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Sweet Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad

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
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • On salad plates, arrange the spinach, mandarin oranges and almonds. Drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 318 calories, 25g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • newrecipejunkie
    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
    Sep 18, 2014

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

  • katlaydee3
    Mar 24, 2014

    Delicious and fresh tasting. Everyone loved this salad.

  • rejo76
    Aug 11, 2013

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  • Kools01
    Nov 15, 2012

    Very easy and refreshing salad.

  • joandel
    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
    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.

  • davemedrano
    Sep 17, 2010

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    Apr 13, 2009

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  • lurky27
    Jan 24, 2007

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