Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad Recipe
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Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad Recipe

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With mandarin oranges and a slightly sweet dressing, this spinach salad is a refreshing change of pace. I frequently take it along to summer picnics.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • SALAD:
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 7 cups torn romaine
  • 7 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced celery
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced green onion
  • 3 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 89 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the first five ingredients; shake well. Set aside. In a skillet, cook and stir the almonds and sugar over medium heat until sugar is melted and almonds are coated. Spread on foil to cool completely.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, spinach, celery and onions. Add oranges and sugared almonds; toss gently. Shake dressing; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p228

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Khobbs8562 User ID: 8180679 215778
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Delicious salad! My friend made it for an office party. She omitted the celery, but added crumbled bacon. It was a huge hit! The dressing is not too sweet. The ingredients are the perfect blend of sweet and tangy."

annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 135919
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"This is my favorite spinach salad! It is soooo good!"

spiker1 User ID: 264159 82500
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2008 Edited Sep. 12, 2013

"I've made this salad several times. It's always a big hit when I make it. Everyone loves it!"

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