Irish Flag Spinach Salad Recipe (2024)

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by Sandyon Feb 22, 2019 (updated Mar 16, 2021)

A patriotic Irish Flag Spinach Salad Recipe (colors of Ireland flag) with fresh spinach, oranges, pears, and a tangy salad dressing!

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This time of year, I can’t help but think of Irish food. And Irish colors and shamrocks. That is because I’m married to an Irishman, and I have Irish children. So, thus this fantasticIrish Flag Spinach Salad Recipe.

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Irish Flag Spinach Salad

We’re also BIG salad lovers, so this Irish Flag Salad is big on our list of favorites. Plus, it’s a fun salad to serve company this time of year. [Think St. Patrick’s Day coming up in a few weeks!]

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Fresh ingredients for spinach salad:

  • Spinach
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Feta cheese
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Fresh basil
  • Plus a fabulous dressing

A delicious start to your Irish meal!

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Irish Spinach Salad Recipe

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients!
  2. In a large salad bowl, layer spinach, pears and oranges, feta cheese, pistachio, basil, and dressing. Toss and serve cold!

It’s that easy!

Hosting in 1999

Thinking back to serving company, I came across this lovely photo of Paul and me getting ready to serve our guests.

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Remember the days on Instagram when everyone added subpar photos (you know, not perfect) of in the moment, when you’re actually living life? That’s what I love about my Instagram stories … they are pretty true to what is happening that day. With a few photos or recipes linked in … I often add old photos (like this) to my Instagram stories.

But this salad! It’s fresh and yummy and so colorful!

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Anyway, this is us. I don’t know who took this pic of Paul and me in our #2 house. Man, did I love this kitchen. And I wonder what I had taped to my kitchen cabinet. HA. I really wish I could zoom in on that. Looks like a big salad in the white bowl, or maybe pasta since there’s a big pot on the stove.

This was around 1999, I’m thinking.Wow, 20 years ago!

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More St. Patrick party salads to serve:

All about hospitality

What I learned years ago about hospitality was to make people feel seen. To make them feel valued, loved, included.

I also learned to never expect anything in return … just keep inviting, including, loving, and welcoming people into my life.

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That is what hospitality is.

It’s truly not just a dinner party.

Friends, I challenge you to host a dinner soon. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or even ‘holiday’ related!

Possibly start off the meal with this light starter salad?

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Irish Flag Spinach Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes mins

Total Time: 15 minutes mins

Yield: 4

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  • 2 oranges, cut into slices or supremes
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup roasted, chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh, chopped basil
  • 4 heaping handfuls of spinach


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/3 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Salt to taste

Cuisine: Irish

Course: Salad

Author: Sandy / Reluctant Entertainer

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Hello and welcome to my home and table!

I’m Sandy—lover of food, family, cooking, THE BIG BOARD, travel, and bringing people together. Through great recipes and connection around the table, we become better, stronger, and more courageous people. Feasting on Life is real, and every time we do it, we grow a little more. Read more...

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originally published on Feb 22, 2019 (last updated Mar 16, 2021)

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  1. MarshaReply

    Irish Flag Spinach Salad Recipe (16)
    Yummy salad and so festive for St. Patrick’s Day! My family really liked it. I used a honey-lemon dressing I happened to have on hand.

  2. DianeReply

    Irish Flag Spinach Salad Recipe (17)
    Made this salad for St Patrick’s Day dinner and it was a hit!

  3. Laureen HayReply

    Made this salad for the family St Patrick’s Day dinner to rave reviews!
    I substituted an Asian Apple Pear for the pears as they are not in season now and it was delicious. Will definitley make this refreshing tasty salad again 😋

  4. Mary EstebanReply

    Irish Flag Spinach Salad Recipe (18)
    It turned out perfect. I followed the recipe , including the dressing but doubled the whole thing for a crowd. I used crumbled goat cheese instead of feta, and added 2 granny Smith apples .
    It was a big hit. I was surprised how quick and easy it was. I used all fresh ingredients, as for the oranges, I used 5 cutie mandarins .

  5. Cindy AdamsReply

    You inspire me to Enjoy having people over more and stress less about my home’s imperfections! It really is about loving people and feeding them – not just food- but acceptance and warmth and love.
    Is that wallpaper behind your stove and along wall under cabinets?!? It looks like the same wallpaper I loved so so much in our dining room 1998-2015, that my daughter insisted must come down during our 2015 remodel!

    • Sandy

      It is … and I LOVED that wallpaper so much. It was a really popular print, and we eventually remodeled that kitchen and took it down in 2003! :)

  6. Cindy FrankReply

    Looks amazing!! Love the photo of you and Paul!!!

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