Baby Spinach Salad in Balsamic Vinagrette Recipe

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Nieves Published: April 15, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Baby Spinach Salad in Balsamic Vinagrette

This baby spinach salad has bites of zesty naval oranges and sweet caramelized onions, tossed in a tangy balsamic, for a light and healthy meal!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Marinate Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • ¾cupextra virgin olive oil
  • ¼cupbalsamic vinegar
  • 1tspground cinnamon
  • ¼tspground nutmeg
  • tspsalt
  • 1large red onion,cut into ⅛-inch thick rounds
  • 4naval oranges
  • 7ozbaby spinach,or watercress, or arugula


  1. Set the oven rack 5 to 6 inches from top and preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Make the vinaigrette by combining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl.

  3. Dip the onions into the vinaigrette, being careful to keep rounds intact, and lay in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

  4. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes, until soft and caramelized. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to assemble salad.

  5. Peel the oranges with a sharp knife, carefully removing all of the white membrane. Slice into rounds about ¼-inch thick, remove any seeds, and place in a 9×13-inch baking dish.

  6. Pour the vinaigrette over top, making sure the oranges are well coated on both sides.

  7. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours.

To Assemble:

  1. Place the spinach on large platter or individual plates. Scatter caramelized onions over spinach, and then place marinated oranges on top.

  2. Quickly whisk vinaigrette from soaked oranges, then drizzle over top or serve on the side.

  3. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 297.15kcal
  • Fat: 27.25g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.78g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 19.73g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.91g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.49g
  • Fiber: 2.97g
  • Sugar: 9.89g
  • Protein: 1.71g
  • Sodium: 73.89mg
  • Calcium: 70.68mg
  • Potassium: 330.63mg
  • Iron: 1.12mg
  • Vitamin A: 142.64µg
  • Vitamin C: 54.45mg
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