Spinach Salad with Sweet Balsamic and Blood Orange Dressing

Spinach Salad

Prince Charles is very relaxed at the table, throwing his salad around willy-nilly. I didn’t find him stiff at all.
Madonna Ciccone

Spinach Salad with Sweet Balsamic and Blood Orange Dressing

by ibbeachnana

I’m Popeye the sailor man, I’m Popeye the sailor man,
I’m strong to the finish because I eats me spinach,
I’m Popeye the sailor man!”

A friend inspired me to make a spinach salad with strawberries and suggested adding mandarin orange sections. She led me to a recipe that she has used before so I went from there and added other fresh berries, Craisins, crumbled gorgonzola and completely changed the dressing. A fresh and light salad with a tangy sweet dressing that went over quite well with friends for a casual dinner. They had a nice bottle of local wine that went nicely with the salad, a Blackberry Merlot. I really didn’t measure anything so you can add as much or as little of the ingredients as you please

Serves 4-6

  • 12 ounces cleaned and dried baby spinach
  • 1/2 small head of Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves, cleaned and dried
  • 3 ounces fresh raspberries, rinsed and dried
  • 3 ounces blackberries, rinsed and dried
  • 5-6 ounces canned drained mandarin oranges
  • 1 1/2 ounce honey roasted almonds or nuts of your choice
  • 1-2 ounce crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tablespoon blood orange olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon White balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey or 2-3 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, sugar, honey, and salt and pepper, taste for sweetness. You might substitute the blood orange oil with blood orange juice added to some mild olive oil or maybe the mandarin orange juice. Make your salad either on individual chilled salad plates or in a big salad bowl. Dress and toss just before serving. I start by adding just about 1/2 of the dressing and add more if necessary.