A spur-of-the-moment creation when I wanted something with a great flavor punch and lots of color, plus quick to prepare---this one fills the bill, with baby spinach and colorful cranberries and mandarin oranges, plus the crunch of sweetened almonds and the pungent feta cheese---a new favorite at our house! You may substitute blue cheese for the feta and any kind of sweetened pecans or walnuts, if desired, for the almonds.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place servings of spinach onto salad plates. Top with red onion, mandarin oranges, cranberries, sliced almonds and feta cheese in that order. Drizzle dressing over each salad.

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Nutrition Facts

459 calories; protein 9.5g 19% DV; carbohydrates 43.9g 14% DV; fat 29.5g 45% DV; cholesterol 22.3mg 7% DV; sodium 811.4mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2005
I am the original poster of this recipe, and I wanted to add that I often add a crunchy green such as romaine along with the spinach, and I sometimes add thinly sliced fresh mushrooms. We tried the blush wine vinaigrette as one reviewer suggested, and it was very good, but we still prefer the depth of flavor and punch the balsamic vinaigrette provides. Thanks for all the positive comments! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2006
This was good but not great. Read More
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347 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 287
  • 4 star values: 54
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2005
I am the original poster of this recipe, and I wanted to add that I often add a crunchy green such as romaine along with the spinach, and I sometimes add thinly sliced fresh mushrooms. We tried the blush wine vinaigrette as one reviewer suggested, and it was very good, but we still prefer the depth of flavor and punch the balsamic vinaigrette provides. Thanks for all the positive comments! Read More
(217)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2006
My honey said it was the best salad he has ever had. I made it ahead of time and added the cheese just before serving. Thanks! I will be making this one alot:) Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2005
This was wonderful! It was such a nice break from regular salad it was light but very filling with the nuts and cranberries. I added romaine lettuce for a different texture and used sugared almonds instead of honey roasted ones. We served it at a dinner party with the Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (found on this site) and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2004
I just tried this salad but upped the serving for 12 people for our Thanksgiving meal. I made only three slight changes I used toffee flavered sliced almonds used baby spinach with red lettuce to add more color then to top it off we used Brianna's Blush Wine Vinaigrette (that was the key ingredient). It was the hit of the meal plus there wasn't any left. Everyone loved it. It will now be our signature salad. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2006
Very nice salad and pretty presentation. I used raspberry vinigarette the first time which was good but I'm not crazy about how sweet it was. I would recommend blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinegarette dressing to go more 'tangy' than sweet. I'll be making this a bunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2011
Boy was this good. Even my 8 yr old granddaughter couldn't get enough (I didn't tell her it was spinach). All the ingredients went so well together. I couldn't find honey-roasted sliced almonds so I used honey-roasted cashews and chopped them. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2006
I make this all the time and it is great. You will always get rave reviews when serving and you can vary it greatly. I like blue cheese and toasted walnuts best. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
This was a huge hit when we brought it to a dinner party and I have to admit it's one of the top salads I've ever had. Served with Kraft raspberry vinaigrette and homemade honey-roasted almonds. We were unable to locate honey-roasted almonds at the store so we made our own: - 1 cup slivered almonds toasted in oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees - Stir the roasted almonds into a saucepan that contains 1 tbsp honey 1tbsp oil 1 tbsp water until liquid disappears - Toss in a mixture of 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 tsp of salt. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2006
This is a wonderfully refreshing and filling salad! We make it all the time now. One thing we like to add to make it more of a meal is cubed baked chicken. It's great either way! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2006
This was good but not great. Read More
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