Bacon Mandarin Orange Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

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. You may also love this seven layer salad. 


Bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

Mandarin Oranges

Fresh baby spinach

Purple onion, cut up or chopped

Toasted sesame seeds


Bacon drippings

Garlic powder

Red wine vinegar

Mandarin orange syrup


Black pepper

Lemon juice

Sugar, Optional

This is a very refreshing salad and wonderful side dish to any meal. The dressing really does take this salad to the next level and you could easily add almonds or pecans in place of the sesame seeds. Pineapple combined with the oranges would be a great addition too. Very versatile salad.

Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad-The Southern Lady Cooks

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Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad

This Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad is so refreshing!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mandarin Orange Salad
Servings: 6 servings


  • 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.


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.

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