Mandarin Salad

"A slightly sweet dressing with the crunchiness of sugared almonds makes this an outstanding salad! Recipe is requested every time it is served. Found recipe in Woman's Day magazine in 1995."
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  • Shake first 6 dressing ingredients in a jar and refrigerate.
  • Stir almonds and sugar in a small pan over medium heat until sugar melts and starts to caramelize and almonds are very lightly toasted.
  • Scrape into metal bowl and cool to room temperature.
  • Break up and store covered at room temperature.
  • Just before serving, put chopped lettuces in a large bowl.
  • Add celery, oranges, onions and almonds.
  • Shake dressing well and pour over salad.
  • Toss to mix and coat.

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  1. Kathy
    It's sweet, it's crunchy, it's like no other salad I've had. Delicious! The red onion, almonds, and oranges make this such a pretty salad. Thanks!
  2. DDW
    Outstanding Salad! Simple with great light flavors that mix together so....well. I didn't have any almonds so I sugared chopped pecans and they were great. Can't wait to try this out again on guests next time.
  3. Litttlesocks
    Totally Awesome salad! Definitely will make again!
  4. haniski
    If you like a sweet salad, it's delicious!! I took it to a family dinner and they ate all of it. Fresh, crunchy, good!
  5. Chef AngieW
    This is a great salad. Made as directed except for the hot sauce.


  1. lolablitz
    Excellent salad just like my Mom makes! I use a bunch of scallions instead of red onion because that's how she makes it and used 2 tsp dried parsley. Next time I'll up the salt a little in the dressing and reduce the amount of almonds and celery a little. This can easily be halved (it is in my mom's Sunset recipe). Such a fab recipe! Thanks, Marie!
  2. Mary_K
    This is exactly what I was looking for in a salad! It was simple, crunchy and had a refreshing sweetness. I substituted red wine vinegar for cider vinegar and dried parsley for fresh (used much less) and it had a great flavor. Thank you!
  3. crowland
    This is a really excellent recipe. I used light olive oil for the oil, and substituted pecans for the almonds, because that's what I had on hand. also omitted celery because I don't like it. The result was fabulous, the dressing was a perfect mix of tangy and sweet. I have company coming tomorrow and am making it again, only a week after making it the first time.
  4. imdrabbit
    I did a few changes but basically this is a delicious recipe. I used red wine vinegar instead of cider, I left out the parsley, hot pepper sauce and celery and I added some red and yellow bell pepper and strawberries. I had to go back for seconds. My son who hardly eats salad loved this. It is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.
  5. Momisbusy
    My aunt brought this salad to a family reunion, and it was FABULOUS!! The only difference is she put slivered raw almonds instead of candied, and she added some quartered strawberries. The end result was delicious and beautiful. I can't wait to have it again!


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