Sweet Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe
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Sweet Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

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A refreshing citrus dressing accents the salad for my popular menu. I often toss in some meslun lettuce with the spinach and add apples for variety. —Arlene Butler, Ogden, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 318 calories, 25g fat (3g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. In a blender, combine the orange juice concentrate, sugar, vinegar, onion and salt. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. Transfer to a small pitcher or bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chilled.
  2. On salad plates, arrange the spinach, mandarin oranges and almonds. Drizzle with dressing. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Spinach Salad in Taste of Home April/May 2006, p33

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newrecipejunkie 221149
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"I brought this to a soup and salad potluck and it was a hit! Obviously, the recipe is for the dressing and it was so creamy, sweet and tangy. The hostess asked if she could keep the leftovers. I will definitely make this again...this time for my family."

s_pants 83773
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"i made this back in 2007 and rated it "very good!""

katlaydee3 67615
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"Delicious and fresh tasting. Everyone loved this salad."

Kools01 67613
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Very easy and refreshing salad."

joandel 159594
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"We've been having this one again this year with our baby spinach. Great recipe and dressing keeps for a while."

BrendainPa 159593
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"Wow, I can't believe no one else has rated this! It's delicious, and very easy to prepare in advance for a special meal. I did leave out the almonds since my kids don't like them."

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