Festive Spinach Salad with Sesame-Honey Vinaigrette

It’s bright, it’s colorful, it looks fancier than it is, and it’s packed with flavor. In short, a perfect salad for your holiday table.

This salad has a part-sweet, part-savory sesame-honey dressing, and bold flavors like orange, cherry and red onion. It feels like a celebration.


At least 4 

Total Time: 

20 Minutes


For the salad:

  • 10 oz. box or bag of baby spinach leaves, washed
  • 3 navel oranges
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ⅔ cup red onion
  • ½ cup dried sweetened cherries

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup best-quality olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (and more to finish)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Peel the oranges whole (you can just cut the peel off with a knife), then cut the orange in half lengthwise, and slice sections off from each half.
  • Cut the red onion in half-moon slivers.
  • In a large salad bowl, mix the spinach, almonds, orange slices, onion, and dried cherries.
  • To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients (except the oil) in a bowl. Then slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking vigorously to emulsify.
  • Starting with 1/3 cup of the dressing, toss the salad and finish with more kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Pillar Tips:

  • This dressing will make more than you need. Start with 1/3 cup and toss thoroughly. Taste a few leaves and add more if you like. The extra will store nicely in a sealed glass container for up to a week.
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