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California Avocado Spinach Salad

California Avocado Spinach Salad
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Serving Size: 12

3 lbs. fresh spinach, washed and dried thoroughly
5 California Avocados, seeded, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
1 cup ripe olives, thinly sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 cups Mandarin oranges
As needed Spinach salad dressing (recipe follows)
As needed Spinach Salad Dressing (2 cups)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. dry leaf tarragon, crushed
1 tsp. teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
2 cups vegetable oil
As needed Salt and pepper to taste

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  1. Tear spinach into bite size pieces and place in large mixing bowl.
  2. In medium bowl, generously drizzle lime juice over avocado cubes before tossing in salad to prevent browning and to enhance flavor.
  3. Add avocados, olives, onions and oranges to mixing bowl and toss together with salad dressing. 
  4. Dressing Preparation
  5. In small saucepan, bring vinegar and tarragon to a boil. Cool.
  6. Blend mustard and vinegar mixture in deep bowl. Stir well.
  7. Gradually add oil, beating until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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