This spinach salad with walnuts, avocado, and mandarin oranges is delicious and filled with healthy superfood ingredients. Be strong like Popeye and eat your spinach in a fun tasty salad.
Spinach Salad with Walnuts Recipe Ingredients:
Spinach is the main ingredient in this Spinach Salad With Walnuts. It was a superfood even before there was the term superfood. I’m referring of course to Popeye the Sailor Man. One can of the green stuff and he turned into muscle popping tornado of energy. Even without Popeye’s recommendation, spinach contains more nutrients per calorie than any other food on the earth. It is loaded with vitamins like A, K, D, and E and a host of trace minerals and is a good source of omega 3 fatty acid and this green salad helps you get a serving of spinach into your day in a tasty way.
Olive oil was referred to as “Liquid Gold” by the famous Greek poet Homer. If you are what you eat, what would happen if you consumed “Liquid Gold” daily? Extra-virgin olive oil (cold-pressed) is the best fat to use as a salad dressing. Do not use it for cooking. It has a low smoke point and heat makes it susceptible to oxidative damage. Olive oil has so many health benefits I include a little every day when I eat my salad. It is the main ingredient in my salad dressing that I use for my spinach salad. Make sure you are using real olive oil. Have you heard of the olive oil fraud?
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Lemons’ health benefits are immense. To begin they are acidic to the taste but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline-forming superfoods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. Lemon juice adds that important extra tang to the spinach salad.
These oranges give the spinach salad with walnuts a zest. It seems that where ever we go there are bowls full of these beautiful sweet mandarin oranges. With their loose skin making them easy to peel, they are a simple fun treat for children too. They are an excellent source of vitamin c and they are also a good source of vitamin A and a source of B-complex vitamins. They reduce the risk of liver cancer and lessen the hardening of arteries, especially in diabetics. Mandarin oranges also help fight breast cancer and help reduce the risk of leukemia.
As I don’t use sugar for my baking I often use stevia which is a healthy option. The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you. The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter. The best stevia will, therefore, be the one that retains some whole food value and is water-based. Liquid forms will be less processed. Go here to learn How to Get the Best Stevia Without the Bitterness.
Tamari is a premium form of Japanese soy sauce made with just fermented soybeans. Made with 100% whole soybeans and no wheat, Ohsawa Organic Tamari is an excellent choice for those who are wheat-sensitive.
Bragg Liquid Aminos is a Certified NON-GMO liquid protein concentrate, derived from healthy soybeans. Bragg Liquid Aminos are made from health-giving, NON-GMO soybeans, and purified water. They are an excellent, healthy, gourmet replacement for Tamari and Soy Sauce. Not fermented or heated and Gluten-Free. Bragg’s has a small amount of naturally occurring sodium. No table salt is added.
I love the creamy flavour avocado gives to this spinach salad with walnuts.
The avocado is bursting with lots of health benefits and is so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe. Read the details and check out the infographic on this wonderful Superfood. Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually helps you lose weight!
I love walnuts! They give a crunch to this spinach salad with walnuts. My mom loved to cook with them because they add flavour and crunch to any meal. Now I know that walnuts are also highly nutritious, so much so that I consider them a superfood. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, are a good source of protein, and are rich in minerals.
Time to make this delicious spinach salad with walnuts.
Spinach Salad with Walnuts
- 1 pound fresh spinach
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1-3 drops liquid stevia to taste
- Tamari or Braggs to taste
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 mandarin orange in pieces
- 1/4 cup soaked walnuts chopped
- Wash and trim the spinach; pat dry with paper towels.
- I usually pre-soak my walnuts so that they are ready to use for recipes. Just place them in a bowl and cover them with water. You can do this the night before you make them and drain the water when you are ready to use them. Chop the walnuts.
- Peel the mandarin orange and separate the pieces.
- Put the spinach in a salad bowl.
- In another bowl combine the lemon juice, oil, stevia, and Tamari or Braggs.
- Peel the avocado and dice it.
- Mix in the diced avocado.
- Toss the spinach salad with the avocado and salad dressing.
- Add the walnuts and the mandarin orange and lightly toss the spinach salad again.
- Serve this tasty spinach salad with walnuts immediately.
Here are more of my favorite Salad Recipes:
Cool Summer Salad For Dinner– A summer salad is just what is best for a hot day. Let’s keep cool! Making a salad for dinner is simple.
Delicious Radish Quinoa Salad with Arugula – This colorful radish quinoa salad is a yummy and nourishing salad for any season. It is full of good protein from the quinoa. It is a whole meal in one bowl.
Delightfully Delicious Wild Rice Salad– This wild rice salad is delicious, nourishing, and filling. It has tasty colourful vegetables in it to give the wild rice a good contrast and is a crunchy salad for lunch or dinner.
Shiitake Mushroom Salad with Walnuts is Very Tasty – This shiitake mushroom salad is extra delicious with the addition of walnuts. Yum! All the ingredients in this salad are healthy and so it is very good for you. A salad a day is always a good idea as it is a great way to get more vegetables into our diet.
Green Nori Salad – Enjoy the benefits of lettuce plus the nutritional punch from sea vegetables. This salad is simple, nutritious, and filled with flavour. Nori is high in protein, contains carbohydrates and almost no fat. It is rich in vitamins A, B2, niacin, B12, plus C and D.
Healthy Carrot Salad – unique and so tasty with black currants, sunflower seeds and lots of carrots!
Tempeh Salad with Beets and Sprouts for Dinner – This is a simple tempeh salad recipe that is easy to make. It is full of nutrients from the beets, carrots and sprouts, pumpkin seeds, and lots of protein from the tempeh which are all tasty superfoods. What makes it extra tasty is the marinated crispy tempeh. The red sweet beets add a very tasty flavor. If you are very busy and just want a quick meal then simple tempeh will work too.
Green Salad with Pecans and Pears – Here is a way to get lots of greens in with this green salad with pecans and pears. It is naturally sweet and when you add some pecans it becomes incredibly delicious. We know how important it is to get those greens into our bodies every day and sometimes it is easy to get stuck making the same salads, so here is a delicious way to enjoy them in my green salad with pecans.
I love my Spinach Salad With Walnuts. Share a favourite salad recipe of yours.