Mandarin, Greens, and Protein Bowl

Mandarin, Greens, and Protein Bowl
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Here’s a fresh and lovely entrée salad for one—perfect for a work-form-home lunch or a busy weeknight dinner. The zingy, citrusy dressing is made by blending together cider vinegar and sesame oil with grated ginger and whole oranges. You'll drizzle that onto a bed of salad greens (whatever you have) and a lean protein of choice (leftover chicken or shrimp or canned tuna work well, or use tofu or beans for a plant-based meal). You can additional vegetables and toppings if you want—try grape tomatoes, avocado, or shredded carrot. For crunch, top with peanuts or another roasted nut.

  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Servings
    1 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 bowl
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

1 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 bowl
  • Amount per serving Calories 390

  • Total Fat 19g
    • Saturated Fat 2.7g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 160mg
  • Sodium 310mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g
    • Dietary Fiber 7g
    • Total Sugars 20g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 29g
  • Potassium 1120mg
  • Phosphorus 345mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 1/2 Fruit, Nonstarchy vegetable, 4 Lean protein, 2 1/2 Fat



  • mandarin oranges (fresh or canned)
    2 whole or 1 small can
  • grated fresh ginger
    1 tsp (or 1/4 tsp ground ginger)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    1 tbsp
  • toasted sesame oil
    2 tsp
  • baby spinach or other salad greens
    2 cup
  • cooked protein of choice (such as chicken, shrimp, or canned tuna)
    3 oz (about 1/2 cup)
  • roasted, salted peanuts
    2 tbsp


  1. Place half the orange pieces into a blender with the ginger, vinegar, and oil (set the other orange pieces aside for later). Cover and purée.

  2. Arrange the spinach, protein, and reserved orange pieces in a bowl. Drizzle with the orange-sesame dressing. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve.

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    This was really good! However, the dressing was watery. I think I will drain mandarin oranges more & squeeze most liquid out of them. I also added some wonton strips to give a little crunch. I will definitely make again!