Spicy Mandarin Spinach Salad

Between the sweetness of the mandarin oranges and the cayenne-spiced pecans, flavor explodes in each bite of this salad. Top it off with Chinese five spice mustard dressing to really make your taste buds happy.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
3 servings


  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained with liquid reserved

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Dusseldorf-style German mustard

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup pecan halves

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves

  • 2 green onions, chopped


  1. Combine reserved liquid from mandarin oranges, canola oil, olive oil, mustard, cloves, and Chinese five-spice powder in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; seal jar and shake vigorously until the dressing emulsifies.

  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir pecans and sugar into the butter; let simmer until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Season the pecans with rosemary and cayenne pepper; continue cooking another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and drain pecans on a plate lined with paper towels.

  3. Toss spinach leaves and green onion together in a large mixing bowl; top with mandarin oranges and pecans. Drizzle dressing over the salad to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
35g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 39mg 197%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 388mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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