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I first had this salad during Christmas at my in-laws and fell in love with this salad. I’ve made it so many times in the last couple of weeks you think I would be sick of it, but I can’t get enough. It’s super quick to toss together and has all the great textures from the nuts and the sweetness from the dried cranberries.

Effortless Spinach Salad

(Adapted from Ocean Spray)

Makes 4 servings.


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8 ounces fresh spinach

1/2 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries

2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds, optional (I used walnuts)



1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (I used La Madeleine Balsamic Vinaigrette)

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest, optional


Wash and clean spinach. Tear into bite size pieces and place in a serving bowl. Add half of the feta or goat cheese and onion; toss to combine.


Combine dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl.


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Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with dried cranberries and almonds. Serve immediately.

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