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  • .75 tablespoons Italian seasoning mix, dry
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry preserves (jam or jelly), sugar free
  • 1 1/4 cups local spinach, raw
  • 8.25 ounce can mandarin oranges (canned in light syrup)
  • 1 pint strawberries, fresh, sliced


  1. Microwave strawberry preserves until warm and slightly runny. Mix preserves, italian seasoning mix, balsamic vinegar, and oil using a mixer or blender. Prepare dressing 1-2 days before service for maximum flavor.
  2. Drain mandarin oranges.
  3. Wash and slice fresh strawberries.
  4. Lightly toss spinach, oranges, and strawberries.
  5. Just before serving, toss salad with dressing.

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