Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad

This mandarin orange spinach salad is a delicious way to enjoy spinach. Why make a salad with iceberg lettuce when you can up the taste and nutrient content with dark leafy greens like spinach?  Fresh baby spinach is so mild tasting, even my kids will eat it!

Spinach and orange salad with pomegranate, pecans and goat cheese

Here’s a spinach salad recipe perfect for lunch or as a side at an elegant dinner.  It’s also an eye-catching, crowd-pleasing addition to pot luck tables.

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Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad

A classic, easy to make mandarin orange spinach salad. Of course, you can also try it with strawberries and almond slices in the spring, blueberries and peaches in the summer or apples and dried cranberries in the fall.
Prep : 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 8 cups spinach one (6 to 8 oz pkg)
  • 2 cups mandarin orange segments
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup Honey Glazed Pecans
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup Canola Oil
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and dry spinach.
  • Make vinaigrette by pouring all ingredients in a screw top jar and shaking vigorously.
  • Toss spinach with vinaigrette (you may not need all the vinaigrette, store extra in the fridge for a week).
  • Toss in mandarin oranges and pomegranate seeds.
  • Top with pecans and feta cheese.
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Course: Salad

This mandarin orange spinach salad is great any time of year thanks to a handy can of mandarin oranges and spinach or dark leafy greens which you can get year round. But during citrus season (December to April in North America), consider using fresh citrus. I lovethe variety of oranges, grapefruits and pomelos available in the produce aisle that you can use in this salad.  If you’re not sure about the difference between a tangelo, Moro or Cara Cara style orange, check out this article on 5 Citrus Varieties.

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