Spinach Salad with Oranges, Avocado, and Pistachios

As much as I’m ready for spring and relishing these 70 degree days (well, yesterday was warm and sunny- today it’s snowing), I’m still enjoying winter eating. This season brings the best of citrus and what better way to enjoy an orange than in a tangy-sweet salad accompanied by creamy avocado and nutty pistachios. I whipped together a honey-orange vinaigrette to drizzle atop. I was hosting (half) my family for dinner and this salad disappeared quick. A new winter favorite.

Spinach Salad with Oranges, Avocado, and Pistachios


6 oz. baby spinach
6 oz. mixed greens
2-3 navel oranges
2 avocados, pitted and diced (toss in a squeeze of orange juice to prevent browning)
pistachios, toasted

Honey-Orange Vinaigrette:
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. honey
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk to combine the orange juice, vinegar, Dijon and honey. Slowly stream in the olive oil while whisking constantly to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. In a large bowl combine spinach, mixed greens, oranges, avocado, and pistachios. Drizzle with vinaigrette, toss, and serve.

Serves 6-8.

(Adapted from Serious Eats)

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2 Responses to Spinach Salad with Oranges, Avocado, and Pistachios

  1. iheartvegetables.com March 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    That sounds delicious! Over the weekend, my friend made a salad dressing with orange juice and avocado, so kind of similar flavors! It was SO good! I don’t know why I never thought of those two flavors together before! YUM!


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