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Mandarin Spinach Salad with Fresh Orange Vinaigrette

A fresh salad sounds good on a hot summer day, doesn't it? This one is full of healthy colors and fresh, crisp, textures. I think my favorite part may be the freshly-made orange vinaigrette dressing. It compliments the flavors in the salad perfectly, and you have the added bonus of knowing exactly what's in it.

This salad goes together quickly. You can even make the vinaigrette ahead of time, have everything in the fridge ready to go, and then assemble at the last minute if you want.

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Fresh Orange Vinaigrette

For the salad:
1 (6 oz.) bag of fresh baby spinach, rinsed and spun dry
1 (14 oz.) can mandarin oranges, well drained
1 (6 oz.) carton fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
sliced almonds

For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 heaping teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon (rounded) table salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon jarred minced roasted garlic or equivalent
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Combine all ingredients for vinaigrette in a lidded jar and shake well to combine. Refrigerate until needed.

2. In a large serving bowl, combine spinach, oranges, and blueberries. Toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with almonds and serve with vinaigrette.

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Notes: I like to have the can of mandarin oranges refrigerated ahead of time when possible; just a personal preference. I tend to keep a can or two in my fridge most of the time anyway.

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Caramel Frappuccino

Here's a frosty, creamy, sweet way to get your coffee fix. Just put all the ingredients in the blender for a few seconds and you're done. And you saved yourself a few bucks, too.

Caramel Frappuccinos

2 cups crushed ice
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1 cup milk
1/3 cup caramel sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
whipping cream and extra caramel sauce for topping, if desired

1. Pour crushed ice, coffee, milk, caramel sauce, and sugar into blender. Cover, and mix until desired consistency (check after about 5 seconds; time needed will depend on your blender).

2. Pour into two 16 oz. cups and top with whipping cream and caramel drizzle.

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Triple Layer Brownies

These brownies are a triple treat with three layers of flavor and texture. The crunchy, buttery, oatmeal cookie-like crust is the perfect compliment to the tender, fine-crumb brownie inside. A soft, smooth, fudgy frosting gives a deeper layer of chocolate for a delicious finish.