Yield: 6 servings

Mandarin Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Juicy mandarin oranges add a whole other dimension to your green salad! Toss in some crunchy pecans and a spicy homemade vinaigrette dressing and Mandarin Salad is ready to serve as a side dish. Add your favorite protein to make it a meal!


For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cranks fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 8 drops Tabasco sauce

For the nuts:

  • ½ cup sliced pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

For the Salad:

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


  1. In a small bowl, mix ingredients for dressing, refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. For nuts, saute almonds in 2 Tablespoons sugar on medium heat, until browned.
  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


  • Make it a meal: This salad makes a great foundation for a light lunch or dinner. Add grilled salmon, shredded chicken or tofu for a nourishing and filling meal.
  • Need less spice? Reduce the amount of tabasco sauce to your liking. My family loves the heat in the dressing but it tastes good with just a couple of drops of hot sauce too.
  • Make the dressing first. The flavors have time to mingle and combine while you get everything else ready for the salad. You can even make it a few hours ahead of time to make meal time easier.
  • Change it up. Hate green onions? Feel free to swap them out for red or white onion. Want to add some cucumber? Go for it. This salad is delicious made with spinach or other leafy greens as well.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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