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Orange Vinaigrette and Copy Cat Herb Box Salad

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I might look forward to wintertime citrus almost as much as I look forward to fresh berries in the spring and summer.  We aren’t just talking about orange juice you can buy any ole time, either.  We’re talking about big, juicy oranges and grapefruits, among others, that you peel and eat or hand squeeze for the perfectly sweet juice they hold.  I got away from drinking a gallon of juice for breakfast several years ago in an effort to cut down on the amount of sugar I  was consuming on a daily basis. So these days when I use any kind of juice, it’s usually for marinating, cooking or making homemade salad dressings. Such as an Orange Vinaigrette for an Herb Box Salad.

This orange vinaigrette is one of my favorites.  Especially when drizzled over the Herb Box Salad it’s pictured with.  This is a copy cat salad from a restaurant I used to frequent in Scottsdale, AZ called The Herb Box.  Everything on their menu was absolutely to die for, including this salad.  The only difference between my herb box salad and theirs, is that they served it with blackened chicken, crumbled bacon, balsamic vinaigrette and their lettuce is a little more specific.  I use whatever looks good at the store, which could be anything from romaine or spinach to arugula or the ready to go mixed greens.  Also, since I don’t eat land animals, I skipped over the chicken and bacon.  I’m seriously considering being a vegetarian plus bacon.  I’ve been missing me some bacon here lately and I’d be lying if I told you any different.  When you live in the South, it’s almost a sin NOT to eat a plate of barbeque or at least a side of bacon every once in a while.  Anyway, if you make this salad, you might want to add bacon.  Because, lets face it, bacon makes everything better.

The reason I like the orange vinaigrette a little more on this herb box salad than a balsamic, is because it has dried strawberries, blueberries and cranberries on it.  I know, what salad could possibly be bad with dried fruit on it, I ask you?!  It’s basically topping a salad with candy!  There’s just something about the orange dressing that goes so well with the dried berries.  Plus, there’s goat cheese on it, so….that pretty much catapults it into knock your socks off delicious land.

Even though I suggest this orange vinaigrette dressing for this particular herb box salad, use it over any salad you want.  I also wouldn’t hesitate pouring it over salmon (or mild white fish) and baking it.

 

Orange Vinaigrette and Copy Cat Herb Box Salad

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2 Responses to Orange Vinaigrette and Copy Cat Herb Box Salad

  1. Kelley February 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    Sitting in my office reading you blog is torture. I need to stop. It makes me so hungry and makes every possible lunch option dismal. This especially looks delicious!

  2. admin February 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    haha! Thanks Kelley!

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