This Apple Mandarin Orange Pear and Feta Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing is the ultimate fall salad! It has taken it’s spot as my number one autumn favorite!
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 irresistable Orange Poppy Seed Dressing!
It’s 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.
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!
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
The best autumn salad! Packed with bright and sweet flavors and festive colors. This salad and dressing are one of my absolute favorites!
- 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:
Add all of the dressing ingredients to a jar, cover with lid and shake to emulsify.
Chill for 30 minutes if possible. Shake again just before pouring over salad.
For the salad:
Layer spinach, apples, mandarin oranges, pears, pecans and feta into a large salad bowl.
Drizzle with dressing and toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.
Recipe source: Cooking Classy, dressing recipe from my other salad recipe that I love.