Spinach Salad with carrots, tangerines and black toasted sesame seeds

Spinach Tangerine Salad
A potted dwarf tangerine tree is a California thing and if you live in California or somewhere with a similar climate, you might consider adding a small tangerine tree to your patio.  Tangerines are so sweet and juicy picked fresh from the tree, they will be your special backyard treat.  We eat a lot of spinach salads, especially in the winter months.  I do different things with my salads, like add chopped red bell peppers, toasted sliced almonds or hard boiled eggs.  We liked this recipe for a simple healthy fresh spinach salad created with a generous serving of tangerine slices.  I found the original recipe for this salad in The Complete Diabetes Cook Book by America’s Test Kitchen.  I made a few adaptions, not taking anything away in the healthy eating department, so enjoy the recipe and the healthy spinach salad.

Spinach Salad with carrots, tangerines and black toasted sesame seeds


  • 4 tangerines
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 1 cup sliced English cucumbers
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons toasted black sesame seeds
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Peel and remove segments from 2 tangerines, then slice into small pieces.
  2. Zest, slice in half and Juice 2 tangerines, reserving 2 tablespoons of juice and 1 teaspoon of zest.
  3. Shave the peeled carrots into thin strips with a vegetable peeler, cut into smaller pieces.
  4. Whisk tangerine juice and zest with the vinegar, mustard, shallot, mayonnaise, sea salt and black pepper in a salad bowl. Slowly add the oils while continuing to whisk until salad dressing is thick and emulsified.
  5. Add spinach, carrots, cucumbers and scallions to salad bowl and gently mix with salad dressing.
  6. Divide into 4 small or 2 large salad bowls, top with tangerine pieces and sprinkle with toasted black sesame seeds. Serve.

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  1. Simple, fresh and so very tasty…definitely my kind of everyday salad!

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