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Spinach Clementine Salad

Baby spinach, crunchy almonds, red onions, and clementines bursting with sweet juice are combined to make this refreshing, easy and nutritious Spinach Clementine Salad.

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I truly enjoy this Spinach and Clementine Salad. In fact, I have become addicted to it and make it as much as I can when fresh clementines are in season.

The tender baby spinach combined with the soft goat cheese, the crunchy almonds, the sweet clementines (or mandarins) and the sharp flavor of the red onions create a tasty blend of flavors that make this salad extra tasty.

Since clementines are popular during the holiday period, I find this salad perfect for serving during the winter and holiday season.

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How to Make it

What's really great about this spinach based salad is that it's made with only a handful of simple to find nutrient-rich ingredients.

Because this salad only has a few ingredients, it's also so easy and quick to make which means you might just find yourself making it more often than other salads!

Ingredients Overview:

  • Baby spinach: Though regular will work if you can't get your hands on baby spinach.
  • Clementines: Though tangerines, mandarins and oranges would also work.
  • Almonds: I use Marcona almonds in this recipe but regular blanched almonds will do.
  • A small red onion.
  • Goat cheese: You can also use feta cheese.
  • Pomegranate arils (seeds) would also make a great addition to this winter salad.

All of the complementing flavors and contrasting textures of these seasonal ingredients come together to form a healthy and delicious salad.

Since this spinach salad is packed with flavourful ingredients, all you need is a simple vinaigrette to dress it with. The dressing is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. Here are the ingredients for the salad dressing:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pure apple cider vinegar: Can substitute with white wine vinegar.
  • Honey (maple syrup can also be used)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • If desired, you could also add a touch of crushed garlic to the dressing.

Steps Overview:

Start by making the dressing and setting it aside. I like to make my salad dressings in small mason jars. I find it's handy for storing leftover dressing and it's also convenient since you can give the jar a good shake before pouring the dressing on the salad!

Rinse and dry the spinach, place it in a large salad bowl or platter and then scatter the clementine segments onto the salad along with the slivered red onion, almonds and crumbled goat cheese. When ready to serve, dress the salad with the reserved salad dressing.

Top view of Spinach and Clementine Salad served in bowl with extra dressing on the side.

Serving Suggestions

This clementine salad will serve four people as a starter or a side dish. If you are having it as a main, there will probably only be enough for 2 to 3, depending on your appetite. Simply double the salad and dressing ingredients to feed a larger group.

If you have leftover spinach and happen to own a juicer, give this delicious Pineapple Spinach Juice a try, it's one of the most popular recipes on this blog!

Enjoy!

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Spinach Clementine Salad

Baby spinach and clementines bursting with sweet juice are combined to make this easy and delicious Spinach Clementine Salad.
4.43 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 218 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Salad:

  • 5 cups packed baby spinach washed
  • 4-5 clementines peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup unsalted toasted Marcona almonds (or regular almonds) coarsely chopped
  • ¼ small red onion sliced into thin slivers
  • 2 Tablespoons crumbled soft goat cheese more to taste

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Salad Dressing

  • For the dressing, combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper and whisk until the dressing has emulsified. Set aside.

Spinach Clementine Salad

  • In a large bowl, top the baby spinach with the clementines, red onion, almonds, and goat cheese.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well or serve the dressing on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 119mgPotassium: 401mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3595IUVitamin C: 47.2mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword Clementine Salad, Spinach and Clementine Salad
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Moira

Friday 13th of February 2015

Hi! Thank you for all the likes and for checking out several of my posts. I see we have similar tastes in food... I think I'll try your beet chocolate brownies this weekend. -Moira

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Friday 13th of February 2015

It was my pleasure, I'm looking forward to trying your zucchini bread recipe, I'm looking for ways to sneak in healthy veggies into foods my daughter will eat :) You definitely will not be disappointed with the chocolate beet cupcakes, they are still my absolute favourite.

More Time at the Table

Tuesday 6th of January 2015

Looks lovely!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Tuesday 6th of January 2015

Thank you!

Myrna

Saturday 22nd of March 2014

This salad is delicious!!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Saturday 22nd of March 2014

Thank you Myrna! Glad you think so.

Christiane

Monday 17th of March 2014

The combination of the sweet dressing, the spinach and the clementines is delicious! This salad is perfect for this season.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 17th of March 2014

Thanks Christiane, I completely agree and I'm glad you think so as well!

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