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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning mix, dry
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves (jam or jelly), sugar free
  • 8 pounds local spinach, raw
  • 3 quarts, 2 cups mandarin oranges (canned in light syrup, drained)
  • 3 quarts, 2 cups 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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