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. 

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Winter Fruit Salad

1 bag frozen mango chunks
1 bag frozen peaches
1 bag frozen pineapple
3 limes, squeezed
3 T sugar
3 bananas, sliced

Thaw fruit.   Combine lime and sugar in a small bowl.  In large bowl, place drained fruit and toss with lime-sugar mixture.  Add bananas just prior to serving. 

This is a good winter salad when fresh fruit is not readily available.

Tuna Salad

The amounts of each ingredient will be based on your preferences. Make it the day before for better flavor.

Ingredients:
Tuna, canned, drained
red or green onions
black olives
hard-boiled eggs
1 1/2 T sweet pickle relish, per 12 oz can
fat free mayo

Directions:
Mix and refrigerate.

Serve  on a sandwich or a green salad.