While cruising through The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook by the Podleski sisters, I came across a spinach salad featuring mandarin oranges that looked too good to pass up. I tweaked a little and my guys ate a lot.

Mandarin Orange-Bacon-Egg Spinach Salad (2)

Salad without Red Onion-Balsamic Dressing

Mandarin Orange-Bacon-Egg Spinach Salad

Salad with Red Onion-Balsamic Dressing

6 oz fresh baby spinach

1-1/2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms

1-15 oz can mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained (but save the syrup–you’ll need it for the dressing)

4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced thin

1/2 cup feta cheese

8 slices turkey bacon

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 of a medium-sized red onion, sliced thin

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1) To large salad bowl add: spinach, mushrooms, mandarin oranges, eggs, and feta cheese; refrigerate

2) To large skillet over medium-high heat, add bacon and fry until crisp; remove from heat, let cool several minutes, and chop; scatter over spinach salad (top picture shows salad without dressing)

3) Return bacon-coated skillet to stove, add olive oil, and heat over medium-high; add onion and, stirring often, cook 8-10 minutes until onions soften and begin to caramelize; reduce heat to low and add reserved mandarin orange syrup, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard; stirring occasionally, cook 5-6 minutes until dressing reduces slightly; remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes; drizzle onion-balsamic dressing over spinach salad, and toss (second picture shows salad with dressing); serve immediately


Servings: 4 dinner-sized portions


  1. Teresa says:

    What did you think of the dressing? Was it too strong with the balsamic vinegar? I have a dressing that’s very similar and really like it.

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  3. Riekie says:

    My granddaughter made the salad Sunday with the balsamic dressing
    loved so much I made the same for friends they all loved it
    Thank you

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