Spinach Salad

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Gluten Free Living – 2014

This Spinach Salad recipe is another in a long list of amazing Spinach Salad recipes that I’ve collected over the years. I adore Spinach Salad – especially when it has a lot of fruit and nuts. And this one has a slightly different twist than all the other ones, including a homemade poppyseed dressing that’s also quite tasty. I love the homemade glazed almonds, and I chose to make the dressing with honey instead of sugar.

This lovely salad comes from some friends that John has worked with over the years. Dale is a retired pastor who served in churches in Alaska, Texas and Colorado. We’ve been in their home several times for lunch. Marye almost always serves a delicious homemade soup and salad, along with a luscious dessert–usually some kind of pie that we just drool and drool over. Everything Marye makes is so wonderful that we’ve collected quite a few of her recipes over the years.

Spinach Salad is really quite easy to make. The salad only has five main ingredients and the dressing all goes in the blender and, poof, it’s ready in no time. We love the combination of flavors in this tasty and healthy salad. It does call for a teaspoon of sugar to glaze the almonds, but you might be able to do that with honey or agave nectar if you can’t do sugar. All in all, Spinach Salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, blueberries and glazed almonds with poppy seed dressing is quite amazing. It’s a great salad to serve for company, and it’s especially nice for special occasion luncheons as well.

I made up two batches of this spectacular salad last week. The first one was for some friends who were moving into their new home. In that batch I used sugar in the dressing. Then the next day I made up a batch of Spinach Salad for us and used honey in place of the sugar in the dressing. We thought the salad was great that way, too.

If you’re looking for a delightful Spinach Salad recipe, this one with 3 kinds of fruit and nuts is sure to do the trick. For someone like me who loves Spinach Salad in any combination, this salad is sure a winner. Not only that, but this simple Spinach Salad recipe is healthy, low calorie, gluten free and vegan. But just in case you’re not satisfied with just one great Spinach Salad recipe, you may want to consider these great Spinach Salad recipes too!

1) Spinach and Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

2) Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad

3) Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette

4) Spinach Pomegranate Salad

5) Mandarin Spinach Salad

6) Special Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Spinach Salad is fantastic. The homemade poppyseed dressing is excellent on this salad.

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This salad is great for holiday get-togethers because it’s so festive and beautiful.

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Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of the salad ingredients.


Here’s what I did.

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These are the ingredients I used for the salad. The sugar is to glaze the almonds.

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Place almonds and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until sugar melts and coats the almonds. Cool. Break almonds apart and set aside.

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Place spinach in a large salad bowl. Add sliced strawberries, drained mandarin orange segments (I also pat them dry) and blueberries. Sprinkle glazed almonds over top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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These are the ingredients I used for the salad dressing. The first batch of this salad went to some friends who were moving. The second batch I made for ourselves and I used honey instead of sugar.

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Place all ingredients in a blender and emulsify for about 10 seconds. Here’s what the dressing looks like.

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Spinach Salad is healthy, low calorie, gluten free and vegan.

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It’s easy for me to eat a large plate of this salad in one sitting!


Here’s the recipe.


(Recipe adapted from Marye Holley, Colorado Springs, CO)

Spinach Salad
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Marvelous spinach salad recipe with mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries and glazed almonds. This one has a homemade poppyseed dressing. Gluten free and vegan.
Recipe type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 10-oz. pkg. prewashed spinach (remove stem ends, if desired)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 14-oz. can mandarin orange sections, drained
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sugar (you can decrease this to one teaspoon if you prefer)
  1. Layer spinach, strawberries, mandarin orange sections, and blueberries in salad bowl.
  2. Combine almonds with sugar.
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted and almonds are coated.
  4. Cool and break almonds apart.
  5. Spread sugared almonds over top of other salad ingredients.
  6. Toss with Poppy Seed Dressing just before serving.
The original recipe calls for one teaspoon of sugar to glaze the almonds.

Poppyseed Dressing
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Marvelous spinach salad recipe with mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries and glazed almonds. This one has a homemade poppyseed dressing. Gluten free and vegan.
Recipe type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar or honey
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped onion
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  1. Mix ingredients in blender about 10 seconds until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Toss dressing with salad before serving.
  4. Makes about 1 ¼ cups.
Dressing can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days.


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Doesn’t Spinach Salad look scrumptious?

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We love spinach or lettuce salads with lots of fruit. This one sure does satisfy!

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3 Responses to “Spinach Salad”

  1. May 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    What a gorgeous salad! I bet it tastes wonderful. I love that it has poppyseed dressing to go on top.

    • May 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Thanks, Shari. It is wonderful. We loved the combination of flavors.


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