A spur-of-the-moment creation when I wanted something with a great flavour and lots of colour. This salad has baby spinach leaves, red onion, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, almonds and feta cheese. Of course, this salad will also work with any type of orange but tinned mandarins work well if you're stuck.
I am the original poster of this recipe, and I wanted to add that I often add a crunchy green such as romaine along with the spinach, and I sometimes add thinly sliced fresh mushrooms. We tried the blush wine vinaigrette as one reviewer suggested, and it was very good, but we still prefer the depth of flavor and punch the balsamic vinaigrette provides. Thanks for all the positive comments! - 30 Mar 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My honey said it was the best salad he has ever had. I made it ahead of time and added the cheese just before serving. Thanks! I will be making this one alot - 14 Jan 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was wonderful! It was such a nice break from regular salad, it was light but very filling with the nuts and cranberries. I added romaine lettuce for a different texture, and used sugared almonds instead of honey roasted ones. We served it at a dinner party with the Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (found on this site) and it was delicious. - 20 Apr 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)