To make candied almonds, melt butter in a small frying pan over medium-low heat.
Add almonds and sugar, cooking until golden brown.
Remove from heat, transfer to a different dish to cool. As almonds are cooling, continuously separate using a fork or another utensil (if you don't, the almonds will be stuck together and will be hard to separate once cool).
To make dressing, mix/shake all dressing ingredients together in a salad dressing cruet, or another tightly sealed container.
Rinse and dry lettuce leaves. Rip into bite-sized pieces.
Mix together lettuce, green onions, rice noodles, cooled candied almonds, and mandarin oranges.
Before serving, pour dressing over lettuce and mix using salad tongs.