Crunchy Mandarin Chicken Spinach Salad

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Crunchy Mandarin Chicken Spinach Salad

Crunchy Mandarin Chicken Spinach Salad
Number of Servings: 8 Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: less than 15 minutes Source: mshivers60
Food Groups: Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Protein
Holiday: July 4th
Meal Type: Salads & Dressings
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Fiber
Origin: Asian
Special Features: Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes), Make Ahead , Vegetarian

A beautiful, colorful, salad that is full of robust flavor. Easy to make ahead and assemble just before serving. Great for a light lunch, or adds elegance to a more formal dinner setting.


1 3-ounce package Oriental Flavor Ramen Noodles, broken into small pieces (reserve seasoning packet)
1/2 cup slivered Almonds
1/2 cup Butter
8 cups torn Spinach leaves
1 11-ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained
3 grilled boneless skinless Chicken breasts, cooled and cubed
1/4 cup red Onion slices, separated into rings

2 teaspoons Lemon juice
1/2 cup vegetable Oil
1/4 cup wine Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon seasoned Salt
1 seasoning packet from Ramen Noodles
2 teaspoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon black Pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Toast Ramen noodles and almonds in butter under broiler for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, just until noodles begin to brown. Remove and cool completely.

In large salad bowl, toss spinach leaves, oranges, cubed chicken, and onion rings just until mixed. Cover and refrigerate.

Place all dressing ingredients in a sealable container and shake until well mixed. To serve, stir noodle/almond mixture into salad mixture. Pour dressing evenly over top, and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 459
Total Fat: 34 g
Saturated Fat: 11 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 11 g
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 463 mg
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Protein: 26 g
Fiber: 5 g
Vitamin A: 329 RE
Vitamin C: 22 mg
Calcium: 106 mg
Iron: 4 mg

Cook's Notes:

This salad is easy to take to a social gathering. Put the noodle mixture and dressing in small containers to assemble salad when you arrive. Always a popular dish.

Skip the step (and butter) to toast the ramen noodles and almonds or use a reduced-fat Asian-style salad dressing instead of the listed dressing to reduce the fat and calories in this dish.