Spring Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Justin and I have a get together with friends that we attend every couple weeks. There is a main dish made and everyone brings a side dish. We vowed after the last time we went ( when we brought pumpkin chocolate chip squares with cream cheese frosting ) that we would bring healthy side dishes from now on. Everyone who brings salad tends to bring the Caesar Salad mix with that yucky iceberg lettuce.  What is the point of iceberg lettuce anyway? Justin likes it, I don't get it. It's like crunchy water, there is just no flavor! Or nutrients for that matter. I like a variety of different greens for my salads, and buying spring mix at the store is easy enough, and allows for variety of flavor and nutrients.

I also made my own dressing, I am not a fan of those heavy creamy dressings and I actually don't like most oil or vinegar based dressings either. I just get sick of them rather quickly. Usually at home a just put some balsamic vinegar and lemon on my salad. So I made an orange vinaigrette for this, and I actually really liked it.  It was quite refreshing.

Salad Ingredients:
2 containers Organic Spring Salad mix
2 large carrots -shredded
1 cucumber -sliced
5 small red and orange or yellow sweet peppers -sliced
2 apples (I used golden delicious)-diced/chopped
4 radishes -sliced
1/2 cup shredded mozzerella cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
2 large oranges
2 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar  

Use the oranges to make 1 cup of orange juice, I used my juicer, but if you don't have a juicer, just squeezing them should be enough to get a cup ( I got about 2 with my juicer). And also if you don't have a juicer, use the zest of one of the oranges as well.  Wisk all of the ingredients together and toss into the salad. 

This makes a pretty large salad so of course cut it in half if you are only serving a couple people.