Citrus and Spinach Salad

Do you ever come across recipes you’ve written down on a piece of paper and can’t recall where it came from? I wish I could remember where I got this recipe to give credit where credit is due, but I don’t have that information. I didn’t even write the name of the salad down. I may have been watching a cooking show. I spent some time online looking to see if I could find it there and had no luck, but found so many other citrus and spinach salads that looked great. Anyway, this is a tasty one and I’d like to share it with you now, while citrus is in abundance.

Salad Ingredients:

5 oz fresh spinach

3/4 cup chopped celery

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1 cup orange segments

1 large granny smith apple, cut up

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/3 cup pecans

feta, to sprinkle over the top

grilled chicken (optional)


Combine all of the ingredients and toss. Sprinkle feta over the top.

Dressing Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar (I didn’t have this on hand and used champagne wine vinegar)

2 – 4 teaspoons sugar (or honey)

1/8 teaspoons each paprika, onion powder

1 Tablespoon poppy seeds


Combine all dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad.

IMG_8175Dinner is served!

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

IMG_7589I get wonderful gifts of citrus fruit from my dad almost every time I see him this time of year. He’s got orange, grapefruit, lemon and tangelo trees in his yard. The harvest this year is quite abundant, and he’s always generous. We share with family members, and use the fruits for cooking, baking, and snacking. I’d like to share a recipe for a tasty lemon loaf with you. I don’t know if this truly is the recipe Starbucks uses, but it’s what the recipe is called, and it’s awfully good!

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Loaf Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon extract

1/3 cup lemon juice

zest from one lemon

1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil with great results)

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons whole milk or cream

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl and set aside.IMG_7590Use mixer to blend eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract, and lemon juice.IMG_7592Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix. Add oil and mix well.┬áPour batter into well greased 9×5 loaf pan.IMG_7593Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.IMG_7595Combine icing ingredients and blend. Pour over cooled loaf and let icing set up before slicing.IMG_7597The recipe is from Just a Pinch. Bon Appetite!IMG_7598