Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad

CATEGORIES: Kate, Salads

So I’ve blogged a lot about Louisiana food, but I’ve rarely blogged about something that, in my mind, I have pegged as Utah food. I don’t know exactly why that is–maybe Louisiana food is just more new to me or maybe I feel like we have such a strong Utah-based readership that people won’t care about my Utah-in-my-brain recipes. Heck, I don’t even know what constitutes Utah food, but for some reason, in my mind, this salad just has “Beehive State” written all over it.

I haven’t made this salad for a long time–I’ve been distracted with things like Sara’s Asian Wonton Salad and Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad. But remember when Sara talked about taking a bite of Black Bean Soup and being whooshed back to Brazil? That’s exactly how I felt when I took a bite of this salad. I was immediately transported a few years and 2000 miles back to the apartment my husband and I lived in for three years while he finished school, the one where we brought both our kids home from the hospital, the one where my cooking obsession kind of exploded.

This salad is pretty much a guaranteed hit at parties. My insanely picky 5-year-old eats it with minimal coaxing. My 2-year-old closes her eyes and sighs (she does it when she eats sushi, too…it’s pretty darn cute). Plus, it’s quick, easy, and cheap–I mean, check out the ingredients:

Doesn’t get much better than that, right?



  1. I was SUPER excited when you posted the poppy seed dressing recipe the other day because I love it with that salad and it pretty much made my day today to see this recipe follow the dressing recipe. I can't wait to make this. This salad is the best. Thank you! 🙂

  2. This recipe looked so great I ran out & bought the ingredients we didn't have on hand and shuffled our dinner menus to make it last night. It was yummy! We tossed everything but the bacon together and let the carnivores add their own bacon (or eat just bacon, in the case of certain four year olds).

  3. I agree, it is Utah area. Now that we don't live there I forget about that kind of stuff for a bit, but come back to it.
    People here are so amazed that Jello can be used in so many ways and ask for the recipies, lol. Thanks for bringing it home!

  4. Oh, I FOR SURE see Utah in this salad. I lived there for about 5 years and this kind of recipe was a standard piece of yumminess. I would put it down right in between the Frog Eye Salad and the Layered Cool Whip & Chocolate Pudding Dessert on the buffet table!

    Yum! Wouldn't want to live there again, but I'll eat their food any day! 😉

  5. You've put everything I like into a salad…AGAIN! Thanks for this and all the excellent recipes you and Sara post (you've made me look pretty brilliant on more than one occasion!)

  6. Yummy. If wish I had all the ingredients to make this a breakfast salad since it is only 8:15am here in Portland. Can't wait for my next potluck invite because I will be bringing this salad.

  7. I don't see any green Jell-O, or funeral potatoes on that plate so I'm not seeing Utah! 😉 (Born and raised 33 years in Happy Valley) – I'm in TX now and the salad looks yummy! Maybe it's the UT in me 😉

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