving y’all a run for your money. 😉

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