Spinach Salad

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This spinach salad recipe is a simple, fresh, and delicious favorite inspired by my lovely sister. The salad is packed with juicy mangoes and crunchy cashews, and it’s all tied together with a vibrant honey and lime vinaigrette.

If you loved this salad recipe, you should also try my Mango and Shrimp Salad or my Radish Cucumber Salad for more refreshing and flavorful options!

Spinach salad served on a plate with mangoes and cashews.


 

I have to share a little story about this amazing spinach salad with mangos. It all started with my sister, who is a salad aficionado. One day, she brought over this vibrant salad, and I was immediately hooked. The combination of sweet mangoes and crunchy cashews, all tied together with a zesty honey and lime vinaigrette, was simply irresistible. Even though I’m not usually a fan of spinach-only salads (something about the texture on my teeth), this one won me over instantly.

Now, it’s a staple in our house, especially during summer when we’re craving something fresh, but light and flavorful. Much like my Berry Caprese Salad, this one is a burst of freshness and a true crowd-pleaser.

Why We Love This Spinach Salad with Mangoes

Flavorful. This salad is all about the juicy mangoes, tender spinach, and one fantastic honey and lime vinaigrette. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and tangy that keeps your taste buds loving every bite.

Easy and quick. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, this salad comes together in no time. It’s ideal for busy days when you want something healthy and delicious without the hassle. Similar to my roasted sweet corn Mediterranean Salad, it’s a go-to for a quick, nutritious meal.

Versatile and nutritious. The salad is packed with vitamins and nutrients and is also incredibly versatile. You can easily customize it by adding your favorite toppings or proteins, making it a perfect side dish or a light meal on its own.

Pouring honey lime dressing over spinach leaves, mangoes, and cashews.

What You’ll Need

In my perfect world, we would be swimming in cookies, cottage cheese ice cream, and cakes, but, girl, summer has arrived. Thus, spinach and salads it is! In addition to being fresh and delicious, this spinach salad is very easy to put together. Just make a quick trip to the grocery store, and you’ll have all the necessary simple ingredients.

  • Fresh spinach: Substitute with mixed greens and arugula.
  • Mangoes: Adds sweetness and a juicy texture. You could also try it with pineapple chunks or peaches.
  • Cashews: The nuts add a perfect crunch and nutty flavor. Almonds or walnuts are great alternatives.
  • Honey and lime vinaigrette: This delicious dressing ties all the flavors together with a bright, tangy sweetness. For a different flavor, you could substitute the lime with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar.

How To Make Spinach Salad with Mango

So, here’s the thing. I know it’s been a hot minute since we last discussed a salad, but honestly? I want to swim in summer salads! This spinach salad recipe is perfect for that. Plus, the honey-lime dressing is just too GOOD!

  1. Prepare the vinaigrette: Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Prep the spinach: Wash and dry the spinach, then place it in a large salad bowl.
  3. Prep the mango: Peel and dice the mangoes, then add them to the bowl with the spinach.
  4. Toss in the nuts. Add the cashews to the bowl, giving the salad a nice crunch.
  5. Add the dressing. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.
Baby spinach topped with slices of mango and cashews.

Recipe Tips

  1. Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh spinach and ripe mangoes are key to making this salad.
  2. Customize Your Toppings: Feel free to add other fruits, such as strawberries or blueberries, peaches, pineapple, etc., or even some avocado for extra creaminess. Also, toss in a bit of chopped red onion and creamy goat cheese crumbles.
  3. Prep Ahead: You can make the vinaigrette in advance and store it in the fridge. Just give it a good shake before using.
  4. Add Protein: For a more substantial meal, add grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu to the salad.
  5. Serve Immediately: This salad is best enjoyed fresh. If you need to prepare it ahead of time, keep the dressing separate until you’re ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions

This spinach salad is a great filling meal all on it’s own but is also a great appetizer or side dish for these Steak and Mushrooms Foil Packs, this Stuffed Flank Steak Recipe with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese, and this Easy Roast Chicken Recipe.

Proper Storage

For best results, keep the dressing separate and add it just before serving to prevent the spinach from getting soggy. Store the honey-lime dressing in a small, airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Shake well before using it again.

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Spinach Salad

This fresh and delicious Spinach Salad features baby spinach tossed with juicy mango slices, crunchy cashews, and a homemade honey-lime vinaigrette.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

For the Salad

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup cashew halves

For the Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons honey, add more if you like it sweeter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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Instructions 

  • In a salad bowl, combine the spinach, mango slices, and cashews; set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss it all together.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 3966IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg

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34 Comments

  1. Nors says:

    This was so yummy!! Loved, loved, loved the dressing, simple and tasty! This is going into my summer rotation…Thank so much <3

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m so happy to hear you loved it! It’s great that the dressing was a hit. Enjoy adding it to your summer rotation. Thank you! ❤️

  2. TexasMomma says:

    Amazing and unique flavor combination!!! So fresh and tasty that everyone in my family loved it, from the picky non-spinach eating 8 and 12 year old kids, and my husband who also hates spinach. He asked for SECONDS! This salad recipe is going to the top of the list. Thank you very much for sharing and helping others like myself who are not so creative in the kitchen.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s so great to hear! I am very happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe! Thank YOU! 🙂