Spinach Salad with Mandarin Orange Dressing

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 6 servings

Brown sugar and balsamic vinegar give this salad a spicy, sweet-tart kick.


1 (12-ounce) bag fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, and torn into pieces
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 ounces shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/3 cup fat-free chicken broth
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 dashes hot sauce
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin orange slices, drained


  1. Combine the spinach, green onions, water chestnuts and Monterey Jack cheese. Toss well and set aside.
  2. Combine the brown sugar; chicken broth, vinegar and hot sauce in a small saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the mandarin orange slices. Pour the mandarin mixture over the spinach mixture. Toss gently. Serve immediately.