Effortless Spinach Salad

I am not sure how I feel about salad.  It’s a mood food for me.  When we go out to eat I frequently enjoy soup and salad.  My favorite is a lettuce salad and grilled steak, pork chop or chicken breast.  So, I eat a salad at home every now and again … if the mood hits me.

For our December Hand-E-Hands Club Meeting I was the designated salad person.  I found this Effortless Spinach Salad from Ocean Spray in a magazine.  The picture was pretty and colored just right for this time of year.  I had left over dried cranberries from my Christmas Goodies .  I also needed to use up some sliced almonds that have been in my freezer forever.


8 ounces Fresh Spinach – I used a bag of mixed greens
1/4 C Red Onion, thinly sliced – You may want to taste test the onion to make sure it’s a mild one.
1/2 C Dried Cranberries
2 T toasted sliced Almonds, optional

1/2 cup bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
2 T Orange Juice
1 teaspoon Orange Zest, optional


Wash and clean spinach or greens. Tear into bite size pieces and place in a serving bowl. Add onion, dried cranberries and almonds; toss to combine.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat.  Serve immediately.

Colorful, easy and delicious!


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8 Responses to Effortless Spinach Salad

  1. Stevie says:

    Thanks for the new way to use spinach. Our spinach is taking over the garden and this looks delicious. Stevie @ ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

  2. Candy C. says:

    Beautiful salad! I’m more of a salad person in the summer. In the winter, I want carrots and parsnips and broccoli and Brussels sprouts and cabbage and rutabagas and … and … well, you get the idea! LOL!!

  3. Kim says:

    I eat salad all year ’round. I will have to try the “dressed up” dressing.

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  5. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Robyn,
    This is a great winter salad with the combination of cranberries and orange. We would really enjoy this salad. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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