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Strawberry Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

"This is my husband's favorite salad…hands down!" says Nancy Tafoya of Fort Collins, Colorado. "I've taken it to fancy dinner parties as well as camping trips, and everyone always lines up for seconds. The unique vinaigrette has a little kick to it that people truly enjoy."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the first seven ingredients; shake well until sugar is dissolved. In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, strawberries, avocado, oranges, onion and pecans. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 153 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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  • kafaughn
    Sep 12, 2013

    Loved the dressing!

  • williamsegraves
    Aug 4, 2011

    This was a very yummy salad! We replaced the sugar with honey which went well with the fruits.

  • kristif
    Feb 20, 2011

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  • diane dalovisio
    Apr 7, 2009

    This is the best salad I've ever eaten! I served it for my parent's anniversary and everyone wanted the recipe! Thanks Taste of Home!

  • Lynnette
    Mar 12, 2008

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    Oct 26, 2006

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    Jun 30, 2006

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