Spinach and Cranberry Salad

Gluten Free Living – 2014

Spinach and Cranberry Salad is a quick and easy salad you can assemble in about ten to fifteen minutes — and that includes making the dressing! It only uses a handful of ingredients making ease of preparation very simple. This tasty salad includes spinach, red onion, goat cheese, almonds and dried cranberries. That’s it! The salad dressing includes orange juice and orange zest mixed with a balsamic vinaigrette. I used Bolthouse Farms Olive Oil Vinaigrette because it uses healthier ingredients than a lot of salad dressings. It’s quick, easy and refreshing.

I was making a meal last month for friends who recently moved from across the DFW Metroplex and I included this tasty salad on the menu. Because it was so easy, I went ahead and made up a batch for us as well. Even though this salad is really pretty basic, it had a really nice tangy flavor with the combination of orange zest in the dressing and the cranberries in the salad.

If you’re looking for a delicious salad to make for friends or family that’s quick and easy to whip up, then try out Spinach and Cranberry Salad and the lovely Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette. It’s healthy, low calorie, gluten free and a nice change of pace from regular tossed salads. You can easily make this vegan by leaving off the cheese or using a soy-based cheese instead. If you prefer a sweeter dressing, simply add two tablespoons of honey to the ingredients. You will enjoy the crunchiness and varying textures of Spinach and Cranberry Salad. I’m sure. 😉

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

Spinach and Cranberry Salad is a tasty way to get your veggies.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

The Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette is tart and tangy. A delightful accompaniment to this salad. But you can always add a couple of tablespoons of honey if you don’t care for tart dressings.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

Spinach and Cranberry Salad is a great salad for company, too.

 

Here’s what I did.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

I used these 5 ingredients to make the salad.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

Spread spinach in a salad bowl. Add diced onion.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

Add craisins, almonds and goat cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

I used these three ingredients to make the salad dressing. Combine and drizzle vinaigrette over top of individual salads.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

If you enjoy dried cranberries and almonds you will love this refreshing salad.

 

Here’s the recipe.

SPINACH AND CRANBERRY SALAD

(Recipe adapted from Ocean Spray)

Print Recipe
Spinach and Cranberry Salad BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Tasty and delicious salad is so quick and easy to make. Includes spinach, dried cranberries, almonds and goat cheese with a tangy Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SALAD:
ORANGE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SALAD:
ORANGE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:
Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree
Instructions
SALAD:
  1. Layer ingredients in a salad bowl in order listed.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Toss before serving.
  4. Drizzle salad dressing over individual salad plates.
ORANGE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:
  1. Whisk ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you like a sweeter dressing I recommend adding two tablespoons honey.

Recipe adapted from Ocean Spray.

 

[b]Spinach and Cranberry Salad[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from[url href=”http://www.oceanspray.com/Recipes/Corporate/Sauces,-Sides-Salads/Effortless-Spinach-Salad.aspx” target=”_blank” title=”effortless spinach salad”] Ocean Spray[/url]
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Tasty and delicious salad is so quick and easy to make. Includes spinach, dried cranberries, almonds and goat cheese with a tangy Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Ingredients
  • 10-oz. baby spinach
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ to 2/3 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients in a salad bowl in order listed.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Toss before serving.
  4. Drizzle salad dressing over individual salad plates.

 

[b]Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.oceanspray.com/Recipes/Corporate/Sauces,-Sides-Salads/Effortless-Spinach-Salad.aspx” target=”_blank” title=”effortless spinach salad”]Ocean Spray[/url]
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Tasty and delicious salad is so quick and easy to make. Includes spinach, dried cranberries, almonds and goat cheese with a tangy Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (I used [url href=”http://bolthouse.com/product/classicbalsamic” target=”_blank” title=”bolthouse farms classic olive oil balsamic vinaigrette”]Bolthouse Farms[/url] Olive Oil Vinaigrette)
  • 4 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 ½ tsp. orange zest
Instructions
  1. Whisk ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
If you like a sweeter dressing I recommend adding two tablespoons honey.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

The nice thing about Spinach and Cranberry salad is it’s healthy, low calorie and gluten free.

Spinach and Cranberry Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #salad with #spinach, #goatcheese, #driedcranberries, #almonds and a tasty #orange #balsamicvinaigrette. #glutenfree

This quick and easy salad will only take about ten to fifteen minutes to prepare and that includes the salad dressing. It’s an excellent choice for those days when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare dinner.

You may also enjoy these delicious recipes!

Spinach, Apple and Bacon Salad with Sugar-Glazed Walnuts

Spinach, Apple and Bacon Salad with Sugar-Glazed Walnuts - IMG_7469

 

Spinach and Bacon Salad with Lemon Pepper Dill Dressing

Spinach and Bacon Salad with Lemon Pepper Dill Dressing - IMG_2714.jpg.jpg

 

Spinach Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette - IMG_8908.jpg.jpg

You may find these items helpful for making this recipe.

This post has Affiliate Links.

4 Replies to "Spinach and Cranberry Salad"

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.