I loved this salad for lunch. It's not as sweet as the typical mandarin orange salad, but was wonderful non the less. I would suggest doubling the pecans because everyone loves them. They are not too sweet and not too spicy. I The oven time dries and toasts the nuts perfectly giving the salad a nice crunch of flavor.
Wonderful salad!!! Just loved the sugared pecans along with the mix of veggies and dressing. I made the pecans and the dressing the day before, so dressing flavors could blend. I followed it exactly as written, except I added some Monterey Jack Shredded cheese to the top. The dressing is on the sweet side (didn't notice the hot sauce) but the pecans have a little zip with the red pepper. Thanks for sharing!! Made for Holiday Tag.