Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  157
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  31 g
  • Fat  4 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  145 mg
  • Potassium  232 mg
  • Phosphorus  32 mg
  • Calcium  28 mg
  • Fiber  2.9 g

Spinach-Mandarin Salad

Eating salad should never be dull, so DaVita dietitian, Barbara from Oklahoma, comes to the rescue with kidney-friendly Spinach-Mandarin Salad — a leafy dish packed with crunchy, creative taste.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Barbara from Oklahoma.

Portions: 5     Serving size: 1 cup


  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, sweetened
  • 5-ounce can water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1 medium apple
    1/4 cup crunchy chow mein noodles
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vinaigrette salad dressing


  1. Drain water chestnuts and oranges; cut apple into wedges.
  2. Place washed, drained spinach leaves into a 1-quart serving bowl. Sprinkle dried cranberries over top.
  3. Add water chestnuts, chow mein noodles, apple wedges and mandarin oranges.
  4. Sprinkle pepper over top. Cover and refrigerate to chill.
  5. Toss lightly with 1/4-cup vinaigrette salad dressing and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 high calorie
  • 1 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • One-half cup raw spinach contains 156 mg potassium. One-half cup cooked spinach (measured after cooking) contains 419 mg potassium.
  • You may substitute leaf lettuce, or use spinach and lettuce.
  • For a variation, add salad dressing to salad and chill 3 to 4 hours before serving. Portion size is 3/4 cup (smaller because the spinach wilts after the vinaigrette dressing is added).
  • This salad is delicious using Wishbone® Light Raspberry-Walnut Vinaigrette® salad dressing.

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Spinach-Mandarin Salad

kwbess95 says:


I made this and it was delicious! For a change I added some cooked chicken breast! Filling and delicious!

Oct. 20, 2014, 9:28 AM - Inappropriate review?

Spinach-Mandarin Salad

mountainlaurel says:


water chesnuts are not listed on the ingredient list. What volume to use? Dietitian comment: You may have missed it on the list. The recipe included one 5-ounce can of water chestnuts.

Oct. 10, 2014, 2:56 PM - Inappropriate review?

Spinach-Mandarin Salad

msharp says:


One of the best salad recipies that I have tried. The crunchiness and texture are great. This is my favorite salad.

Jul. 31, 2009, 6:41 PM - Inappropriate review?

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