Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad with Chicken and Lemon Honey Ginger Dressing


This Mandarine Orange Spinach Salad with Chicken and a Lemon Honey Ginger Dressing is out of this world delicious! You have to try this one!

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Salads used to seem so boring me, I never used to opt for a salad as my main meal but I’ve learned that all it takes are some exciting flavors going on I seriously love them! This spinach salad combines basic ingredients but together they create some bold and irresistible flavors! Here you’ll find Asian flare combined with a California twist. It’s packed with vibrant, nutritious veggies and plenty of protein from the chicken and toasted almonds. And can I tell you how obsessed I am with these wonton strips? Completely, utterly obsessed! You may look at it and go, uh, cinnamon + wonton strips on an Asian salad? Huh? No. Don’t question. Just taste for yourself :). I had them on a salad once at a restaurant which they paired with fried orange chicken – ever since I’ve been in love. And you guys, don’t even get me started on this dressing (can you tell I really REALLY love this salad?)! I want to eat this dressing on everything! One of my new favorites for sure!

My mom was over for lunch and she dubbed this one of the best salads she’s ever eaten and I’d definitely have to agree. Later she added “it is to die for!” and “this dressing should have a patent.” Love that last one. So, you don’t have to take my word for it, my mom can be a tough critic and she couldn’t stop raving about this salad!


Make this one ASAYGH (as soon as you get home)! Seriously. And have friends over to share because it makes one BIG salad.

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Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad with Chicken and Lemon Honey Ginger Dressing

5 from 5 votes

Yield: About 4 servings



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp peeled and grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (Emeril's is the only way to go)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt , to taste

Wonton strips

  • 12 wonton wrappers , sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips
  • Vegetable oil , for frying
  • Cinnamon


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast , grilled and sliced
  • 1 cup sliced almonds , toasted
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 2 cups snow peas , sliced into halves
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper , seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 (15 oz) cans mandarin oranges (no sugar added), drained well (fresh would work too)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro , stems removed
  • Black and white sesame seeds , for garnish (optional)


  1. For the dressing:
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until well emulsified and ginger and garlic are finely minced. Pour into an airtight container and all to rest in refrigerator while preparing salad (shake or stir before adding to salad).
  3. For the wonton strips:
  4. Heat about 3/4 to 1-inch of oil in a skillet to 360 degrees (maintain this temperature, reduce heat as needed). Add just enough wonton strips without overcrowding. Fry just until halfway cooked, then using metal tongs (grabbing as many as you can at once) rotate to opposite side and cook until just lightly golden. Remove and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Immediately sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and salt before they dry.
  5. For the salad:
  6. Add all salad ingredients to a large salad bowl and toss. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss. Top each serving with desired amount of wonton strips and optional sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Mandarine Orange Spinach Salad with Chicken and Lemon Honey Ginger Dressing | Cooking Classy




  • Shelly: Oh this looks so festive and delicious! The eyes are telling the brain grab a fork NOW! January 10, 2015 at 1:42pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: As always you make the best salads! Mandarin oranges, haven’t had them in ages and love them! Thanks for the reminder :) January 10, 2015 at 1:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! Your salads always look delicious too! That Green Powerhouse salad you posted still has me dreaming, I need that in my life! January 11, 2015 at 12:01am Reply

  • Veronica: I love this! I have a lot of mandarins since they’ve been on sale. Looks so refreshing! January 10, 2015 at 2:35pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): This is such a gorgeous salad, I love the colors and that dressing sounds so good! January 10, 2015 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Tina: I love this type of salad. There is a local restaurant that just about makes their living on this salad. January 11, 2015 at 5:01pm Reply

  • JadedLadie: Instructions say to use cinnamon and salt on the wonton strips, but I don’t see the salt mentioned in the ingredient list (other than in the dressing). Please advise. Thanks…salad looks delicious! January 12, 2015 at 3:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I thought I’d only list it once in the ingredients list just so it’s not overly lengthy but I may need to change it if it confuses people. Thanks for your comment! January 12, 2015 at 4:39pm Reply

  • JadedLadie: Thanks! I love the idea of sweet AND salty on the wonton strips. January 13, 2015 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Joan: I’d like to make this salad for 20 people as a side. When you say this recipe serves 4, are you referring to 4 main dish salads? I’m trying to figure out if I need to double, triple, quadruple the recipe. February 18, 2015 at 11:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that was as a main dish so you could probably count on nearly 1 1/2 or double as a side. February 23, 2015 at 7:10pm Reply

  • Cyndi: Mandarin Orange salad. Yum! March 11, 2015 at 6:07am Reply

  • Vicki: Beautiful! This looks like a winner! Question…can you make the wonton strips ahead of time? March 13, 2015 at 9:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you should be fine to make the strips up to one day in advance. I hope you try this salad and love it! March 13, 2015 at 3:14pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Yes you should be fine to make the strips up to one day in advance. I hope you try this salad and love it! March 13, 2015 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Sammie: i’m just curious. Why do you use olive oil and canola oil? Why not just use olive oil? April 13, 2015 at 12:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Because it has a stronger flavor than other oils. You can if you don’t mind that or you could even use all light olive oil which has a milder flavor. May 8, 2015 at 11:27pm Reply

  • Erica: Made this tonight for dinner and it was customizable enough that everyone ate it. That’s a miracle in itself. I made the wontons with just garlic salt. YUM! We loved it! May 4, 2015 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Barbara Bowman: I’ve made this several times since first pinning it, and I agree that the dressing is so good that one could drink it. May 7, 2015 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Aleena: I can’t find fresh snow peas? Would it be okay to use frozen? June 16, 2015 at 8:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They might not be quite as crisp (I’ve actually never bought frozen) but they should work fine. June 17, 2015 at 10:41pm Reply

  • Tracey: I’ve never fried wonton strips before. How long would you say it takes per side roughly? June 21, 2015 at 7:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It really just depends on how hot the oil is but they do brown pretty quickly, probably 10 – 15 seconds. June 22, 2015 at 10:05pm Reply

  • Elizabeth: Do you use all of the dressing on the salad? August 19, 2015 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I did but you can definitely just add to taste. August 19, 2015 at 4:42pm Reply

  • Violette L’Heureux: This is the best salad dressing I have ever tasted let alone made! Thanks for sharing the recipe for such a tasty treat! August 26, 2015 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Violette! Thanks for your feedback! August 26, 2015 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Nancy: I’m excited to try this salad, it looks so delicious! Can you tell me how long you think the dressing will last if refrigerated? I might try serving this salad at the beach snack bar I run in the summer months. I usually build each salad separately when ordered to keep it as fresh as possible and hope I can make the dressing ahead and portion pack it so its ready to go. Thanks for the input! September 27, 2015 at 2:49pm Reply

  • Yvette: Tried it today and I love the dressing. I didn’t have all the ingredients for the salad but still turned out delightful. Thanks for sharing! February 15, 2016 at 11:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Yvette! February 15, 2016 at 1:48pm Reply

  • Staci Carter: This beautiful salad popped up on my newsfeed the other day, I knew it had to make an appearance as soon as possible! Well tonight was that night 😊 OMG!!! This was a big hit. My 7y/o declared it a 3 thumbs up (no other salad has received such a honor). Thank you for sharing this masterpiece. It’s gonna be perfect during the long, hot summer days here in Georgia. March 19, 2016 at 6:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Staci! I’m glad you liked it!! March 21, 2016 at 12:15am Reply

  • Frank: How many calories April 26, 2016 at 4:47pm Reply

  • LFit: Might have over looked it, but how many calories are in this beautiful salad. I’m calorie counting so I would love to put this on my lunch selection. May 3, 2016 at 5:21pm Reply

  • SunnyDaysNora: Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe! It was a hit at my dinner party. July 10, 2016 at 8:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy it was enjoyed! July 11, 2016 at 2:46pm Reply

  • Sharon Campbell: Definitely going to try this I make something similar but with Polish kielbasa I cut it in strips and fry it and then put it with the spinach and Mandarin oranges oh so good so I’m definitely going to try this new recipe August 31, 2016 at 11:12am Reply

  • JadedLadie: This salad dressing is FABULOUS! I have used it a spinach strawberry salad and on a fruit Cobb salad. Everyone always asks for the recipe. September 6, 2016 at 3:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you and others have enjoyed the recipe, thanks for letting me know! September 6, 2016 at 4:22pm Reply

  • nida: substitute for snow peas please! we dont get them in our part of the world. No sugarsnaps either. December 21, 2016 at 3:48am Reply

  • Tiffany Paepke: do you put any seasonings on the grilled chicken? April 4, 2017 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Ann: Your dressing is swoon worthy!! Thank you, this salad is so good. September 6, 2017 at 6:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Ann! September 7, 2017 at 11:15am Reply

  • Carol Burke: This was delicious. Will make it often. November 29, 2017 at 10:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Carol! November 30, 2017 at 4:08pm Reply

  • Aimee Vo: This is definitely one of my most favorite salads. And I’m not even a salad person. February 15, 2018 at 4:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Aimee! Thanks for your feedback! February 16, 2018 at 11:14am Reply

  • Hillary: This salad is delicious! I love salads with a lot of toppings. This salad delivers. It’s well balanced- not overly sweet. It’s filling yet light at the same time. The flavors are very complimentary without being in your face. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. March 27, 2018 at 12:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it! :) March 27, 2018 at 2:16pm Reply

  • Pam Huffman: Made a red leaf mandarin salad, with red onion, red bell pepper, mandarin oranges, feta cheese, and roasted almonds. It’s better than restaurant salads. This dressing is so delicious. Perfect salad! April 16, 2018 at 12:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you like it Pam! April 16, 2018 at 4:23pm Reply

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