Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts

Spinach-Mandarine-Walnut Salad

Living three decades in the the US, mainly the South, I learned to slap bacon on almost everything. This Spinach Salad is great if you are on a Low Carb diet, and also can be healthy for Vegetarians by substituting or eliminating the bacon.

  • Spinach-Mandarine-Walnut Salad with Scallops
  • Spinach-Mandarine-Walnut Salad ingredients
  • roasted Walnuts
  • Bacon
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Red Onions
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Vinegar and Oil, Essig und öl
  • Sea Scallops

Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts

Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts
Category: Side
Cuisine: American-South
Prep Time: 20 minutes

This is great if you are on a Low Carb diet. The bacon can be left off, or substituted with a vegetarian or turkey bacon. The dressing can be heated and served warm separately with each salad bowl. Serving suggestion: Eat with sea scallops, chicken strips or place egg slices on top.


  • 5 pieces fried bacon, crumbled (save drippings). Can be substituted with vegetarian bacon or fried turkey bacon
  • 1 (11 ounce can mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained, reserve syrup. Fresh mandarin oranges can be used with some orange juice for the dressing
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced or chopped (optional green onion)
  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts or almonds
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons bacon drippings (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar (white or red, optional Balsamic)
  • 1/3 cup light mandarin orange syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar


  • Add the chopped walnuts to a skillet and place over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until fragrant, about two minutes. Remove from pan and wipe clean. Fry the bacon until crispy and let drip off a plate with paper towel. Let cool.
  • Toss in a large bowl spinach leaves, mandarines, bacon bits, sliced or chopped red (green onions) and the walnuts.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Serve immediately.


Salad will keep in the fridge for a couple days without dressing.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 bowl

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