Recipe Box, Blueberry, Orange & Almond Spinach Salad

This is a lovely warm weather salad,

full of fresh blueberries and mandarin oranges

It’s light and refreshing and sure to tickle your tastebuds!

Crisp romaine lettuce, baby spinach, mandarin oranges,

cucumber slices, and fresh blueberries

make up the salad

Fresh orange juice, poppy seed dressing

and sliced almonds top the salad

Place the salad ingredients in a bowl and add the fruit and cucumber

The inspiration recipe has a homemade poppy seed dressing

made with orange juice, {recipe here}

but I had a good bottled Poppy Seed dressing in my refrigerator

so I simply squeezed half a fresh orange over the salad

Squeeze the orange over the salad and drizzle it with dressing

Toss to coat the salad with dressing

Then garnish with almond topping

I used packaged honey roasted almonds with dried berries,

but you can also make my favorite Buttery Almonds for the topping~

They are swoonworthy good! {recipe at the end of this post}

We had this salad as a side dish with grilled Lamb Chops

and Magic Parmesan Garlic Butter Potatoes

So good!

If you want to make this a main dish salad,

add cooked or grilled chicken, ham or steak~

I think BBQ chicken or pulled pork would also be incredible!

Blueberry, Orange, & Almond Spinach Salad

A refreshing salad full of fresh blueberries and oranges, topped with poppy seed dressing and crunchy almonds. A perfect warm weather salad for Spring and Summer. Add cooked chicken, ham or steak to make it a main dish salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves, torn
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 fresh orange
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup English cucumber slices*
  • poppy seed dressing to taste
  • almond topping to taste
  • cooked chicken, ham or steak, optional


  • Combine lettuce and spinach in a salad bowl
  • Add mandarin oranges, blueberries and cucumber
  • Squeeze orange over salad and drizzle with poppy seed dressing. Toss to combine.
  • Garnish with almond topping and serve


Increase ingredient amounts as needed to make more servings
*I used an English cucumber that has a thinner skin, they don’t have to be peeled
**Add cooked, grilled or BBQ chicken, diced ham or steak to make this a main dish
Keyword spinach salad, spinach salad with blueberries and oranges, spring salad, summer salad

Buttery Almonds

These sweet and savory almonds are a wonderful addition to salads, vegetables and party dips. They only take a few minutes to make and can be stored in a jar and will stay fresh for weeks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • brown sugar
  • kosher salt


  • Saute almond slices in a large skillet in butter and Olive oil over medium heat
  • Sprinkle the nuts liberally with brown sugar and Kosher salt.
  • The brown sugar will melt and caramelize on the nuts. Stir often and watch carefully so the nuts don’t burn. Don't walk away, this literally only takes 3-4 minutes
  • When they have begun to brown turn out onto wax paper or foil to cool. Store in a jar in your pantry or freezer. Makes 2 cups.


I buy the almonds in bulk at Costco and keep the big bag in the freezer. I make a fresh jar of these every few weeks to be handy for cooking.
Keyword almonds, buttery almonds, sweet and savory almonds

This recipe is similar to Peachy Spinach Salad with Bacon

Keep both of these delicious salads in mind

for Spring and Summer dining!


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28 Responses to “Recipe Box, Blueberry, Orange & Almond Spinach Salad”
  1. BERNADETTE says:

    Thanks for the great shortcut, Jenna. The salad looks delicious and a great one for early spring.

  2. Mary says:

    Sounds yummy Jenna and perfect for this time of year! Happy Thursday ♥

  3. Such a yummy and healthy spring salad! Love the almonds for the crunchy.

  4. It begins with a feast for the eyes!

  5. I like fresh fruit in a green salad, too. Yum! Yours looks delicious.

  6. This is such a fresh sounding salad for a warm day — and it’s beautiful, too. I may have to make this one for an upcoming potluck lunch. Thanks!

  7. Pam says:

    Jenna, the salad looks so fresh and delicious. The combination of blueberries and mandarin oranges on top is perfect. Happy Thursday!

  8. Yumm that looks fabulous and cool! If our weather ever warms up, I’m making it! 🤣 Thanks for the delicious inspiration, as always, and Happy Weekend!

  9. EsmeSalon says:

    Salad, and I will always check it out and this one called me by name.
    Visited you via Thursday Favorite Things
    If interested, please hop over and come and share your posts with us at Senior Salon Pit Stop. See my entries: #50-51… and navigate to the bottom of my page for SSPS linkup, we hope to virtually meet you there.

  10. lghiggins says:

    Both salads look yummy. I’m going to try your almond recipe too. It has got to be a money saver over packaged ones with the additional benefit of really knowing what is in them.

  11. We love salads at our house and almonds are a favorite!

  12. Leslie says:

    I love how you combined all the different textures in this salad!

  13. Kim says:

    Jenna, your salad sounds and looks divine! There is just something about poppy seed dressing that says summer. And pairing it with the lamb chops and garlic parmesan potatoes looks delicious. I just happen to have some lamb chops in the freezer waiting for the perfect accompaniments and this is it. Thank you for sharing, as always, your delicious recipes!

  14. This salad looks so good. I’ll have to make it this weekend.

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