Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad


A festive flavorful Spinach Salad! With these pretty red and green colors this is the perfect salad to serve for a Christmas party. It has the perfect blend of sweet, savory, toasted flavor and crunchy goodness. You’ll love every last bite of it!

Spinach salad on a vintage red and white plate layered with dried cranberries, sliced almonds and a sesame seed dressing.

Easy Spinach Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

This salad is a breeze to make and the only chopping required is for the shallot, gotta love that!

Fresh spinach is layered with chewy dried cranberries, crisp sliced almonds, and a sweet and simple toasted sesame seed vinaigrette.

Close up image of spinach salad in a white salad bowl.

Ingredients in This Salad

  • Baby spinach
  • Sliced almonds
  • Dried cranberries
  • White wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar
  • White sugar
  • Honey 
  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Sesame seeds

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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.

Sweet sesame seed vinaigrette in a mason jar.

Either way it was still completely delicious, 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.

Overhead image of spinach salad in a large salad bowl with wooden serving spoons.

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Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

4.88 from 25 votes

A festive flavorful Spinach Salad! With these pretty red and green colors this is the perfect salad to serve for a Christmas party. It has the perfect blend of sweet, savory, toasted flavor and crunchy goodness. You'll love every last bite of it!

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes



  • 16 oz baby spinach
  • 1 cup sliced 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 and optional poppy seeds until mixture is well blended.

  3. For the salad: Add spinach, almonds and cranberries to a salad bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss. Serve immediately after adding dressing.

Recipe Notes

Recipe 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 5g 10%
Vitamin A 106.3%
Vitamin C 19.3%
Calcium 14.3%
Iron 15.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salad recipe, Spinach Salad
Calories: 344 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • karen: can you omit the sesame seeds so you can serve this salad at passover? thanks March 15, 2019 at 8:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. March 15, 2019 at 11:19pm Reply

  • Shelly: Great salad! Add some tuna or chicken and its a full meal! I used no sugar and only 1 Tbsp of honey and was perfect–makes it Paleo too! January 16, 2019 at 9:44am Reply

  • Michelle: This was a hit at my office potluck! I cut the sugar a little and would cut it a little more next time. So good! December 29, 2018 at 7:04am Reply

  • Lisa T: Great salad. Could reduce sugar some, but those with a sweet tooth will like it as is. December 19, 2018 at 11:24am Reply

  • Jayne: Can you make the dressing the day ahead? December 18, 2018 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes then just store in the refrigerator. December 18, 2018 at 8:14pm Reply

  • Nikki S.: I’ve been making this salad for holiday gatherings for years. I do use poppy seeds instead of sesame seeds and I also add a drop of almond extract to the dressing – it makes all the difference! December 13, 2018 at 10:11am Reply

  • Denise: The best spinach salad with the perfect dressing. i have made it many times and it is always a hit. December 8, 2018 at 3:19pm Reply

  • Jill: Made it so many times and each time been requested to forward to friends. Now found all around the world!!! Simply delicious!! I add danish feta from time to time to ring The changes!! October 26, 2018 at 8:01pm Reply

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