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Sweet Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

Sweet Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Sweet Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad

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newrecipejunkie User ID: 876567 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 User ID: 174050 83773
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

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

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 67615
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

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

Kools01 User ID: 1433384 67613
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Very easy and refreshing salad."

joandel User ID: 4143443 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 User ID: 861741 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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