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Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad Recipe

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. Whisk together first six ingredients; gradually whisk in oil. In a large bowl, toss spinach, cranberries and green onions with dressing; sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately. Yield: 12 servings.
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.

Nutritional 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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Rhoni347 User ID: 6294550 265959
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1598935 89236
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2849135 72539
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"good recipe."

Mrs. BPW User ID: 5611191 206472
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

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

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 138230
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

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

~ Theresa"

laurak0316 User ID: 1030727 57071
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"Best spinach salad dressing ever!"

frangakis User ID: 1697815 206471
Reviewed 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."

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