Mandarin Spinach Salad with Fresh Orange Vinaigrette

A fresh salad sounds good on a hot summer day, doesn't it? This one is full of healthy colors and fresh, crisp, textures. I think my favorite part may be the freshly-made orange vinaigrette dressing. It compliments the flavors in the salad perfectly, and you have the added bonus of knowing exactly what's in it.

This salad goes together quickly. You can even make the vinaigrette ahead of time, have everything in the fridge ready to go, and then assemble at the last minute if you want.

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Fresh Orange Vinaigrette

For the salad:
1 (6 oz.) bag of fresh baby spinach, rinsed and spun dry
1 (14 oz.) can mandarin oranges, well drained
1 (6 oz.) carton fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
sliced almonds

For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 heaping teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon (rounded) table salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon jarred minced roasted garlic or equivalent
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Combine all ingredients for vinaigrette in a lidded jar and shake well to combine. Refrigerate until needed.

2. In a large serving bowl, combine spinach, oranges, and blueberries. Toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with almonds and serve with vinaigrette.

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Notes: I like to have the can of mandarin oranges refrigerated ahead of time when possible; just a personal preference. I tend to keep a can or two in my fridge most of the time anyway.

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  1. What a gorgeous salad! Def will be trying this.

  2. This looks good - thinking of going to pick blueberries next week I will have to try this. Thanks for the recipe.
    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  3. What a beautiful salad and perfect for the hot weather and humidity we are currently having! Thanks Joy!

  4. Always looking for new summertime salad ideas and definitely going to give this a whirl. Thanks Joy!!! :)

  5. Yum! This salad looks really good. I'm going to have to try it!

    Thanks for sharing the idea. I came over on the Think Tank Thursday link up. Glad to find your site.


  6. That salad just screams freshness and health! Superb! Thanks for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things!

  7. Joy,

    I love fresh salads especially in the summer time. Fresh Spinach and blueberries are amazing together. I will be trying this soon.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Diane Roark

  8. That looks delicious! My two year old always picks all the fruit off my salads, so I would be left with the spinach!

  9. Another WINNER! Your pictures are beautiful also. Thank you for such a fresh and wonderful summer salad recipe. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  10. My mouth is watering looking at this delicious salad and I can't help but say it is stunning to look at, too!
    I'm stopping by today from the Pinworthy Projects link party and wanted to let you know that I've pinned and tweeted this recipe for later!

    Kate | The Organized Dream

  11. Thanks for sharing at this week's party! Great to have you drop by and share your lovely salad. Pinned &Shared.

  12. I love a salad made with mandarin oranges and a great addition is chunks of chicken or chicken nuggets, sliced almonds and with a poppy seed dressing.

    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGFF this week!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. looks refreshing and delicious! :) #inspirationspotlight

  14. All my favorites! Pinned.

    Thanks for sharing.


  15. Hi Joy,
    Such a beautiful salad! Saw this at #FoodieFriDIY and had to come take a peek.
    Great flavours and the pics are perfect :)

  16. I'm loving that vinaigrette! I bet the orange adds such nice flavor. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds!

  17. Hi Joy! This is my favorite kind of salad and I love that you used almonds. I usually throw on toasted pecans but the almonds sound like a nice switch-up. Thanks for the idea! So glad you shared this on Inspiration Thursday and I hope to see you next week!

  18. This looks so refreshing! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  19. That looks wonderful, fresh mandarins are in season here so this salad would be perfect. Thanks for bringing it to the #HomeMattersParty

  20. Oh boy does that look good!! Such a great thing to have on a hot summer day


  21. That sounds so refreshing, Joy! I'm all about salads right now. :)

  22. What a gorgeous salad! It looks so good! I just made a dressing with orange juice the other was wonderful. I need to try your recipe now! So glad you shared this one with us at #FoodieFriDIY! Pinning and sharing!

  23. Yum! I've been trying my hand at making vinaigrettes this year and this one looks so yummy. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  24. This salad looks divine and so refreshing and one that I would love to try. Pinning!
    Thank you Joy for sharing your fantastic recipes with us on Brag About It!

  25. Joy, I love salads year round, but they taste especially delicious on a hot summer day. This sounds so refreshing and I think I have everything to make it. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

  26. Hi Joy!! I'm featuring this awesome salad tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

  27. Hi Joy,
    I just love your fresh salad, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  28. What a lovely salad, Joy, perfect for these very warm days we have been having! Your vinaigrette sounds so delicious too. Stumbling, pinning and will tweet. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop!

  29. What a beautiful salad. I love the addition of the blueberries. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Please join us again this week:-)

  30. I'm drooling right now! This looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  31. Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! Loving how fresh this salad looks!

  32. Hi Joy,
    With yummy ingredients like these, I will be making this dish for friends and family quite often. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Mandarin Spinach Salad with Fresh Orange Vinaigrette with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I'm pinning and sharing. I am delighted that you partied with us this week. It's such a pleasure to explore your blog and to make a new friend. All the best, Deborah

  33. This salad sounds so delicious and refreshing, perfect for summer! Thanks so much for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  34. Sunshine on a plate, perfect for al fresco dining. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts. Please add my badge or link back, thanks

  35. What a great combination salad Joy! Love mandarins! Pinned and shared!


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