Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad


It’s that time of year where most of us could probably use a few more greens in our diet between all those cookies :). Here is a simple Cranberry Spinach Salad with a Sesame Seed Dressing that would be perfect to serve on Christmas. It’s got the perfect blend of sweet + savory + toasted crunchy goodness and you’ll love every last bite of it. This salad is a breeze to make and the only chopping required is for the shallot, gotta love that!

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For this recipe you can use either store bought toasted sesame seeds or you can toast up some white sesame seeds yourself. I toasted my own but I’m sure I didn’t get them golden enough. I tried to toast the almonds and sesame seeds at the same time and the almonds browned quicker surprisingly, so lesson learned. Next time I’ll toast the almonds in the oven on the cookie sheet then the sesame seeds just in a skillet. It was still completely delicious though plus with how easy it was to make I’m sure this will making plenty of appearances on my dinner table! I also didn’t add poppy seeds this time around, next time I’ll add them and see which way I like it better. I’m sure it would even be good with just poppy seeds and no sesame seeds. That’s the beauty of making a salad, they’re so versatile and there’s always room to switch things up.

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Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

4.84 from 18 votes

A simple Cranberry Spinach Salad with a Sesame Seed Dressing that would be perfect to serve on Christmas.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salad recipe, salad with nuts
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 344 kcal
Author: Jaclyn



  • 16 oz baby spinach
  • 1 cup almonds , toasted
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Sesame Seed Dressing

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced shallot
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds , toasted
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds (optional)


  1. For the dressing: In a bowl or jar whisk together white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. 
  2. Stir in olive oil, honey, shallot, sesame seeds (your sesame seeds should look more golden than mine - I didn't toast mine long enough) and optional poppy seeds until mixture is well blended.

For the salad:

  1. Add spinach, almonds and cranberries to a salad bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss. Serve immediately after adding dressing.
  2. Recipe source: adapted from Allrecipes
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Potassium 466mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 21g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 106.3%
Vitamin C 19.3%
Calcium 14.3%
Iron 15.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Sean John: Wow! That looks yummy salad. I have eaten entree salads in a Mexican food court twice of thrice but don’t know how to make it. Can you tell me the procedure for preparing entree salads or caesar salad as well? January 1, 2016 at 1:51am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I eat tons of salads so I’m always looking for new ways to make them more exciting. This sesame dressing is totally going to do that! December 27, 2015 at 6:41am Reply

  • Danielle: This was so delicious! Easy to make. The dressing was especially yummy on the salad. Thanks for the inspiration and the notes about toasting times for the almonds and he sesame seeds. My Christmas guests all lived and ate several servings! December 25, 2015 at 9:11pm Reply

  • Claire Adams: This is a fabulous recipe! I have tried it several times, with variations; every time it has been amazing! I have to quadruple it for Christmas, but no big deal. I love it!! Thanks so much! December 22, 2015 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Laura ~ RYG: Classy is just the right word here. So stunning visual presentation =) December 14, 2015 at 6:06am Reply

  • SeaFooD Recipes: wow! i just try this its so yummy and its looks healthy too. thanks for this special recipe. December 12, 2015 at 10:33am Reply

  • Dave C: This has been my wife’s go to salad for parties for several years. Always well received, the bowl comes home empty every time. A great dish not limited to the holiday table. December 12, 2015 at 8:19am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: I love the dressing on this salad – there’s something about sesame dressing with almonds that gets me so excited to eat my greens! December 12, 2015 at 6:31am Reply

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