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Beautiful Salad Recipe
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Beautiful Salad

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"A spur-of-the-moment creation when I wanted something with a great flavor punch and lots of color, plus quick to prepare---this one fills the bill, with baby spinach and colorful cranberries and mandarin oranges, plus the crunch of sweetened almonds and the pungent feta cheese---a new favorite at our house! You may substitute blue cheese for the feta and any kind of sweetened pecans or walnuts, if desired, for the almonds."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. Place servings of spinach onto salad plates. Top with red onion, mandarin oranges, cranberries, sliced almonds and feta cheese in that order. Drizzle dressing over each salad.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 30, 2005

I am the original poster of this recipe, and I wanted to add that I often add a crunchy green such as romaine along with the spinach, and I sometimes add thinly sliced fresh mushrooms. We tried the blush wine vinaigrette as one reviewer suggested, and it was very good, but we still prefer the depth of flavor and punch the balsamic vinaigrette provides. Thanks for all the positive comments!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 17, 2006

This was good but not great.

Jan 14, 2006

My honey said it was the best salad he has ever had. I made it ahead of time and added the cheese just before serving. Thanks! I will be making this one alot :)

Apr 20, 2005

This was wonderful! It was such a nice break from regular salad, it was light but very filling with the nuts and cranberries. I added romaine lettuce for a different texture, and used sugared almonds instead of honey roasted ones. We served it at a dinner party with the Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (found on this site) and it was delicious.

Nov 25, 2004

I just tried this salad but upped the serving for 12 people for our Thanksgiving meal. I made only three slight changes, I used toffee flavered sliced almonds,used baby spinach with red lettuce to add more color,then to top it off we used Brianna's Blush Wine Vinaigrette (that was the key ingredient). It was the hit of the meal, plus there wasn't any left. Everyone loved it. It will now be our signature salad. Thanks!

Jan 11, 2006

Very nice salad, and pretty presentation. I used raspberry vinigarette the first time, which was good but I'm not crazy about how sweet it was. I would recommend blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinegarette dressing to go more 'tangy' than sweet. I'll be making this a bunch.

Jan 31, 2011

Boy was this good. Even my 8 yr old granddaughter couldn't get enough (I didn't tell her it was spinach). All the ingredients went so well together. I couldn't find honey-roasted sliced almonds so I used honey-roasted cashews and chopped them. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Jan 12, 2006

I make this all the time and it is great. You will always get rave reviews when serving and you can vary it greatly. I like blue cheese and toasted walnuts best.


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  • Calories
  • 459 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 29.5 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 6.2 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 811 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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