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Orange Spinach Salad

The combination of mustard-onion dressing with juicy oranges, cheese and crunchy sweet almonds is a joy for every taste bud! We eat this salad several times a week. —Jenn Rytting, West Jordan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (1 cup each)


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • In a small heavy skillet, melt sugar over low heat. Add almonds and stir to coat. Cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Spread onto a greased sheet of foil; break apart if necessary.
  • In a large bowl, combine the romaine, spinach, mushrooms, cheese, red onion, bacon and oranges.
  • For dressing, in a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, onion, mustard and salt; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sugared almonds. Serve immediately.

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  • parksville
    Oct 7, 2012

    Niced salad, except we found the dressing way too vinegary for us.

  • germanycook
    Jul 11, 2012

    Very good! I used praline almonds that I crushed myself, peaches cuz I didn't have mandarins, and cut down on the vinegar in the dressing abit. It had lots of different flavours!!

  • knitwit84
    Apr 5, 2010

    I made this as part of our Easter dinner this year. It was a huge hit! And best of all it was very easy. The salad dressing was delicious. Will definitely make again!

  • puccini
    Jan 23, 2010

    I wouldn't change a thing! This recipe knocks our socks off! I'm not a great one for salads but this is one I won't pass up. Everybody who tries it loves it and asks for the recipe. In fact I'm printing off yet another copy to give to my Pastor's wife who wants to use it at our Valentine's Banquet.

  • golfinggrammy
    Nov 10, 2009

    Very easy and delicious...a new family favorite!