Green Salad with Oranges

This simple green salad is refreshing and delicious. Make sure you use high quality feta cheese, vinegar, and olive oil. Navel oranges cut into chunks offer more fiber, and the membranes separating the sections are thin. Just take off any major pith left from the center of the orange while cutting.  The vitamin C in the oranges increase the absorption of the iron in the greens. It's a perfect way to perk up during the winter months.          
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Dressing Ingredients

1/3 cup fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar or vinegar of your choice 2 tsp Dijon mustard or tahini sauce 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and black pepper to taste

Dressing Directions

1) Make the dressing by combining orange juice, vinegar, and mustard in a bowl.  Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking constantly.  Season with salt and pepper.

Salad Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (optional) 3 navel oranges, peeled with white pith removed, diced 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Salad Directions

1) Prepare the salad by cutting the tops and bottoms off of the oranges to make a stable cutting surface.  Place oranges flat on a cutting board, and using a sharp knife slice, down on the sides to remove the peel and white pith.  Dice the whole orange.
2) Mix lettuce, red onion (optional), orange chunks and feta cheese.  Just prior to serving, toss lightly with dressing and toasted almonds.