Recipe: Sweet Spinach Salad

Do you think that all green salads are bitter? Think again! This spinach salad from Lisa Suriano at Veggiecation® is sweet—and healthy!

April 24, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

If you need a side dish to add to your meal or family dinner, this spinach salad may be just what you’re looking for. It serves up healthy greens while staying sweet enough to please your kids. Try it tonight!


Sweet Spinach Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 6 -oz. package of baby spinach
  • 2 oranges, peeled, cut into quarters, and sliced into ¼-inch pieces


  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the spinach and orange slices in a mixing bowl.

  2. In a smaller bowl, combine remaining ingredients for dressing and whisk together.

  3. Pour the dressing over the spinach and oranges and toss gently.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

Serve immediately and enjoy! Serves 8.

Why Eat This

This salad is bursting with vitamin C! Just one serving contains 34% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C for a 2,000 calorie per day diet.* Orange and spinach are both high in this water-soluble vitamin that is key to building healthy skin and bones. Vitamin C also helps your body heal cuts and wounds and absorb iron. It also boosts your immune system so that you get sick less often.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning that it helps protect your body from damage. Getting enough vitamin C can help prevent conditions like arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Vitamin C is an especially important part of your diet if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, a smoker, or frequently in contact with secondhand smoke.

Healthy Hint: Top this salad with your favorite nuts—such as almond slices or walnuts—to add protein and feel fuller for longer.

Nutrition Facts

Check out the nutrition facts for this recipe below!*

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Lisa Suriano
About Lisa Suriano
Lisa Suriano is a certified nutritionist who holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science and specializes in school food service as the Director of Operations for J.C. Food, a premier school food service consulting company for independent schools. Lisa founded the evidence-based, culinary-nutrition education program Veggiecation®, which introduces thousands of children and families to the delicious world of vegetables. She is thrilled to partner with Healthfirst to help introduce practical and palate-pleasing ideas for incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into the lives of the community!

*Nutrition facts are estimated based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. Your daily requirement may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutrition facts are estimated and based on the brand that is purchased at the supermarket. To ensure accuracy of total nutrient intake, it is recommended that you read the food labels on each product.

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“Free Nutrition Label Generator,” Accessed March 21, 2017.

Healthfirst Nutrition Team

“SuperTracker,” United States Department of Agriculture. Accessed March 21, 2017.

“Vitamin C,” MedlinePlus. January 12, 2017.

“Vitamin C,” MedlinePlus. March 9, 2017.

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