Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Arrange 2 cups salad on each of 7 plates; drizzle with 1 tablespoon Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing (reserve remaining dressing for another use). Top each serving with 3 walnut halves.
"I love to experiment, so I'm always creating recipes. The dressing in this salad is one I've been making a long time for fruit salad, but it also works well on leafy greens. Bagged salad mixes are a great time-saver, and you can throw a meal together in no time by adding a protein such as grilled chicken or shrimp." —Recipe Author and Sides & Salads Finalist, Debra Keil, Owasso, Okla.
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We had it for the first time mid July, when the temps were up and we wanted something light. To be honest, this was the first time I've had a salad with so much citrus in it, I was afraid it would be overpowering, but it was so light and refreshing, we ate it twice in the same week. I understand the convenience of pre-packaged but we used fresh grapefruit and pineapple. This will definitely be a regular summer staple for me and I can't wait to bring it to an event, I love to introduce unexpected food combinations to others.
For the dressing I used instead:
2 parts Blood Orange Olive Oil and 1 part Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar. I also added a bit of Feta Cheese like someone suggested. Have a Walnut allergy so used some pecans. I got so many compliments on this 4th of July.
This salad was a treat for a Minnesotan in mid-February. My husband took creative license at the grocery store, so we made a few substitutions. Strawberries for grapefruit, almonds for walnuts, and spinach for mixed greens. I threw in some low-fat feta & avocado to make a complete lunch. I will definately be making this salad for my family & will serve at our beach picnics this summer.