Simple Spinach Salad with Oranges and Almonds

A simple salad with a ton of flavour! Featuring curry-spiced chicken, fresh spinach, juicy oranges, toasted almonds and a sweet mango chutney vinaigrette.

spinach salad with oranges and almonds

“Well, that’s like summer in a bowl!”

– Joey Tribbiani, F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Okay, so maybe this salad isn’t what Joey was talking about that one time on FRIENDS. But in my humble opinion, this recipe is worth the shout-out.

Ring in the warmer weather with this fresh, juicy bowl of goodness. No sad salads here with:

close up of a sliced grilled chicken breast

HOW TO MAKE SPINACH SALAD WITH ORANGES AND ALMONDS

It’s called “simple” spinach salad for a reason:

  • brush the chicken with oil and a few spices and throw in the oven to roast
  • toss the almonds on a pan and into the oven they go, too!
  • segment the oranges or drain some canned mandarins if you’re feeling suuuper simple
  • blend up some Mango Chutney Vinaigrette (that is, if you don’t already have a jar hanging out in your fridge..)
  • then grab a big bowl, pile in the spinach, top with all the goodies & a drizzle of dressing
  • ENJOY!
mango chutney vinaigrette in a jar

IS SPINACH SALAD WITH ORANGES AND ALMONDS HEALTHY?

While salads are generally seen as the epitome of “healthy food”, not all contain a good balance of ingredients that both nourish our bodies AND keep us full and satisfied.

Leave behind those super low-cal lettuce salads that only stave off hunger for an hour. Adding almonds and chicken boost fiber and protein content, giving this salad some staying-power.

Dark leafy greens like spinach are also a good source of dietary iron. To increase our absorption of non-heme iron (aka iron that comes from plants rather than animal sources), pair with a food rich in vitamin C. Like an orange!

Coincidence? I think not.

spinach salad with oranges almonds and chicken

But even more importantly, with sweet & savory flavours and a variety of satisfying textures this is a salad that you’ll actually want to eat!

And lick the bowl after. No shame.

Simple Spinach Salad with Oranges and Almonds

A simple salad with a ton of flavour! Featuring curry-spiced chicken, fresh spinach, juicy oranges, almonds and a sweet mango chutney vinaigrette.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

For the Orange Almond Salad

  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped (see note)
  • 2 medium navel oranges, segmented
  • Mango Chutney Vinaigrette, (see note)

Instructions

  • Prep the chicken: Combine the oil, lemon juice and spices. Place the chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush both sides of each breast with the oil mixture.
  • Bake the chicken: Bake at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Allow to rest five minutes before slicing against the grain.
  • Make the salad: Arrange the spinach in a large bowl and top with the sliced chicken, orange segments and almonds. Toss with mango chutney vinaigrette and serve!

Notes

Almonds: To toast the almonds, spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place in the 400F oven alongside the chicken for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool before chopping.
Mango Chutney Vinaigrette: Find the recipe HERE!

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