Spinach & Kale Salad with Orange Dressing

I can’t say enough about salads — especially those with nuts and … cheese. Yes, there I said it again. Cheese. I don’t have cheese very often but this salad called for blue cheese and I thought I’d try this Arugula Salad with Orange Dressing.

This was so delicious but I have to confess that I changed the recipe up a bit. The original recipe for the salad calls for a pear and I didn’t have one handy so I left it out and replaced it with dried cranberries and radishes. For the dressing, I used olive oil instead of vegetable or canola to make it paleo friendly along with replacing the sugar with honey. The recipe you see below includes my changes.

It was so delicious! The orange dressing ingredients make quite a bit so I’d half it next time or save some to use in another salad (remember to serve it on the side).

Orange Dressing
Orange Dressing

I used pecans and “candied” them. Click here to read how to do that the “paleo” way.

Candied Pecans
Candied Pecans

So, here’s this easy salad recipe.

Ingredients (for the salad)

  • 12 ounces (total) of arugula/baby spinach leaves (I used spinach and kale instead of arugula)
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 ounces caramelized pecans
  • 3 radishes sliced thinly
  • Dried cranberries

Ingredients (for the dressing)

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Add all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the dressing ingredients then serve the dressing on the side.
Arugula Salad with Orange Dressing
Arugula Salad with Orange Dressing

Whala! There you have it — easy, delicious and healthy!


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