Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing


Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad is the ultimate fall salad! It has delicious fresh flavors, beautiful colors and when finished with this Orange Poppy Seed Dressing no one can resist. It’s sure to be one of your fall favorites!

Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

A Delicious Autumn Spinach Salad

I knew from the beginning though that I would love it because I used my super delicious, super popular Orange Poppy Seed Dressing from my Cranberry Avocado Chicken and Spinach Salad.

The flavors, the colors, the textures, the sweet, the salty, the tang it’s all spot on perfect in my opinion.

You get those tender spinach leaves laden with crisp sweet apples, bright tangy oranges and those soft and juicy mellow pears.

Then you add toasted crunchy pecans and salty feta to that blend and finally finish it all off with the most irresistible Orange Poppy Seed Dressing!

Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Ingredients Needed for This Salad

  • Baby spinach
  • Fresh mandarin oranges
  • Gala apples
  • Bartlette pears
  • Pecans
  • Feta Cheese

Ingredients Needed for Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Olive oil and canola oil
  • Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Poppy seeds
  • Salt

Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

A Salad People Will Request Again and Again

This a salad that everyone is going to remember. And not only that they’ll be begging you to make it again, and again!

But for a shortcut you can just tell everyone it’s Autumn/Fall Spinach Salad with Best Dressing :).

It’s basically and autumn version of the beloved strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing.

If you like fruit and if you like salads you will be head over heals crazy about this one.

Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

How to Let Those Colors Shine

If you want to be super particular like I was here and to let the colors shine you can layer the fruit over the top with the skin side of the apples and pears facing upward (in other words just cut them keep them together and move them skin side up when you transfer them to the salad, if that makes sense).

And looaaddd on that dressing dressing! Or drink it straight up. Kidding, but it really it is just too good!

Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

And do serve this salad right away. That soft spinach leaves will start to wither pretty quickly once that dressing is added if they sit.

For make ahead you can prep the dressing a day or two in advance and chill in the refrigerator, crumble the feta, and toast the pecans. Then wait to cut up the fruit so it doesn’t brown until your ready to serve.

I hope you love this one as much as my family does! My mom labeled it as “one of the best salads she’s ever eaten” so I’m not the only one :).

Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

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Autumn Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

5 from 3 votes

The best autumn salad! Packed with bright and sweet flavors and festive colors. This salad and dressing are one of my absolute favorites!

Servings: 7
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 9 oz. baby spinach
  • 3 small mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 2 small red gala apples, cored and diced
  • 2 bartlette pears, cored and diced
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt


For the dressing:

  1. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a jar, cover with lid and shake to emulsify. 

  2. Chill for 30 minutes if possible. Shake again just before pouring over salad.

For the salad:

  1. Layer spinach, apples, mandarin oranges, pears, pecans and feta into a large salad bowl. 

  2. Drizzle with dressing and toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy, dressing recipe from my other salad recipe that I love.

Nutrition Facts
Autumn Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 309mg13%
Potassium 457mg13%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 3825IU77%
Vitamin C 32.1mg39%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spinach Salad
Calories: 391 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Deen: Salad looks delicious. Cain’t wait to try it. If making a smaller salad and not using all of dressing, how long does dressing keep refrigerated to use on other salads? February 4, 2018 at 7:42am Reply

  • Lesego Keadimilwe: I love this recipe it looks delicious. November 14, 2017 at 11:59pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: This is such a gorgeous fall salad, can’t wait to try it! :) November 11, 2017 at 12:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! November 11, 2017 at 9:09pm Reply

  • Kate: Salad looks delicious! What would you pair this with for dinner? November 8, 2017 at 11:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Probably just roasted chicken, I love the way this dressing goes with chicken! November 10, 2017 at 8:37pm Reply

  • Smith: These look delicious ! I Love this recipe! I will definitely be trying it ! November 4, 2017 at 7:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! November 6, 2017 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Hannah Holm: Sorry, I should proof read my comment before submitting. I meant all I have right NOW is olive oil, could I DO. November 2, 2017 at 7:31am Reply

  • Hannah Holm: Hello! I’ve got a question about the dressing — all I have right blow is olive oil, could I don a half cup of olive oil and skip the vegetable or would that ruin it? Also, I’ve tried several of your recipes now and every one has been a hit. You are quickly taking over our weekly menu haha. I can’t wait to try this one, I’ve been stuck in a rut with my green salads. Thank you! November 2, 2017 at 7:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: All olive oil would be just fine I just prefer the lighter taste of the combination of the two. I’m so happy to hear you enjoy my recipes thanks for letting me know Hannah! November 2, 2017 at 11:08am Reply

  • Eddy at Induction Cooking: I love the colors in this salad. It looks amazing. And the dressing looks so delicious. I’m going to make this recipe on the weekend. Can’t wait. November 1, 2017 at 5:41am Reply

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