Mandarin Citrus Dressing

1/2 c safflower oil
1 c mandarin juice
4 t mandarin zest
4 t white balsamic (or rice) vinegar
3 t sugar
1 1/2 t xanthum gum

Mix first five ingredients with a whisk.  Slowly whisk in the xanthum gum.  Chill before serving.  makes 1 1/2 cups. 

This dressing is excellent served with a salmon or chicken salad. 

Salad:  grilled chicken/salmon, greens, panela cheese, kalamata olives, mandarin slices, red onions, sliced almonds.