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Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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, 5-7 minutes. Spread on foil to cool completely.
  • 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.

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  • lettuceleaf
    Oct 14, 2017

    One of my favorite salads and easy to make!

  • Khobbs8562
    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.

  • annalisa_harmon
    Dec 16, 2010

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

  • spiker1
    Jan 11, 2008

    I've made this salad several times. It's always a big hit when I make it. Everyone loves it!