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Spinach Salad with Mandarin Vinaigrette Recipe
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Vinaigrette

This salad is full of spinach that provides vitamins A, C, and K. The dressing is made with heart-healthy olive oil and the juice of fresh mandarin oranges, which adds even more vitamin C. Serve it as a starter or as a side with grilled salmon or roasted tofu.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.7g
15%Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 186mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.6g
Dietary Fiber 2.9g
Sugars 9.1g
Protein 3.5g
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Yield: 4 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes



  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ tbsp fresh mandarin orange juice
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp fine ground sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger


  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 3 fresh pearl white or red onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and segments chopped


  1. Add the garlic to a small dish and stir in the orange juice. Whisk in the olive oil. Add the salt, pepper, and ginger, and whisk for about 30 seconds, until all ingredients are combined.
  2. Place the spinach in a large serving bowl. Top the spinach with cucumber, onion slices, cashews, and mandarin orange segments. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat before serving.
Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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