Zesty Spring Salad

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I’ve been in a salad mood lately, and this one seemed to hit the spot! I loved everything about it! And it looked so pretty! *Almost* to good to eat!IMG_7475-1

Zesty Spring Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup almond slices or pecans
  • 2 TB sugar
  • Spring Mix Salad
  • 2 kiwis -peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup of strawberries -diced
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 avocado -peeled and sliced
  • 1 pear -sliced
  • zest of orange or mandarin oranges

Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 TB sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 large orange
  • zest and juice of 1 lime

Directions:

1. Caramelize nuts by mixing with sugar in small skillet over low heat until sugar melts.

2. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.

3. Toss salad ingredients together with nuts, add dressing to coat and serve.

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Directions:

Caramelize nuts by mixing with sugar in small skillet over low heat until sugar melts.

Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.

Toss salad ingredients together with nuts, add dressing to coat and serve.

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YUM!! This salad was so good! It would be good with grilled chicken on top as well. Perfect for summer time! You must try this!

So what’s your favorite salad?


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Comments

  1. Dorangela posted on May 24, 2011 at 5:03 am (#
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    This looks so yummy! I love all of these ingredients. It will be a great summer salad, especially over here in Florida where it’s already very hot out! I will try it and let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jamielyn posted on May 24, 2011 at 9:28 am (#
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      haha I know what you mean! Last week in AZ we went swimming! Bring on summer time!

      • Dorangela posted on May 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm (#
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        We’ve been in the pool almost every day since April! Today it was 97 degrees. Summer is going to be brutal! Thank goodness for air conditioning!

  2. Staci@tales from the s*crap*room posted on May 24, 2011 at 8:21 am (#
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    This looks soooo good! But, I will have to make it for me and my mom, cuz my hubby won’t like it. A good excuse to spoil myself.

    • Jamielyn posted on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 am (#
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      Oh my hubby is the same way! I rarely make salads like this unless were going to a party since I’m the only one who will eat it. lol. He just likes lettuce tomatoes and ranch!

  3. Ambrosia posted on May 24, 2011 at 9:50 am (#
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    This salad looks beautiful AND delicious! I may just have to invite some girlfriends over and make it. (No way would my hubby or boys appreciate a salad like this!)

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm (#
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      haha yes definitely a “girl” salad as my hubby would call it. ;)

  4. Erin posted on May 24, 2011 at 9:58 am (#
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    That looks so good! i’ll have to give that a try.

  5. ashley posted on May 24, 2011 at 10:20 am (#
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    looks so yummy, healthy, beautiful:) i love and have to try

  6. Andrea posted on May 24, 2011 at 10:35 am (#
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    that looks delish! so fresh!

  7. Mallory Nikolaus posted on May 24, 2011 at 11:06 am (#
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    ummm… yummmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Girl that looks sooo good and your photos are gorgeous!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    XO, Mallory

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm (#
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      Thanks Mal! I’ve been “trying” to get better. It’s so fun taking pictures!

  8. Kara @ Nest Candy posted on May 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm (#
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    Mmmmm this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. I have been on a salad kick lately, so this is a must try!

  9. Dorangela posted on May 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm (#
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    I just showed my husband the picture of your salad, and now he wants me to make that for dinner tomorrow. It’s a good thing because that’s what I was going to make anyways, I just won’t tell him that! I’ll let you know how everyone likes it! I love avocados so I’m sure I’ll love it!

  10. trish posted on May 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm (#
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    ok this was the first click from Tidy Mom b/c it looks so great! Thanks for the recipe, I am making this for sure this weekend.!! You rock girl

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm (#
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      Thanks Trish! Yes this is the perfect salad for Memorial Day. Have a good weekend!

  11. Nicole Feliciano posted on May 27, 2011 at 9:18 am (#
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    When’s lunch served? How pretty and fresh. I found you from the Tidy Mom linky. I hope you’ll swing by Momtrends and share this on our linky too:

    http://www.momtrends.com/2011/05/magic-ingredient-recipes-purees/

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm (#
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      Yes this is the perfect salad for lunch with a few friends! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING posted on May 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm (#
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    I would love to invite you over to THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS linky party for Summer Salads. This recipe would be perfect, we hope you stop by and link it up! Thanks a million!

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/05/this-weeks-cravings-30-summer-salads.html

  13. Becky@OrganizingMadeFun posted on May 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm (#
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    That looks delicious – except the avocados {not crazy about those, even though we two HUGE avocado trees}! But, I love spinachy salads with fruit. I may try your dressing too! Very yummy! Found you through FJI

    Becky B.
    http://www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

  14. maria posted on May 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm (#
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    This looks so wonderful! :)

  15. TidyMom posted on May 29, 2011 at 11:46 am (#
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    This looks AMAZING!!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/summer-food-and-fun/ Hope you’re having a fabulous holiday weekend!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm (#
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      Thanks Cheryl! It’s SO yummy! Have a good Memorial Day!

  16. Sue posted on May 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm (#
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    Just posted this as my first in a series of “healthy living” posts I hope to be doing this month. It looks sooooo good! I’ll have to find a farmer’s market to attend tomorrow to get the freshest of ingredients!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm (#
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      Thanks for featuring me, that’s so sweet!

  17. Kate posted on May 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm (#
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    most beautiful salad I’ve ever seen- Can’t wait to try it!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm (#
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      Ah thank you!! You’ll have to let me know how you like it. Definitely a new fave!

  18. Heather {WhipperBerry} posted on May 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm (#
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    I want some of this RIGHT NOW!! I featured you my dear!!

    kisses

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm (#
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      Thanks Heather! You’ll have to make one, so YUMMY!

  19. Vivienne @ The V Spot posted on May 31, 2011 at 9:21 am (#
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    I love salads! Yum! Definitely going to try this one!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm (#
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      Me too! They’re so refreshing! You’ll definitely have to try it out.

  20. linda @ craftaholics anonymous posted on May 31, 2011 at 9:25 am (#
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    umm, i think you’re going to have to skype me some next time we chat! lol yum! i think you need to give me cooking lessons! haha
    thumbs up :)
    Linda

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm (#
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      haha!! To bad we don’t live closer… I’d make you some!

  21. Holly L posted on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm (#
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    That salad sounds amazing…what a fun new way “to salad” We eat salad a lot so I may be giving this a try very soon.

  22. Madigan at madiganmade posted on May 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm (#
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    This sounds (and looks) so good! I love any salad with avocado on it. Yum.

  23. Vicky posted on June 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm (#
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    I made the dressing & the salad, ah, absolutely amazing! So refreshing, so fresh, light, yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm (#
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      Oh so glad you liked it! It’s perfect for summer!

  24. Terrie Cruz posted on December 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm (#
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    I love any salad with avocado on it. To bad we don’t live closer… I’d make you some! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Evelyn posted on April 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm (#
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    Would you know how many calories are in a serving? Thanks!

  26. Deborah Brewer posted on April 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm (#
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    Can’t wait to try some of these salads! Yummy!