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Winter Spinach Salad with Honey Cumin Dressing

Spinach salad with a smoky-sweet vinaigrette and the citrussy brightness of oranges.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade salad dressing, winter spinach salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 253kcal
Author Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • teaspoons honey
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin ~I used smoked cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • 10 ounces baby spinach (more or less)
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sliced into rounds ~ if your rounds are too big, cut again into half moons
  • Honey chèvre, small log ~ pretty name for goat cheese, use any kind you like, plain is fine
  • Pine nuts, toasted
  • Kosher salt and pepper


  • Place first 6 ingredients and a pinch of salt in a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Or place in jar with tight fitting lid and shake well.
  • Put sliced red onion in small bowl and toss with about 2 tablespoons of dressing. Set aside and let macerate for 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, place spinach, orange rounds and red onions. Dress lightly and toss. Add more dressing as needed, being careful not to overdress. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again.
  • Divide salad evenly among 4 plates. Dot pieces of goat cheese on each salad. Sprinkle on some toasted pine nuts.


If you use plain goat cheese, I definitely recommend a drizzle of honey on top.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6918IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3mg