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Mandarin Orange Salad

Happy Friday! We have been sharing some Traditional Easter Recipes this week, and continue today with Mandarin Orange Salad. I’ve been making this salad for many years. We especially love it during the Spring and for Easter Dinner.

The original recipe came from a Mom of a gymnast I was coaching in the early 90′s. We had been to her house for a team dinner, and she shared the recipe with me. It’s been a hit every time I make it.

It’s best to serve the dressing on the side, or add it right before serving, but you can certainly mix up the salad ahead of time. We use Nakano All Natural Rice Vinegar in the Vinaigrette Dressing, it has no sodium and no sugar added.

The added crunch of the Caramelized Almonds really completes the salad. You could leave off the almonds, but it just won’t be the same without them.

Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves a crowd

Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

Refreshing Springtime Salad Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com

Ingredients

  • 1 head of lettuce, torn
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 can {11 oz} Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Nakano Rice Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Caramelized Almonds
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine lettuce, celery, onion and mandarin oranges in a large bowl
  2. Cover and chill up to 3 hours
  3. Caramelized Almonds
  4. In a small saucepan, add the almonds and sugar, cover over medium low heat, stirring constantly until golden {watch carefully - they will burn quickly}
  5. Pour onto wax paper and cool
  6. Break into pieces
  7. Dressing
  8. Combine all ingredients and shake well
  9. Serve on the side or toss into salad just before serving
  10. Top with almonds

Notes

Liz says... The dressing doesn't seem like it will be enough, but it is plenty. Don't forget the Caramelized Almonds...they make the salad great!

Doug says... This salad is nice and refreshing, any salad dressing tastes good on it.

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In case you missed the other Easter Recipes

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Comments

  1. That looks terrific! I definitely want to try this one.

  2. I love lettuce salads with fruit but don’t think to make them. This looks so easy and perfect. I’ve printed it and pinned it too! Thanks – I found you at Grandma Loy’s “Friday Finds”.

  3. I’ve been making this for years (for spring and Easter!) since I had it at a work “salad day.” I’ve added some thinly sliced red onions and/or green onions and it’s always a hit!

  4. This dish looks great, thanks for linking this up to my hop this month!

  5. Melissa Ziemba says:

    This is great. I added the juice from the mandarin oranges to the dressing.

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