A refreshing spinach orange salad with the contrasting flavors of spinach and orange with nuts for added crunch

A refreshing spinach orange salad with the contrasting flavors of spinach and orange with nuts for added crunch #spinach #salad #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

This spinach orange salad is Grant’s all-time favorite salad (except for the Spanish potato salad and the spinach peach salad) – but every time I make this for him, he tells me it’s his favorite.  Every time we get asked to bring a salad to a potluck, he suggests this.  Why?  Because this salad is so full of flavor and textures.

Think about it – spinach … good for you and Popeye, oranges … nice and refreshing, nuts … gives that crunch and cream cheese … if you can tolerate dairy, this lifts the salad to the next level.   Or you could just leave it out completely! 

The dressing is really simple – the recipe calls for freshly squeezed orange juice, but I often just use the bottled variety.  Try not to drench the salad in too much dressing – keep the spinach crispy just to get all those complementary textures going together in your mouth at once!

And enjoy this spinach orange salad – our family certainly does!

Spinach and orange salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of one orange

Salad

  • 100 g baby spinach
  • 2 oranges peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 125 g block cream cheese (can be omitted)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.
  2. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix either with hands or spoons.
  3. Just before serving, drizzle dressing through salad and mix.

Recipe Notes

The ingredient list gives approximate proportions, but you can adjust as you see fit. If you don't have fresh parsley, just add more spinach, or other green leafy vegetable.

A refreshing spinach orange salad with the contrasting flavors of spinach and orange with nuts for added crunch #spinach #salad #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

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