Mandarin Salad

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Mandarin Salad: delicious, crisp salad with sugared pecans, mandarin oranges and homemade dressing!

This is another great recipe given to me by my grandma. And since it’s the New Year, I thought we would start it off right. With salad.

And sweet sugared cinnamon pecans.

Okay, so it’s not the healthiest of all salads, but c’mon people. I’m trying here. Just like in real life, I’ll be back eating cookies and cupcakes tomorrow (and sharing those recipes with you all).

Until then, how about we ring in the New Year with a salad. Doesn’t have the same excitement as fudge, truffles and cookies. I know.

But how about if I attach an amazing giveaway to this salad?

How does winning a new iPad sound? THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!!!!

Enter in the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Then go visit some of my friend’s blogs who are co-sponsoring this awesome giveaway.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Mandarin Salad

Mandarin Salad


For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cranks fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 8 drops Tabasco sauce

For the nuts:

  • 1/2 cup sliced pecans
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

For the Salad:

  • 3 bunches romaine lettuce (or one pkg of 3 stalks)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 can (15oz) mandarin oranges, drained


  1. In a small bowl, mix ingredients for dressing, refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. For nuts, saute almonds in 2 Tbsp sugar on medium heat, until browned (or use my [cinnamon sugar pecans |])
  3. To assemble salad, chop lettuce and place in large bowl, Add green onions, celery and oranges. Top with sugared nuts. Drizzle with dressing right before serving. ENJOY

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316 comments on “Mandarin Salad”

  1. Traci

    I would look up recipes from my favorite bloggers :O)

  2. Jackie T

    facebook or instagram!

  3. karen

    The first app I would download would be Pinterest because from Pinterest I can go to all my favorite bloggers!

  4. This is one of my favorite salads!! Facebook!

  5. Stacey

    Pinterest, most definitely!!

  6. I love this salad! I make a similar version.

  7. ann japsen

    Pinterest! awesome

  8. Jen

    I would be catching up on all of my favorite blogs.

  9. Debi Boz

    Apps gone free…..

  10. Telza

    That salad looks delicious, what a great way to start the new year!

  11. I would download the Bon Appetit app

  12. Angie

    Why, Facebook of course!!

  13. Thanks for posting such great recipes. I follow you here and on Pinterest. Hope you have an awesome 2013

  14. honesty

    Would love to win an ipad. I’m also loving the recipe. O think I may be trying it today. πŸ™‚

  15. SandiT

    Salad looks awesome. Baby steps to healthy eating for the New Year and this is a good start


  17. Heidi D

    Would love to win, salad looks yummy and healthy!

  18. sandee

    This would be so fun!

  19. Claire

    Perfect start to a new year: a delicious, healthful salad that even my kids would surely love

  20. Sheila

    I changed fb accts, and your site was one of the very first I found again to add to my new acct. The salad looks perfect for a fresh start.

  21. Sandra

    The first app I would download? Hmmmm …. Facebook or My Fitness Pal

  22. Martha

    Yummy recipes blog. I see why my friend Ellen likes this!

  23. I like to think I am going to eat healthy this year…but you are right, I will be back to eating cookies and cupcakes by tomorrow:-) Love this yummy salad though!!!

  24. Facebook, then Pinterest πŸ™‚

  25. Phew! I entered them all! I would download instagram or something for my kids first. Thanks ladies!

  26. Nancy

    Pinterest for sure !

  27. Keri Lewis

    Evernote. It’s helping me keep track of recipes, ideas, lists, etc. on my iPhone, work & home computers. Love it!

  28. Let me get this straight… You give us all these wonderful recipes and ideas and then you want to give an iPad?? How wonderful you are! And of course your blog is too!

  29. Donna

    I would download Facebook first, and then go crazy πŸ™‚

  30. Amy Quinn

    I would download I heart radio!

  31. I would download a recipe box app. I’m not sure which one.

  32. Sally

    Love it! Pinterest !!!!

  33. The first app I would download is Facebook, that is the one I use the most!

  34. Brenda Brazell

    The salad sounds delish! An iPad would be nice too!lol. Thank you for the recipe! Happy New Year!

  35. Lisa W.

    If I won, I would first download Facebook so I could keep up with all the great recipes I’ve been finding. Then something for my grandsons & an e-reader so I could have some new material to read without taking up more room in my apartment with “real” books.

  36. Doreen W

    Crossing my fingers on this one!

  37. Janet

    I would download Pinterest for sure first then Kindle Cloud Reader πŸ™‚ And that salad looks way yum – i may just have to start out the year with a Mandarin Salad!

  38. Sandy M.

    Facebook, so I can follow Shugary Sweets, that way I can take with me when I go to Ireland this March, then I can share any recipes that I get there with you

  39. Leslie H

    That salad looks delicious! I would enioy the Kindle app!

  40. Lori

    I would download Reading Raven for my developmentally delayed preschool students.

  41. It would have to be, The Wweight Watchers calculator

  42. Ohhhhh I LOVE the white one!!! And the first app that I would download would probably be Instagram or Pinterest. It’s a toss up lol!!

  43. Deanna

    That salad looks tasty! I love sugared pecans of any sort. πŸ˜€

  44. Deanna

    The first app I’d download would be either Fitocracy or Cozi.

  45. Kara

    Definitely Instagram.

  46. Denise M.

    Myfitnesspal… is a must and keeps me on track…oh and TMZ πŸ™‚

  47. Donna Ingalls

    I would download FaceTime so we can “see” and talk to our children, grandchildren and parents that live far away. Love doing this and watching the little one.


  48. Lois F.

    Awesome giveaway, Aimee! Hope you had a fabulous holiday season!! Hugs to you all!

  49. Lois F.

    Probably Facebook!

  50. Would be wonderful….PINTEREST !

  51. Anne Hernandez

    The FIRST app would probably be practical – Find my iPad. After that, it would depend on what it comes with. I’ve never had a tablet of any sort, so I’d have to see.
    Happy New Year!

  52. That picture is gorgeous. Did you get a new lens?

  53. Danielle

    Just pinned this looks so yummy

  54. Carrie

    I’m not sure, probably FB.

  55. Nicole

    Hmm…Facebook, Pinterest or Tasty Kitchen…it’s a toss up!

  56. Stephanie

    Probably I would download Pinterest first! The salad looks amazing!

  57. Simple, yet so falvorful! I really need to start making more salad.. πŸ™‚

  58. Robin Chesser

    I’d download the Professional Chef.

  59. Kristin

    Facebook and Pinterest!
    Happy 2013!!! Thanks for making me gain weight in 2012, I look forward to gaining a few more lbs in 2013 with your amazing recipes πŸ˜‰

  60. The first App I’d download would be Amazon Kindle!! I love to read and would love to have all my books in one place πŸ™‚

  61. Susan

    I think the kids would even eat this….maybe add sme bacon

  62. Lisa

    Some kind of cooking app!

  63. I just love all the yummy recipes you have.☺

  64. Jaylynn L

    Pinterest and FB!!

  65. I would download my hubby’s favorite game.

  66. GingerLee Charles

    The very first will be Pinterest – followed by FB.

  67. Darlene

    Probably…then Facebook! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  68. Jules K

    Pinterest! My addiction!

  69. nikki

    i look up recipes at home and at work a lot so an ipad would be very convient instead of trying to use my phone all the time

  70. Sarah Calarco

    Pinterest!! I love looking up all the yummy dessert on it!

  71. Wendy R

    Pinterest. I’m addicted πŸ˜€

  72. Brenna D.

    Anything Salad is my favorite πŸ™‚

  73. Lori

    Thanks and the salad looks great!

  74. I would definitely download Instagram or Pinterest first. Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Terri C

    I would love to win an ipad, I am trying to start my own business and this would be very helpful.

  76. Veronica

    instagram! πŸ™‚ or the starbucks app haha

  77. Charlotte Moore

    I would probably have some kid learning apps downloaded for my great grandbaby.
    Thanks for the chance to enter.

  78. Jen

    Facebook and Pinterest thank u for the giveaway

  79. Pinterest! Bur facebook is a close second!

  80. I need this for my tons of recipes. Pick me!

  81. Looks yummy! Just the type of salad my husband likes!

  82. First app to download….hmmmm….probably Kindle, then Facebook, then all the apps my kids like.

  83. Kim R.

    First app for me to download would be facebook! THEN Pinterest! πŸ™‚

  84. YUM! Love your blog! I would love for you to visit my linky party going on now at

    Have a great day!

  85. Amy H

    That salad looks great!

  86. Beverly

    first app you’ll download on your iPad is Ziplist.

  87. Love the iPad! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  88. Angi M.

    Oh my gosh…so hard to pick one app…Uhm…probably Pinterest!

  89. Diane

    Hm, not really sure!! Kindle reader, Pinterest, FB, maybe something else? It would depend on my mood, I think!

  90. Marion

    Thank you for the opportunity! Happy New Year!

  91. Michelle

    Facebook…then Pinterest

  92. Lori

    Pinterest, then a day planner!

  93. I love the look of this salad I will be trying it soon. The first app I would put on my Ipad would be facebook and the pinterest.

  94. Twitter would be the first app I would download!

  95. Katherine C.


  96. Facebook, probably! πŸ™‚

  97. Shanna

    Love your recipes!

  98. Shanna

    Definitely Pinterest.

  99. If I won the iPad the first app I would download is Pinterest

  100. KaylaSue

    I would download the kindle app πŸ™‚

  101. Rochelle Dunsbergen

    Facebook and Pinterest

  102. Sharon

    Facebook and Pinterest

  103. Robb

    This is one darn good site with some great recipes. happy New Year to All.

  104. Hannah H.

    Ziplist! I love it!!

  105. Sharroyn

    This salad sounds yummy

  106. Melisa

    I would probably start with Pinterest!!!!!!

  107. Shelby

    Love my old iPad! No camera though. First app on a new one-probably QVC.

  108. Jennifer

    I would probably download the pinterest app and my phase 10 game app first!

  109. Aileen

    A salad dressing with Tabasco??? My husband is going to love this! Great giveaway too!

  110. Nicole

    The simpsons tapped out ! And of course all the same foodie apps I love and use on my iPhone daily!

  111. Bethany

    Oh yeah, Pinterest is soooo much better on the iPad!! That’s going on so fast! That and Hulu – I’m a video junkie.

  112. laurie

    I would love an iPad, my laptop died and I have been using my phone and it is so small and hard to type and browse on.

  113. Renee

    Lose it! or something to that nature, to help with the holiday excess. πŸ™‚

  114. I LOVE this salad, I’m so ready for new recipes like this to stay on my goal. Thank you for sharing. And I’m SOOO excited to win this Ipad!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories bty the Mile

  115. Diane

    I think Pinterest if there is one ?

  116. Ann

    Pinterest! Because that’s where I find great blogs like this.

  117. Jennifer

    My memory is shot – it was Facebook maybe, unless that was pre-loaded, and then it was Flipboard

  118. Lori H

    I would download Pinterest!

  119. Beth

    Love your beautiful blog and all your amazing recipes! Thanks for this fun giveaway!

  120. Cathy

    I’d have to go app shopping but probably something to do with food or crafts

  121. This looks great. I can’t wait until my garden comes and I can make this.

  122. Pinterest. Okay, I would download a reading app and then every book could.

  123. Kim

    I’ll buy angry birds! πŸ˜€

  124. Happy New year to you and your family, Aimee! Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes that add spice to our lives!

  125. Trina R.

    I’m sure it would be Pinterest!

  126. HJ

    Pinterest! Oooh, and Amazon! πŸ™‚

  127. Kay Gee

    I’m not sure which app I would get first.

  128. Becky N.

    What nice recipes you have! Thank you and I hope I win the iPad. It would be awesome to facetime my grandkids!

  129. kari

    angry birds star wars …..or maybe pintrest

  130. Sylvia Velasquez

    The first app I would download is Pandora. Love that app!

  131. Holly Garcia

    Google Play so I can have all my favorite Apps!

  132. Tina ford

    I would download google reader for my blogs.

  133. Samantha McCullough

    That salad looks absolutely delicious. The first app I would download would have to be Pandora and then flow free. That game is wonderfully addictive.

  134. Elena Vo

    Big Oven, a recipe app.

  135. Tracy Paul

    It would have to be Pinterest. I’m on that site pinning and looking up recipes for hours everyday.

  136. Jennifer A

    Pinterest – I love having access to all my favorite recipes

  137. Jovani F

    Definitely Pinterest!

  138. Megan

    Probably something for my kids πŸ™‚ Or instagram…just getting into that.

  139. zeiger

    pinterest or netflix

  140. Candace ford

    Anything that makes saving old recipes easy!

  141. Kathy

    I’d learn how to download!

  142. Hi! It’s me stopping by again! Another great giveaway! The first app I would download is…my favorite cooking site!

  143. No doubt – Words With Friends! Thanks for a chance to win!

  144. Carroll

    A game app for sure. Thanks for the chance to win.

  145. Ilana

    I’d have to find a really good recipe app. BTW, that salad looks pretty healthy (and yummy) to me.

  146. Epicurious app! Citrus salads are delish in winter – yours looks lovely. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

  147. Sheila

    I need an IPad just to figure out what an “app” is…….

  148. Jackie Hlavka

    Angry Birds! I still don’t have a phone with internet so I always have to borrow someones if I want to play

  149. I’d probably download Pinterest on my iPad. That, and my online banking app…

    Also, is it legal to put mandarin oranges on everything? Because I want to do that.

  150. Eileen McClean

    I would load Pinterest .thanks for the opportunity to win

  151. Becky Westberry

    Angry Birds

  152. I love Bookworm so I’d get that one first.

  153. Mindelei Wuori

    The salad sounds wonderful, but the iPad does sound even better! πŸ™‚

  154. Monica Young

    I’d download twitter first lol,not gonna lie I LOVE twitter!

  155. Karen

    First App, hmmm — probably Pinterest

  156. for me the bible, if the boys had it their way Angry Birds πŸ™‚

  157. It would have to be a toss up between Facebook and LoseIt. Wonderful giveaway!

  158. Eh, I already have a new iPad LOL…but I love your site and this recipe!!!! Happy New Year.

  159. Amy Brewer

    First thing would be facebook and then maybe a coupon app that my cousin does on her tablet. I love deals and I love food and I like them to go hand in hand.

  160. Kate Morgan

    Sure like what I’ve seen so far…looking for more baking fun on Pinterest! Thanks!

  161. Debby G.

    The first app would be Pinterest!

  162. Megan Myers-Bell

    I have a such a sweet tooth so I consider ANY salad to be healthy, including one topped with cinnamon pecans. Thanks for sharing!

    Instagram! I am slightly obsessed!

  163. Ooooh, there are so many great apps – I’m sure glad I don’t have to limit myself to just one. Would probably start with flipboard though – and then make my way through all the recipe apps! Thanks for another great comp πŸ™‚

  164. trudie

    the first app will be dropbox!

  165. Carrie Martin

    A food app for sure.

  166. Maria Mendoza

    Thanks for the chance to win

  167. Kathy Joyce

    Facebook of course (-:

  168. Jody Robinson

    Can’t wait to make this Mandarin Salad recipe!

  169. Laura Martz

    I would download Pinterest as my first app πŸ™‚

  170. michelle dement

    pinterest πŸ™‚ its my favorite place for recipes πŸ™‚

  171. Colleen

    The Tabasco sauce sounds interesting in this salad!

  172. Tammy Vazquez

    FB and Pinterest! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  173. Joan

    I would add Facebook and Pinterest first thing.

  174. Joan

    Thanks for this recipe – In love Mandarin oranges.

  175. Pat

    Facebook….or Pinterest would be the first apps!

  176. heather

    Indtagram thanks for the chance

  177. Awesome recipes here.
    First app would be Sketchbook Pro, I think πŸ™‚

  178. loretta ochoa

    I think my first site would be Sugary Sweets then maybe Pinterest

  179. Yvonne

    Pinterest.. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

  180. Angela O

    Instagram for sure… and my favorite blogs with pinterest! Making your citrus cookies tonight!

  181. Anonymous

    So who won?! I can’t seem to find anything on any of the blogs about this contest or a winner?! On pins n needles!!

  182. First app I will download is Facebook of course!

  183. Summer Blizzard

    The first thing I would download is pinterest.

  184. I would LOVE an Ipad. In the process of saving up for one now but oh how slow it goes. I am wanting on as a kitchen helper. Recipes and quick cooking info. It would be wonderful to win!!

  185. Probably pinterest and followed with instagram and facebook πŸ˜‰ BTW that salad looks amazing! I might have to make it this weekend!! πŸ˜‰

  186. Rose

    Facebook first, then blogs I’m following. Would love an ipad! Thanks for the delicious salad recipe too!

  187. Lynn

    Love to win this. THis is sweet!!!

  188. Kathy

    pinterest, love the recipes. Love the blogs. Thank you!!
    Salad sounds great!!

  189. Anonymous

    I love these recipes!!

  190. Anonymous

    I love these recipes!! Copycat sight is really the best!

  191. Janet Justice

    This has been my favorite salad that I have ever made!!!!!

  192. Nora Warren

    I would love to win this! Love the recipes on Pinterest!!

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  198. This salad was absolutely amazing! I topped it with Coconut Shrimp for a summer time dinner! Soooooo good! Doubled the dressing which tasted great with the shrimp!

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  200. Sandy Kellar

    your recipe gives directions for almonds, yet the picture shows pecans. Which is your preference?

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