Mandarin Orange and Pecan Spinach Salad

by jerseygirl on April 2, 2009 · 28 comments

I’ll admit I have been a lazy blogger lately. It’s been a week since my last post and I’ll admit I have been doing more eating than posting. Last week, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review the new Seasons 52 that opened up in Cherry Hill. If you would like to hear about my experience, please read about it on Jersey Bites. I also met a bunch of Jersey bloggers for an Indian grocery tour and lunch at an Indian restaurant this past weekend. I will tell you more about that in my next post.

Today, I have a nice spring salad for you. The weather is finally warm and as soon as I finish my post I am going for a walk. The wonderful folks at the Green Valley Pecan Company sent me some delicious pecans to try and I decided to use them in this salad. I also used some of Trader Joe’s poppy seed dressing which has the perfect amount of tangyness and sweetness. I toasted the pecans to bring out the flavor and crunchiness. In order not to heat up my whole house with the oven, I toasted them lightly in a frying pan. See these beauties. They also gave the salad a nice crunchiness.


I am so excited as I just booked a family trip to NYC. We will be going for a long weekend and staying in midtown so I welcome any restaurant suggestions that you might have. We are hoping to get some good pizza and maybe eat at a few casual ethnic restaurants. Time for my walk!

Mandarin Orange and Pecan Spinach Salad

1 (6 oz) bag baby spinach

1/2 cup toasted pecans,

1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained

1/2 cup poppy seed dressing

Toss all ingredients together in a big salad bowl. Enjoy

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The Blonde Duck April 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I love madararin orange and pecan spinach salad! It’s one of my favorites!

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Mary April 2, 2009 at 7:41 pm

What a lovely spring combo. I’ll bet this is delicious.

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HoneyB April 2, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Sounds yummy and refreshing!

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Sharon April 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I have been lazy too! I can’t wait to hear about the Indian grocery trip. I love Indian food but am intimidated to cook bc of some of the ingredients!

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Donna-FFW April 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Sounds simple and delicious!! Perfect for spring!!

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Katrina April 2, 2009 at 9:07 pm

This is one of my favorite salads. My husband thinks it’s “ladies food”. He doesn’t like fruit in his salad. Crazy!

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Sara April 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

This looks like a great salad, I love mandarin oranges!

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Heather April 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

mmm. i love mandarin oranges. love the combo with the pecans :)

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Claudia April 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I love every ingredient. Especially fresh pecans … yes, definitely going to try this.

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That Girl April 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm

We just went to New York in December and had a great time!

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Aggie April 3, 2009 at 7:36 am

Oh Lisa, this salad looks so delicious and refreshing!!

I LOVE Seasons 52!! They opened the first one down here a couple of years ago and I was so impressed by it! We love sitting in the bar area and listening to the piano guy while eating their yummy HEALTHY food!! That’s so cool that the Jersey bloggers get together!!

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Lynda April 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

This salad looks so fresh, healthy and spring like! Yummy! I made a similar one the other day, but didn’t have those wonderful looking pecans that you used.

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kat April 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

Beautiful salad. I’m jealous of your trip to NYC

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Debbie April 3, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Looks like a very nice and tasty lunch Lisa!

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Pam April 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I love this kind of salad – it looks terrrific Lisa.

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tamilyn April 3, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I have a similar recipe, but mine calls for toasted almonds and a dressing made from oil, sugar and some hot sauce. Sounds yummy!

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Bunny April 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I am so ready for spring in Pa.! This salad is getting me in the mood for it!

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biz319 April 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I’ve always liked fruit in salads, but my husband, not so much!

Looks delicious!

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ChefDruck April 4, 2009 at 12:51 am

I love pecans in salad. I’ll have to try that TJ dressing.

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Maria April 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

Lovely salad!! I love adding fruit in my salads!

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Sophie April 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I love those combinations together!!! MMMMMMMMM……

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DCRose April 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I love spinich and pecans. This is a wonderful spring salad. Thanks. Fondly, DCRose

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Alpinebluesky April 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Excellent, I’m so happy that it’s salad season, thank you!

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Annie April 5, 2009 at 9:00 pm

The salad looks great…
Anything with pecans in it is awesome in my book!!

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Culinary Cory April 5, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Love the salad. Simple and crisp. Have fun in NYC!

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RecipeGirl April 6, 2009 at 1:18 am

NYC- how fun!

This sounds easy and good. Will have to check out the TJ’s Poppy Seed Dressing!

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Lori April 6, 2009 at 4:57 am

I love mandarin oranges. When I was small I would sit and just eat them out of the can!

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The Food Hunter April 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I love mandarin oranges in my salad. I just never seem to remember to add them. thanks for the reminder I will add some to tonights dinner.

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