Spinach Salad with Orange Sesame Dressing

This salad is a nice change from lettuce and tomato. If you are saving a portion for the next day, save the dressing separately.

Serves: 2

Preparation and cooking time: 20-30 minutes
Per serving: Calories: 82, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 5 g, Carbohydrate: 7 g, Fibre: 2 g, Sodium: 36 mg, Calcium: 62 mg.

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped red or green onion


  1. Wash and dry spinach. Tear or chop it into bite-sized pieces and place in a serving bowl.
  2. Finely grate a small amount of peel from the orange and put it in a small jar or cup.
  3. Peel the orange, slice it into bite-sized pieces and add it to the spinach. Add chopped onion.
  4. Make the dressing by adding all remaining ingredients to the orange rind in jar or cup. Shake or whisk together.
  5. When ready to serve, pour dressing on top of the spinach and orange slices and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Thanks to Trudi Stevenson of Courtenay, B.C.


In strawberry season, use 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries instead of the orange and do not use the orange rind. Substitute 1 tbsp red wine vinegar for the orange juice and 1 tsp poppy seeds for the sesame seeds.

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) olive oil or canola oil
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) sesame oil (optional)
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) honey or sugar
  • 1 pinch powdered ginger
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) orange rind
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) orange juice
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sesame seeds, toasted