Mandarin Orange and Pecan Spinach Salad

by jerseygirl on April 2, 2009 · 28 comments

I’ll admit I have been a lazy blogger lately. It’s been a week since my last post and I’ll admit I have been doing more eating than posting. Last week, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review the new Seasons 52 that opened up in Cherry Hill. If you would like to hear about my experience, please read about it on Jersey Bites. I also met a bunch of Jersey bloggers for an Indian grocery tour and lunch at an Indian restaurant this past weekend. I will tell you more about that in my next post.

Today, I have a nice spring salad for you. The weather is finally warm and as soon as I finish my post I am going for a walk. The wonderful folks at the Green Valley Pecan Company sent me some delicious pecans to try and I decided to use them in this salad. I also used some of Trader Joe’s poppy seed dressing which has the perfect amount of tangyness and sweetness. I toasted the pecans to bring out the flavor and crunchiness. In order not to heat up my whole house with the oven, I toasted them lightly in a frying pan. See these beauties. They also gave the salad a nice crunchiness.

I am so excited as I just booked a family trip to NYC. We will be going for a long weekend and staying in midtown so I welcome any restaurant suggestions that you might have. We are hoping to get some good pizza and maybe eat at a few casual ethnic restaurants. Time for my walk!

Mandarin Orange and Pecan Spinach Salad

1 (6 oz) bag baby spinach

1/2 cup toasted pecans,

1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained

1/2 cup poppy seed dressing

Toss all ingredients together in a big salad bowl. Enjoy

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