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Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad

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Light and healthy and full of flavor, this Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges makes a perfect meal!

Those hazy, lazy days of summer are here.  You know, the kind of days when it is too hot to cook.  These are the days when you crave something light and healthy, yet filling.

This flavorful salad is sweet, crisp, crunchy, and requires very little time or preparation.

Begin with a bag of baby spinach.  This leafy green is packed with iron and comes thoroughly washed, which makes it so simple to just open and pour.

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Next, add some natural sweetness.  Drain and rinse 1 can of mandarin orange segments.  I usually purchase them in either water or light syrup.

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Add the orange slices to the spinach and then just layer about 1/3 cup of dried cranberries (Craisins).

Then add about 1/3 cup of goat cheese.  This creamy crumbled cheese is absolutely delicious.

Finally, top with some oven roasted almonds for a salty crunch.  One 100 calorie snack pack is plenty for this salad.

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This salad is best served with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.

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You can always add some grilled chicken to make this a more substantial meal.

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Enjoy!

What are your favorite meals to eat when trying to beat the heat?  What are some simple salads that you enjoy?

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31 Comments

  1. Looks delicious! Salads are a favorite go-to summer meal for us. We completely replaced lettuce in our house with spinach because it’s so good for you.

    1. Thanks so much, Rachel! I love all of the nutrients my family gets from spinach. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  2. I’m on a salad kick, and this looks incredible!

  3. Pinned, looks yummy! And would get me out of the “same old salad” rut….

  4. Love having these types of delicious salads in the summer! This one looks fab!

  5. I am not a fan of those little oranges but my daughter loves them. Maybe I will make this for her.

  6. This looks delicious, healthy and colourful. I love all the ingredients in this salad so its going to be darn good. Pinning

  7. It looks absolutely delicious, I’ll be giving it a try for sure. Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  8. I love mandarin oranges in salad too! This salad sounds yummy and I’m Featuring it this week at Merry Monday. I love the beautiful milk glass bowl you served it in too! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week at Merry Monday. Sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, Shirley! I am so excited and appreciative to be featured on Merry Monday! Wishing you a great week ahead!

  9. This looks so scrummy Lynne!! I can’t wait to try it!! So fresh and the combination makes my mouth water!

    Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

  10. oooh I love mandarin oranges in salad! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!

  11. This salad looks delicious for a hot summery day. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

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