Cranberry-Sesame Spinach Salad Recipe
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Cranberry-Sesame Spinach Salad Recipe

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For a feast or any occasion, we love this snappy fall salad that balances sweet and sour with good crunch from almonds and sesame seeds. —Stephanie Smoley, Rochester, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash paprika

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 257 calories, 21g fat (3g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add almonds; cook and stir until lightly browned. Remove from heat.
  2. Place spinach and cranberries in a bowl. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until blended. Add to salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe can be easily doubled to serve 4.
Originally published as Cranberry-Sesame Spinach Salad in Reminisce Extra November 2009, p50

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interpretermom User ID: 3118724 237810
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I thought the dressing was super tasty. I used my dinner roll to sop up the leftovers that had run across my plate. I thought it was pretty easy to make and looked fancy with the poppy seeds and sesame seeds. (Only four stars though since the rest of the family was not as into it as I was.)"

busybrock User ID: 2750041 232392
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

"Really good. Just my husband and myself, so I didn't dress the whole salad. I put spinach in two small salad bowls and spooned a teaspoon or so of dressing on each one. Had enough left for two more salads today and a little for tomorrow."

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 231273
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"Very good!"

dublinlab User ID: 1682119 231097
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"I made this for a pot luck tonight, 6 times it. I added a package of broken ramen noodles to the almonds and sesame seeds frying. Make sure you dress it at the last minute because the spinach wilted quite quickly. Very nice, l would make it again. Janet. VFE"

nbarneymoi User ID: 1180967 104369
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"This salad dressing is wonderful, easy to make and healthy when made with canola oil."

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