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Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad

Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad, www.thekusilife.com

I love getting together with friends – I have been friends with my college roommates for almost 20 years and love that we still make time to get together every now and then. We will usually make some of our favorite meals we ate in college – pizza bombs or navajo tacos – yum! We all pitch in and bring the fixings for the meal along with some sides and dessert. My roommate Emily brought this Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad to one of our get togethers and I have been hooked since! Every get together I take it to, people always ask for the recipe. Healthy spinach, candied almond slivers, bacon, mandarin oranges, and creamy poppy seed dressing are the perfect combination, and super easy to throw together!

The longest part of the recipe is the Slivered Candied Almonds I shared a while back, and really those really take only 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cool!

Candied Slivered Almonds - www.thekusilife.com

Really such a simple salad! It is best eaten fresh so I just bring all the fixins to the party. I toss the spinach in the bowl and top it with the candied almonds, mandarin oranges, mozzarella cheese, and bits of bacon on top….

Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad, www.thekusilife.com

Drizzle the poppy see dressing…..

Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad, www.thekusilife.com

And toss with tongs to serve!

Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad, www.thekusilife.com

Such a delicious combination, and we eat it with just about anything – from soups- to ham dinner- to pizza. So delicious!

I think the bacon and the candied almonds are what take it to the next level.What is a favorite salad topping for you?

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Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad, www.thekusilife.com

 

Candied Slivered Almonds, www.thekusilife.com
Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Candied Slivered Almonds, www.thekusilife.com
Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Make your candied almond slivers. Make sure they have at least 30 minutes to cool. I usually do mine the night before.
  2. Put your washed spinach in large bowl. Sprinkle the cheese, bacon bits, and candied almond slivers over the top. Drain the mandarin oranges and place on top. Drizzle the poppy seed dressing over salad - as much as you would like and toss with salad tongs. Serve with your favorite main dish and enjoy!
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24 thoughts on “Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad

  1. Janel b

    What a beautiful and colorful salad. That lemon poppy dressing sounds delightfully delicious. I’ve never put mandarins in salad before.

  2. Kim

    I love that we are getting into salad season! It’s so light and refreshing during the warmer months of the year! I can’t wait to try this!

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