With the loss of power for almost 48 hours last weekend, we were forced to eat out each meal. We ate a big breakfast and then had a "Linner" (in between lunch and dinner) somewhere between 2 and 4 pm. I don't know what it is about eating out for meals, but if you do it for a couple of days straight, well, lets just say you start to feel like crap....or at least I do. After this weekend, salad sounded like the perfect dish. This is one of my favorite salads. I love the contrasting flavors and textures from the cashews, raisins, and mandarin oranges. You can use whatever dressing sounds best, with this salad I usually go for Italian, but a sweet and sour dressing also works well. Either way, this salad is full of color and flavor!
Mandarin Orange and Lettuce Salad
6 cups torn mixed greens or a 16 oz package mixed lettuce
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 (2 oz) package cashew nuts, toasted (1/3 cup)
1/2 cup commercial Italian dress or sweet-and-sour dressing
Combine lettuce, mandarin oranges, raisins, and cashews in a salad bowl. Pour salad dressing over salad, and toss. Serve immediately.
Source: Southern Living Quick and Easy Weeknight Favorites, Oxmoor House, 2001