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This Spinach Salad with Sliced Apples and Mandarin Oranges and a homemade Mandarin-Poppy Seed dressing is so delicious it will have you going for seconds!
Whenever anyone in my family has a dinner party and I ask what I can bring, the request is usually “bring one of those delicious salads that you make, you know, the ones with the fruit and the nuts.” And it’s true, I am awesome at putting together delicious salads. You see, it’s pretty easy: all you need for a perfect salad is a combination of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy, and acidic & oily for the dressing.
This Apple Mandarin Orange Salad with homemade Mandarin-Poppy Seed Dressing has it all, and it is what I will be bringing to dinner parties this Fall. I also plan on serving it with dinner whenever we have anyone over this Fall.
It’s a perfect Fall salad because Gala apples are in season. And it is great for entertaining because it is ridiculously easy to put together so you can focus on what matters – your guests!
The toppings for this salad make the perfect combination of sweet/salty/crunchy/soft – feta cheese, apples, mandarin orange slices, and Honey Almonds Glazed Mix from Sahale Snacks. The Honey Almonds Glazed Mix add a delicious crunch to every bite of the salad, and they are both salty and sweet, doing triple work to make this salad delicious.
The Honey Almonds Glazed Mix contains whole roasted almonds, tart cranberries, Madagascar vanilla bean and they are glazed with honey, toasted sesame seeds, and a bit of sea salt. They’re irresistible, I tell ya. I am pretty sure half the bag didn’t make it into the salad the first time I made the salad. I smartened up next time – got a couple of bags to make sure I don’t run out if I have a snack attack while preparing this salad.
Sahale Snacks also makes several other delicious flavors of mixes – Raspberry Crumble Cashew Trail Mix, Maple Pecans Glazed Mix, Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix, Naturally Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews Glazed Mix, Tangerine Vanilla Cashew-Macadamia Glazed Mix, and my other favorite – the Thai Cashews Glazed Mix. They are ALL good, and are great for setting out in bowls so your guests can snack on them while you get dinner ready.
Any of these mixes would be amazing on top of salad, so don’t be afraid to try different ones on top of this salad. They are all gluten-free, non-GMO, and Kosher.
Take advantage of the digital coupons available at the following retailers to get $1.50 off one 4-oz bag. The coupon is valid from October 29 through December 29, and you can find them here for each of the Ahold stores:
I get my Sahale Snacks at the Stop & Shop in Bayonne, where you can also find the rest of the ingredients for this delicious Apple Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad salad: