Here’s a great salad recipe that my sister and I have made many times. I forgot about it until recently and got it out to take to a party. It was a big hit and the bowl was empty when I returned home! It’s easy to put together, looks a little fancy and tastes delicious.
Just multiply ingredients depending on how many you want to serve. I used 2 cans of mandarin oranges and more salad greens and I didn’t use spinach leaves this time, but curly leaf green lettuce. It was very good! The candied almonds really give it a good flavor too, as well as the homemade salad dressing. I also quadrupled the salad dressing to make more, since as it it’s not that much. You can add more or less of each item depending on your taste.
Mandarin Orange Tossed Salad
Easy and delicious tossed salad with mandarin oranges and candied almonds.
- 2 cups torn lettuce I used red leaf lettuce & no spinach
- 2 cups spinach leaves Use your favorite lettuce
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup mandarin orange segments 1 small can should work, I used 2 for this salad
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds I had sliced almonds and used those.
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- DRESSING RECIPE:
- 3 TBL Oil I used canola/olive oil mix
- 2 TBL sugar
- 2 TBL white vinegar
- 1/4 Tsp salt
- 1/4 Tsp hot pepper sauce
- 1 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh parsley I didn't use fresh parsley
In jar with tight fitting lid, combine dressing ingredients. Shake well. Refrigerate.
In heavy skillet, cook almonds with sugar over medium low heat until sugar melts and coats almonds, stirring frequently. Pour on foil, cool. Break apart if necessary.
In large bowl, combine remaining salad ingredients, except mandarin oranges. Add almonds and orange segments. Pour dressing and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
Multiply recipe for more servings. For additional dressing, just multiply that as well. I used 2 cans of mandarin oranges and doubled everything else to serve 8 people.
Hope you enjoy! It’s a good salad for a party!
Cindy D. says
I, too, have made this salad many times. It is quite tasty. The original recipe was one from Betty Crocker.
I couldn’t remember where we got it originally, but it’s been out there for years.
iI’ve been looking for a dish to take yo a party this weekend! Did you wait to add the dressing until you got to the party?
Hi, Barbara, yes I did. I took the dressing already made and then added it right before serving.
I think I made this years ago and forgot about it as well. I am going to add it back in to my repertoire! So easy and fresh, a great idea when it is too darn hot to cook! I wonder if it would be as good with fresh oranges? Probably not, don’t rock the boat! Thanks so much for joining us. We always love having you.
Thank you, Cindy, I think fresh oranges would be great too! It is a refreshing and light salad for summer. We love it!
That looks delish! I would toss in some dried cranberries, just because I toss them into every salad I make.
I love this salad and always serve if with a quiche for a ladies luncheon! Usually, I top it with poppy seed dressing (Store bought😉). It is always a hit.
Doreen Bednarski says
This sounds delicious and is now added to my Thanksgiving menu. Thank you for sharing.
A Blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Thank you, Doreen, Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Freda Witt says
Sounds really good, and one of those recipes that you can add or substitute any thing you want to make it personal. I can certainly see myself making this.
It’s a good one, Freda!
Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! I made it tonight for dinner. I omitted the celery because neither my husband nor I like it but added cooked chicken. Served with a warm buttered roll made it a meal. It’s a keeper!
Hi, Karen, so glad you tried it! It’s delicious!
Pat Dowd says
This salad recipe is definitely a keeper! Soooo delicious! FYI Rhoda, the almonds pictured are SLICED almonds, not slivered almonds. To some readers this might make a difference in the texture.
Yes, you are correct. I had sliced but I think either would work. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Sandra Sallin - Apart From My art says
Looks so fresh and yummy. I’ll have to try it. I love the idea that it was a Betty Crocker recipe. Brings back so many memories.
I have been making this salad for years and goes great with anything!!!