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
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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

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 89 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g 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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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."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

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

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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