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Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges

This spinach mandarin salad is a simple spring salad with a blast of freshness. Dressed in a tasty citrus dressing, this superfood spinach salad with mandarin oranges is an entree salad or a side salad that goes with everything!
Prep Time20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 125kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Baby spinach or 8 ½ cups
  • 1 red onion cut into thin slices
  • 3 mandarin oranges Peeled, separated into segments, and cut in half. Or 1 10-ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained.
  • 1 English cucumber cut into slices and cut in halves
  • 1 pint Grape tomatoes cut in half
  • ½ cup tofu feta cheese optional
  • 1 15 ounce can Northern beans Drained and rinsed
  • 5 Red beets sliced thin

Citrus Dressing

Instructions

  • Place spinach on a platter.
  • Add the other salad ingredients.
  • Add tofu feta to the top (if using)

Citrus Dressing

  • Whisk ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Do not dress the salad until ready to serve.

Notes

  • Buy organic spinach. Spinach has spongy, porous leaves that, unfortunately, are excellent at soaking up pesticides. The EWG found that 97 percent of conventional spinach samples contained some.
  • Don't dress the salad until you plan to eat it. Unlike greens like kale, spinach is softer, and the salad will get soggy if dressed ahead of time.
  • Be sure to drain and rinse the beans. The bean aquafaba is sticky and can cause the salad to wilt if the beans are not properly rinsed.
  • If using canned mandarin oranges, choose natural juices instead of syrup. Also, drain the oranges, and lay them on paper towels to remove excess liquid before adding them to the salad.
  • For additional flavor, try pickled red onions instead of raw red onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 899mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 6349IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 3mg