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Sweet and Sour Salad

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Sweet and Sour Salad 

This sweet and sour vinaigrette can be used in many ways and you can adjust the ingredients according to your taste.  I like to use a combination of rice and balsamic vinegars and I use several tablespoons less oil than the original recipe from my Aunt.

As for the ingredients in the salad itself, you can use whatever you have on hand.  I like to shred the cabbage or lettuce so that it is easier to eat.  And I have found that the vinaigrette is the perfect complement to the beets. 

Ingredients

1+ Tbsp canola oil

2 Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Dash of salt & pepper, to taste

Whisk the dressing ingredients until they are combined.

Toss the dressing with the salad fixings:

Napa cabbage or romaine lettuce, shredded

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 -1 can mandarin oranges, drained

Beets, thinly sliced

Toasted almonds, optional

To toast the almonds, cook 1/4 cup sliced almonds, 1 Tbsp water and 1 tsp sugar in a small saucepan until the almonds are coated.  Then spread the almonds on a baking sheet and broil them in the oven until they are golden.

TIP: If you boil the beets you can do this step ahead of time, keeping them covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare the salad.

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