Mandarin Orange and Spinach Salad

"This is a beautiful tossed salad with spinach, romaine, and mandarin oranges with a sweet, sour, slightly spicy dressing. To top it all off, glazed sliced almonds. I first made this in culinary school, and I have made it many times. It is great for entertaining. The mandarin oranges' color just "pops" against the greens. Time includes chill time for the dressing."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 large salad




  • In jar with tight-fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; shake well. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • In skillet, cook almonds and sugar over medium low heat until sugar melts and coats almonds, stirring frequently. Cool; break apart.
  • Combine the rest of the salad ingredients.
  • Toss with dressing and top with almonds--I prefer to top the salad, and at the last minute, as opposed to tossing the almonds in the salad to keep the sugar from being "washed off" by the dressing.

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  1. Let me begin by saying this is easily a more than 5 Star recipe. This salad is by far better than a lot of salads I have been served in restaurants! I made as directed changing only the sliced green onions to thinly sliced red onions and only because that is what I had on hand. The red onions were a beautiful addition to the salad. This recipe will stay on top of my recipe list to serve very often! I thank you & my husband thanks you, Chele D!!
  2. Absolutely divine. I used a mixed baby romaine lettuce and skipped the spinach ( it was just nasty looking at the store) I also did not add the green onions and celery ( I got sidestracked ) Anyway the dressing in AWESOME sweet and sour and yummy. LOVED the candied nuts ( I used a mix of slivered almonds and pecans) Made for Everyday is a Holiday Tag This is going in my Divine Cookbook of 2009


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