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Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad-TSLC

Salads are a favorite at my house especially during the summer months.  This Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad is one of our favorites.  If it has bacon, I like it!  This salad is very versatile and you can make it your own by adding other fruits, nuts, etc.


5 pieces bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled (save drippings)

1 (15 ounce can mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained, reserve syrup (You could use fresh oranges in the salad and orange juice in the dressing)

2 to 3 cups fresh baby spinach

1/3 cup purple onion, cut up or chopped (could use green onion or just regular onion)

2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (could use toasted almonds or just about any kind of nuts you like)


3 to 4 tablespoons bacon drippings

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/3 cup light mandarin orange syrup

2 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons sugar, Optional

Combine salad ingredients and toss to mix well.  Combine dressing ingredients and heat until warm.  I put my dressing in a small pitcher like a cream pitcher and let each person add the amount they want at the table. Salad will keep in the fridge for a couple days without dressing.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.  Enjoy!

Note:  You can buy sesame seeds already toasted in the spice section of your supermarket or you can put them on a baking sheet and toast in 325 degree oven about 10 minutes until brown. I love using sesame seeds in all kinds of recipes because they are very rich in calcium.

Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad TSLC

If you like this recipe, you might also like:

 Kitchen Sink Salad

Amish Pasta Salad

Cauliflower Salad

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  1. Christianne Boudreau says:

    Well, this recipe worked well. The kitchen rats loved it so much that now they’re all working out in the living room. Definitely something that I will make again and again. Now I’m going to try and secretly film the muscle show happening.

  2. Crumbled feta or bleu cheese would really top it off.

  3. Sounds and looks beautiful. going to try it. thanks

  4. I made a spinach salad with walnuts, baby spinach and red onion BUT I never thought of putting bacon in it. And we all know how bacon brings everything ‘up a notch’! I know I’m also going to love that special salad dressing.

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