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:
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.