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Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

If you want something new to try for your Thanksgiving menu, toss this salad together. Fresh spinach leaves are tossed with toasted almonds and dried cranberries and drizzled with poppy seed dressing. It's likely to become a holiday tradition at your house, too. —Michelle Krzmarzick Torrance, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 12 cups)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • Whisk together first 6 ingredients; gradually whisk in oil. In a large bowl, toss spinach, cranberries and green onions with dressing; sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 121 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • nmrenee
    Dec 28, 2020

    I've been making this salad every winter for 10+ years. I make the dressing as is written but only mix about half into the salad.

  • Rhoni347
    May 14, 2017

    The dressing lacked depth to me. It was like sugar water. Maybe it needed a teensy bit more oil? I'm not sure. But it was so thin it just didn't give the salad enough body, in my opinion.

  • parksville
    Oct 21, 2013

    For some reason, we just didn't like the taste of the dressing for this recipe - we found it too vinegary for us. Sorry!

  • saw-whet
    Sep 22, 2013

    good recipe.

  • Mrs. BPW
    Dec 29, 2010

    This is a wonderful salad for Christmas dinner due to the colors, but perfect anytime.

  • lurky27
    Dec 16, 2010

    Packed with flavor! We'll be making this often.~ Theresa

  • laurak0316
    Mar 15, 2010

    Best spinach salad dressing ever!

  • frangakis
    Oct 29, 2009

    I have made this recipe several times and it has become one of our favorites. Whenever I need a salad to take somewhere, this is my "go to" recipe. It always gets rave reviews.

  • lynnstaples
    Dec 28, 2008

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  • Judy
    Nov 17, 2006

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