Lisa’s BIG Birthday Salad

Serves Prep Time Cook Time  Total Time
4 15 0 15


In this case, it was the birthday that was big, but the salad could be, too.

You have to admire a woman who insists on making the salad herself at her own catered birthday party, as my friend Lisa did. Especially when she also chooses to use our dressing!

The salad can be any size you want, it’s just that easy. If there’s one particular ingredient you like a lot – heap it in. You don’t like another – leave it out.

But the key here is the combination of the flavors – the aromatic fennel, the sweet oranges – and all the while the spinach provides a mellow base, the perfect canvas on which all the other ingredients can shine. It’s also beyond easy, so great for a party where you can keep making more as it is gobbled up (which is exactly what happened at Lisa’s party).

This salad was originally made to serve a big crowd. I’ve scaled it down in size to feed four. Even though it’s a smaller version of what Lisa served at her party, this is forever known as the BIG Birthday Salad.

(Whether she was celebrating her 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th or 75th birthday, I’ll never tell!)

1 Bag Triple washed baby spinach or 1 head butter lettuce cut up
1 Fennel bulb, sliced extra thin
1 can Mandarin oranges, drained & dried slightly on paper towels
Handful Sliced almonds
2 Tbsp
DRESS IT UP DRESSING Champagne Vinaigrette


Add the lettuce, fennel, and mandarin oranges to a deep bowl. Spoon the dressing on top. Stir gently, until salad is well-coated. Scatter the almonds on top. Serve immediately.

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