Spinach salad with mandarin oranges, roasted beets, goat cheese, and walnuts makes a simple but well-balanced salad.

spinach salad with mandarin oranges

This spinach salad is all about simple ingredients with big flavor. Baby spinach leaves with roasted beets, sweet mandarin oranges, creamy goat cheese, and walnuts drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.

Just like our mandarin crunch salad, this is a great side salad to serve alongside just about any main dish or turn the salad into a dinner salad by adding your favorite protein, such as roasted bone-in chicken breast.

Favorite Shortcut to Cooked Beets

Beets are one of winter’s sweetest treats. When raw they taste earthy and bitter but when roasted they turn pleasantly sweet. Making them a delicious vegetable to add to salads. If you want to roast beets yourself, I have detailed step-by-step instructions in roasted beet salad with avocado.

If you want to skip roasting the beets in the oven, simply pick up steamed, vacuumed-packed beets in the produce section. They are readily available at most supermarkets. Cut open the package, slice the beets, and add them to the salad. It couldn’t be easier.

spinach and mandarin orange salad

Ingredients for Spinach Mandarin Salad


  • baby spinach
  • canned mandarin oranges
  • cooked beets
  • goat cheese
  • walnuts


  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • dijon mustard
  • olive oil
spinach mandarin salad ingredients

Can I Use Fresh Mandarin Oranges?

I actually prefer canned mandarin oranges in this salad. They are sweeter, and more tender as they are peeled, and add just the right amount of sweetness to the salad.

Look for canned mandarin oranges that are “unsweetened” or “no sugar added”.

How to Make Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad

This spinach salad with mandarin oranges comes together in a cinch. Here’s how you make it:

salad dressing in a bowl

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey, and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in the oil until blended.

spinach salad with dressing in a bowl

Add spinach to a large platter. Then add drained mandarin oranges, thinly sliced beets, goat cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad. Lightly season with salt and pepper to taste.

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spinach salad recipe

Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chopped
  • Cuisine: American


Spinach salad with mandarin oranges, roasted beets, goat cheese, and walnuts makes a simple but well-balanced salad. 


Units Scale
  • 45 oz. fresh baby spinach
  • 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 medium cooked beets, thinly sliced, about 68 oz.
  • 2 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper



  1. Whisk together the vinegar, honey, and mustard. Slowly whisk in the oil until blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. On a large platter arrange the spinach with all the toppings on top. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Lightly season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.


  • Mandarin Oranges: Look for oranges labeled “unsweetened” or “no added sugar”.
  • Beets: Use your favorite method for cooking beets. Or pick up cooked vacuum sealed beets at the supermarket, usually found in the produce section.
  • Goat Cheese: Not a fan of goat cheese? Try crumbled feta cheese instead – it’s equally as delicious.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 11.6 g
  • Sodium: 122.6 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.4 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.4 mg