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Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

Makes

12 servings

Guests are always impressed by this elegant salad's taste and appearance. They never leave the table without requesting the recipe. —Emilie Hinton, Bradley, Illinois

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red apple
  • Lemon juice
  • 6 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 6 cups torn red leaf lettuce
  • 1 small red onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/3 cup sunflower kernels, toasted
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Thinly slice apple; brush with lemon juice. In a large salad bowl, toss the spinach, lettuce, onion, oranges and apple slices. Sprinkle with sunflower kernels and bacon.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds. Stir and drizzle over salad.

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