Toasted Walnut Salad With Mandarin Oranges and Gorgonzola Cheese

"I had this salad at one of my favorite restaurants. I couldn't figure out the secret until I toasted the walnuts. This salad blends all the flavors together well, it is a great side to just about anything. Easy to put together and chill while you cook other things. If you don't have raspberry vinaigrette, try with Recipe #23478."
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Ready In:




  • Melt butter in a sauce pan.
  • Stir in walnut pieces and coat with butter.
  • Stir for 4 minutes and remove from pan and set aside.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Toss greens, mandarin orange segments and crumbled cheese.
  • Toss with toasted walnuts and serve with raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing.

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  1. This is a delicious salad. I've made it twice now--once with romaine, green-leaf and butter lettuces topped with Recipe #23478, and another time with baby spinach and baby spring mix topped with Recipe #176952. I usually toast nuts dry, either in a skillet or in the oven, and toasting the walnuts in butter was a nice touch. I love mandarin oranges, and I like that this salad has a lot of them. :) Both times I've made it, I was only making it to serve two, so I pretty well just eyeballed ingredient amounts. Great salad--thanks for posting!
  2. I must have read for hours here before I found what I was looking for - trying to replicate a salad I had at a dinner party recently - and this was dead on. I could eat nothing but this salad and be happy! I was pressed for time so I bought glazed walnut pieces rather than toasting them myself - adds some extra sweetness that I really liked but I'll try it your way when I have more time. Thanks!
  3. delicious and the other reviewer was right, the five star house salad dressing goes great with this. thanks!
  4. I can't wait to try this for one of my clients. Helen


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