Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree

Spinach Salad

May 12, 2014Teresa

Gluten Free Living – 2014

This Spinach Salad recipe absolutely delicious. It’s so easy to make too. Even the glazed almonds and homemade poppyseed dressing don’t take more than five minutes a piece. This 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. 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. I made two batches of dressing–one with honey and one with sugar. Both were excellent.

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 served a delicious homemade soup and salad, along with a luscious dessert. She usually made some kind of pie that we just drooled and drooled over. Everything Marye made was so wonderful that we’ve collected quite a few of her recipes over the years. Unfortunately, Marye is no longer with us, but we still carry her in our hearts. I think about her every time I make this delicious salad.

Spinach Salad is really quite easy to make. The salad only has five main ingredients. 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: Spinach and Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed DressingKiwi-Strawberry Spinach SaladFruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic VinaigretteSpinach Pomegranate SaladMandarin Spinach Salad and Special Strawberry Spinach Salad. All of these recipes are delicious and so delightful.

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

Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree

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

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This inviting salad is full of healthy ingredients and anti-oxidants. You’d never know you were eating so healthy!

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients fore 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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I used these ingredients 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. 

Now that avocado oil is more readily available then when I first published this recipe, I highly recommend it instead of canola oil. It doesn’t have the strong aftertaste of olive oil, and it’s so much healthier than canola, soy or vegetable oils.

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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.

Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree

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

Here’s the recipe.

SPINACH SALAD

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

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Spinach Salad BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This marvelous Spinach Salad recipe includes mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries and glazed almonds. This one has a homemade poppyseed dressing. It's a terrific salad for company or holiday dinners like Easter, Mother's Day or Father's Day. Gluten free and vegan.
Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5-10 minutes
Passive Time 5-10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SALAD:
POPPYSEED DRESSING:
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5-10 minutes
Passive Time 5-10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SALAD:
POPPYSEED DRESSING:
Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree
Instructions
SALAD:
  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.
POPPYSEED DRESSING:
  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.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Dressing can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

NOTE: When I initially posted this recipe in May 2014, avocado oil was not as readily available as it is today (May 2018). I highly recommend using avocado oil instead of canola oil in the salad dressing.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Spinach Salad[/b]
 
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Marye Holley, Colorado Springs, CO
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Marvelous spinach salad recipe with mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries and glazed almonds. This one has a homemade poppyseed dressing. Gluten free and vegan.
Ingredients
  • 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
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sugar (you can decrease this to one teaspoon if you prefer)
Instructions
  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.
 
Notes
The original recipe calls for one teaspoon of sugar to glaze the almonds.

 

[b]Poppyseed Dressing[/b]
 
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Marye Holley, Colorado Springs, CO
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Marvelous spinach salad recipe with mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries and glazed almonds. This one has a homemade poppyseed dressing. Gluten free and vegan.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar or honey
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped onion
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
Instructions
  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.
 
Notes
Dressing can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Doesn’t Spinach Salad look scrumptious?

Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree

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

Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree

Your taste buds will get an explosion of flavor with this amazing Spinach Salad.

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Spinach, Apple and Bacon Salad with Sugar-Glazed Walnuts

Spinach, Apple and Bacon Salad with Sugar-Glazed Walnuts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is one of our favorite #salads. It's filled with #bacon, #apples & #feta cheese. Then homemade glazed #walnuts are added on top. Perfect #salad for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #spinach #glutenfree

Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #salad uses #strawberries, #peaches, whole #pecans & #feta cheese along with a homemade dressing. It's wonderful for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #glutenfree

Spinach and Bacon Salad with Lemon Pepper Dill Dressing

Spinach and Bacon Salad with Lemon Pepper Dill Dressing | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic high protein #salad is terrific for hot summer days when you don't want to heat up your kitchen. It's hearty, filling & totally satisfying as a main dish meal. #glutenfree #hardboiledeggs #cheese #mushrooms #tomatoes #bacon

 

Print Recipe
Spinach Salad BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This marvelous Spinach Salad recipe includes mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries and glazed almonds. This one has a homemade poppyseed dressing. It's a terrific salad for company or holiday dinners like Easter, Mother's Day or Father's Day. Gluten free and vegan.
Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5-10 minutes
Passive Time 5-10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SALAD:
POPPYSEED DRESSING:
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5-10 minutes
Passive Time 5-10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SALAD:
POPPYSEED DRESSING:
Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this luscious #spinach #salad includes #blueberries #strawberries #mandarinoranges & homemade glazed #almonds & #poppyseed dressing. It's terrific for company or #holiday dinners like #Easter, #MothersDay or #FathersDay. #vegan #glutenfree
Instructions
SALAD:
  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.
POPPYSEED DRESSING:
  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.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Dressing can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

NOTE: When I initially posted this recipe in May 2014, avocado oil was not as readily available as it is today (May 2018). I highly recommend using avocado oil instead of canola oil in the salad dressing.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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