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Tender spinach, sweet and tangy citrus, pungent onions and crunchy nutty almonds...it's a delicious way to eat healthier. This is a wonderful salad to serve as a side dish with chicken, fish or whatever tickles your fancy. Feel good about serving this salad to your family.

*Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
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Serves 4-6

Dressing:
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp onion powder
3 tbsp orange juice
1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil

For the Salad:
6 cups spinach leaves
1 orange, cut into segments
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

Place all the dressing ingredients in a resealable jar, cover and shake.

Toast almonds in a dry pan over medium heat. Keep them moving in the pan and as soon as they start to smell nutty remove from heat. To cut the orange into segments slice off the top and bottom of the orange and stand it up on one of the cut sides. Slice downwards to take off the rest of the orange rind. Cut orange in half and lay one of the halves down and slice into thin wedges. Do the same to the other half. Assemble orange segments, red onion and almonds over spinach and pour dressing over.

Click here for printable version of Citrus Spinach Salad
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THE RESULTS?
This was a great light side dish. I think every salad should have an element of 'crunch' so my favorite part was the toasted almonds. I'm all about nuts in salad.

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8 Responses
  1. Mellifluous Says:

    <3 your blog...never thought i would be jealous of steve. (hehe...i kid..but it's sorta true. he's a lucky guy)
    spinach & fruit is most excellent! also really good with raspberry dressing & blue cheese.
    keep the posts coming...it makes me hungry. :)


  2. Mellifluous Says:

    oh.. hehe.. this is stephanie crumback btw.


  3. Aw thanks Steph, you're sweet :)


  4. Jules Says:

    Do you have a good recipe for a good greek salad? I LOVE greek salad, mostly the one they make at "Opa"... I tried to do one tonight and it called for red wine vingarette but it was very vinager tasting... very sour, wasn't bad but not my fav at all! I need to find a good one to make!!?


  5. Yeah I'm with you, not so crazy about a strong red wine vinegar flavor in my Greek Salad. I'm not exactly sure what Opa's Greek Salad tastes like, but I like my dressing quite lemony. I LOVE lemon. I take 1 part lemon juice to two parts olive oil, some minced fresh garlic, oregano, salt and LOTS of Greek seasoning. I shake it all up in a jar and then taste to see if I need to adjust anything.


  6. Teresa Says:

    This salad looks delicious! (And beautiful!) I think it would be the perfect way to get my picky girls to eat salad. Thanks!


  7. Teresa - You never can tell with picky kids, but maybe the sweet/tang of the fruit will entice them :)


  8. Alice Says:

    I am really enjoying your site. I have been cooking for 25 years for my family and feeling like it was the same thing over and over. Your meals are pretty easy, but different, which is terrific for me. Thanks for taking the time to do this! I am trying the citrus spinach salad tonight. I also appreciate that you think about using leftovers in the next meal!