Sugar Toasted Almond Spinach Salad


  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup salad oil
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ¾ tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 (6 ounce) bag baby spinach leaves
  • ¾ pound sliced mushrooms
  • ¾ pound shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Combine almonds and sugar in a small skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir until sugar is melted over almonds, about 3 minutes. Spread almonds in a single layer on waxed paper to cool.


  • Step 2

    To make the salad dressing, whisk together the vinegar, salad oil, sugar, mustard, poppy seeds, and salt in a bowl; set aside.

  • Step 3

    Toss together the romaine lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, onion, and oranges in a large bowl. Sprinkle almonds and drizzle dressing over top of salad just before serving.

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