Peggi Purcell of Austin, who says she likes to invent salads, shares this unusual spinach recipe. What to do with the remaining hearts of palm? Peggi suggests tossing them with tomato slices and light vinaigrette. Voila! - another salad.
Yield: 4-6 servings
1 (11-oz.) can mandarin oranges
1 (14-oz.) can hearts of palm, drained
10 c. (buy about 1 lb) loosely packed spinach leaves (washed, stemmed, and torn)
8 slices broiled bacon, crumbled
1/3 c. (about 1-oz) almond slices, toasted
1 avocado, sliced (optional)
Drain oranges, reserving 3/4 c. juice. Slice 4-5 stalks of hearts of palm into 3-inch pieces (if not already sliced); set aside remaining hearts of palm for another use. Combine oranges, slide hearts of palm, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, and toss with 1/2 c. Mandarin Dressing (see recipe, below). Mandarin Dressing 3/4 c. juice from mandarin oranges 3/4 c. olive oil 1 (.6-oz.) packet Good Seasons Italian dressing mix Combine ingredients, mixing well. Refrigerate.
From the December 1997 issue.