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Fresh n Fruity Summer Salad

(Family Features) - Summer and salad make a perfect duo! Like Fresh n Fruity Summer Salad. It's easy, colorful and delicious. And there's a surprise ingredient in it. Pickled beets!

They add beautiful ruby-red color among the greens, oranges and blues, and a tangy-sweet flavor complement.

To assemble the salad, top fresh spinach (from your garden or the market) with favorite summer fruits-melon, peaches and berries-and the beets. For convenience, purchase ready-to-use pickled beets in jars for just-like-homemade taste. Toss the salad with a refreshing dressing of reserved pickled beet liquid, orange juice and fresh basil.

What's more, this nutrient-dense salad brings a healthy serving of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the table! Color-like the deep ruby-red beets-is one way to recognize antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Choose those with the most intense colors-deep red, yellow, orange and dark green.

For more information, visit www.senecafoods.com.

Fresh n Fruity Summer Salad

Ingredients
Dressing
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) sliced pickled beets, undrained
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola or olive oil
Salad
  • 1 package (6 ounces) ready-to-eat baby spinach or other greens, about 6 cups
  • 2 1/2 cups bite-size pieces honeydew melon or cantaloupe
  • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into wedges
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

Preparation
    1. For dressing, drain beets, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Set beets aside. In small bowl, combine reserved beet liquid, orange juice, basil and pepper. With wire whisk or fork, whisk in oil. Set aside.
    2. For salad, arrange spinach, reserved beets, melon, peaches and berries on large platter.
    3. To serve, drizzle with dressing; toss slightly. Sprinkle with almonds.

Calories: 167g     Total Fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 0mg     Protein: 2g
Carbohydrates: 22g     Sodium: 219mg

Serves
Makes 8 servings

SOURCE: Seneca Foods



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