Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Berries

4.84 from 6 votes

This Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Berries salad is loaded with goodies like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries. It's perfect for either a winter or summer salad!

This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it's perfect for a summer salad!

Spinach Salad Recipe with Mandarin Oranges and Berries

A while back, a new soup, salad and panini-style restaurant opened down the street from us. We couldn't wait to try it!

My eyes grew wide as soon as I stumbled across this spinach salad on their menu that has all of my favorite ingredients: fruit, goat cheese, spinach and a light, sweet dressing! Really what sold me was the goat cheese.

Anything with creamy goat cheese and I'm in! (I seriously love it in everything from biscuits to meatballs). I never know if I'll like a salad enough to order it again, but this one definitely had me coming back for more and more.

This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it's perfect for a summer salad!

Why you'll love this recipe

I've mentioned before that I've not always been a huge salad lover. My mom, on the other hand, loves salads and is always coming up with creative ones to go with dinner.

We typically have a salad with dinner every night, whether it's a homemade one or prepackaged and I used to let the bowl skip over me. I'm finicky about lettuce and really only like spinach salads. So when I'm in charge of the salad, it's going to be a spinach salad!

This recipe is so easy and delicious, and you're going to fall in love with it.

  • It can be made in all seasons with sweet mandarin oranges or any berries.
  • Salads make a great meal-prep lunch to take to work or school.
  • Spinach makes for a delicious base for all the bright and fruity ingredients.

There are so many textures in this salad, which makes every bite super interesting and tasty. If you need an easy side salad to go with dinner or to take as a lunch, this totally has to be it!

This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it's perfect for a summer salad!

Ingredients

After ordering the mandarin orange salad a handful of times, I decided it was time to try to make it myself at home. Luckily this salad was so easy to replicate because it has simple, whole ingredients.

It's fruity, crunch, sweet and tangy, so it checks all of the boxes. It's also super customizable with whatever is in season or your favorite salad toppings.

These are the simple ingredients you'll need:

  • can of mandarin oranges: Make sure to get the no-sugar-added kind. You could also sub canned peaches.
  • fresh spinach: My favorite is fresh baby spinach, but you can use kale instead.
  • dried cranberries: Raisins or dried apricots would work here.
  • blackberries: You can use strawberries or blueberries.
  • goat cheese crumbles: Substitute any crumbly cheese like feta cheese.
  • chopped pistachios: You can use sunflower seeds, sliced almonds or chopped pecans instead.

This salad is just so light, I could literally eat a huge bowl of it myself. It works well as a side salad with grilled turkey burgers or lemon pepper chicken thighs.

Or you can make it the main dish by adding your favorite protein. You could try it with slices of steak or chicken strips. I usually add leftovers (often these pan seared chicken thighs) from dinner the night before.

Other toppings you can add are red onions, green onion, sunflower seeds, peaches or other berries.

This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it's perfect for a summer salad!

Honey Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

I have really loved experimenting with salad dressings over the last few years of enjoying salads, so I always try to make simple vinaigrettes when I can.

Once you've made them once, it's really easy to substitute out the flavor (in this case orange juice) for another acid that goes with your spinach salad, such as lime juice or lemon juice.

Here are the dressing ingredients:

  • red wine vinegar
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • honey
  • fresh orange juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

If you like tangier dressings, you can easily add a bit more vinegar or less honey to make it a tangier dressing instead of a sweet vinaigrette.

If you're not up for making your own dressing, you can use balsamic vinaigrette or poppy seed dressing instead. Or this miso tahini dressing would be divine!

This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it's perfect for a summer salad!

How to make Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad

This salad is so easy to put together. Let's walk through it together.

First, make the dressing. Measure out the red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey and orange juice into a salad dressing shaker or a mason jar. Shake well to combine ingredients.

Add salt and pepper to taste and shake again. Set aside while you make the salad.

Next, wash and dry the spinach (you can use a salad spinner (affiliate)) and drain the juice from the mandarin oranges.

Then combine the mandarin orange slices, spinach, dried cranberries, blackberries, goat cheese and pistachios into a large bowl. Gently toss with tongs to combine.

If you are serving it right away, you can add the salad dressing to the bowl and toss with the spinach leaves some more. Plate it up on a large platter, salad plates or simply serve this simple salad in the large salad bowl you mixed it in.

If you're meal prepping for later, don't add the dressing until you're ready to eat.

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This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it's perfect for a summer salad!

Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Berries

This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it's perfect for a summer salad!
4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 side salads or 2 main dish salads
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

For dressing

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For salad

  • ½ cup canned mandarin oranges no sugar added
  • 9 oz spinach
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup goat cheese crumbles
  • ½ cup goat cheese crumbles
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios

Instructions

  • For dressing
  • Measure red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey and orange juice into a salad dressing shaker. Add salt and pepper to taste. Shake to combine ingredients. Set aside.
  • For salad
  • Drain the juice from the mandarin oranges. Wash and dry the spinach (you can use a salad spinner (affiliate)).
  • Combine oranges, spinach, dried cranberries, blackberries, goat cheese and pistachios in a large bowl. Gently toss with tongs to combine.
  • Pour dressing over individual bowls of salad.

Notes

If you don't have a dressing shaker, you can use a mason jar or even a cocktail shaker instead!
Don't want to make dressing? Try poppy seed dressing or use classic balsamic vinaigrette.
Feel free to top with other proteins like chicken or steak.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad | Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 360mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 39g
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24 Comments

  1. This salad is so delicious and all the flavors complimented so well. The dressing was my favorite part?we will definitely be making this salad again!

  2. From the pictures it looks like dried cranberries? The recipe doesn't specify...and I've never heard of cafe zuppa so i have absolutely no reference

  3. What a gorgeous salad! Not just visually but I love the combination of ingredients in this!

  4. I could hug you. My husband and I used to go to Zupas about once a week while we had a break during kids church night, but now he's told me we need to get back on a budget. :(((( I've been craving this salad and am SO excited to try it homemade!

    1. Ah, yay! I hope you make it at home and love it. I love making it at home because I can have as much as I want to 😉 Zupas is so good!

  5. Salads are so perfect in the summer, and I love this spinach salad. Such great flavors!

  6. I love salads, try to make one for dinner every night, so I am always looking for delicious, easy ideas. Thank you, can't wait to try this one.

    1. They're a new favorite of mine! I didn't think I'd like them much, but I really enjoy the taste now.