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Spinach Mandarin Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Fresh juicy mandarins make this Spinach Mandarin Salad a perfect way to brighten your day! Toasted almonds, cranberries, a fresh honey balsamic dressing and more will make this the perfect go to salad for any dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Lorie Yarro

Ingredients

  • 10 oz spinach
  • 4 mandarins, peeled and in sections
  • 1/4 c red onion thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2/3 c almonds
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries

Dressing:

  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 T honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place almonds on a baking sheet and toast for 7-9 minutes. Chop or pound almonds into small pieces. (Place in a plastic bag and use a wood spoon to pound.)
  • Combine all salad ingredients in a medium bowl. Place ingredients for dressing into a high powered blender and blend on high until smooth. If dressing is too thick, add a small amount of water to thin out.
  • Add desired amount of dressing to salad and toss just before serving. Enjoy!