baby spinach with mandarin oranges

Baby spinach with Mandarin oranges and Coconut

Salad is an essential part of every meal, but let’s face it, it does get a little boring sometimes. I’m always looking for ways to make it little more exciting. I start with the basic, what kind of greens? Then I look for color. And whatever may be seasonal. Finally, I choose some fun crunchy toppings to complete it. This salad of baby spinach with mandarin oranges is just one example.

Serves 4.


10 ounces of baby spinach
2 mandarin oranges
1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup walnut pieces


Peel and section the mandarin oranges. Assemble four salad plates, first with spinach, then with mandarin orange sections. Sprinkle coconut flakes and walnut pieces on top.

A simple mustard vinaigrette would complement this nicely.

Heather Jacobsen

Using my MSc to unravel the health & science behind grains, gluten & the gluten-free/paleo lifestyle. Foodie, photographer, mommy.

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