Make Ahead Dinner Salad



  • 2 tablespoons mandarin orange syrup (from canned fruit)
  • 1.5 cups low-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • sweetener to taste(opt.)


  • 4 ounces fresh spinach, washed and drained
  • 4 ounces romaine lettuce
  • 1 (11oz) can, drained, mandarin orange segments
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1.5 cups chopped smoked turkey
  • 1/2 (10oz) pkg. frozen peas
  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, sliced


Tear spinach and romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces and place in 9x13" casserole or a glass salad bowl. Reserve a few egg slices and mandarin orange segments for garnish. Layer all ingredients over the spinach and lettuce, ending with egg layer. Spread reserved mayonnaise mixture evenly over salad and garnish with orange segments and egg slices. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. You may toss on some toasted sliced almonds just before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.