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 90s. 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 depending on what works for you. In my case, I like to put it on the side. 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.

Orange Salad
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Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

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  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves a crowd


Refreshing Springtime Salad Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com


  • 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


  1. Combine lettuce, celery, onion and mandarin oranges in a large bowl
  2. Cover and chill up to 3 hours

Caramelized Almonds

  1. In a small saucepan, add the almonds and sugar, cover over medium low heat, stirring constantly until golden {watch carefully – they will burn quickly}
  2. Pour onto wax paper and cool
  3. Break into pieces


  1. Combine all ingredients and shake well
  2. Serve on the side or toss into salad just before serving
  3. Top with almonds


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.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins

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Final Thoughts

Living healthily is what we aim to do. With this recipe, you are taking a step towards it. Taking aside the need to be healthy, I assure you that this salad is a delicious treat. I have been making this for years and since then I have been enjoying it and so did my family.



  1. 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”.

  2. 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!

  3. Melissa Ziemba Reply

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

  4. Hello. I tried this recipe years ago and then lost it.
    Only in the past few years have I started to get into cooking. I had a couple of “cooking” friends come by last night for dinner and drinks. I knew I couldn’t make just any kind of salad for these foodies so I remembered this one. Somehow I found your site again yesterday – just in time.

    I made it again and they LOVED IT. I doubled it thinking I wanted to ensure there was enough. Well it was all gone at the end of the night 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

    • So glad it was a hit with your friends Nancy! Would you do us a favor and rate the recipe with the stars scale right below your comment. Thanks

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