Mandarin Salad

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.

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Yield: 4-6 servings

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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Posted on January 1, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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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