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Mandarin Almond Salad Recipe

Mandarin Almond Salad Recipe

Here's a refreshing salad that's always a hit at our house. Crisp greens, bright oranges and red onion add pretty color to your meal, and the sweet caramelized almonds provide a unique crunch. This bowl gets passed around until it's empty! —Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 bunch red leaf lettuce, torn
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 small red onion, sliced


  • 1. In a small skillet, melt 3 tablespoons sugar over low heat. Add almonds; stir until coated. Cool; break into small pieces and set aside. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, parsley, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce and remaining sugar; shake well.
  • 2. Just before serving, combine lettuce, oranges, onion and almonds in a large salad bowl. Shake dressing; pour over salad and toss. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 209 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein .

Reviews for Mandarin Almond Salad

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MY REVIEW 246401
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"My son said tonight, "This salad took me to a higher plain"! Perhaps a tad of an exaggeration but my husband and I loved it as well. Plain ol' lettuce and tomato salads can be boring--this one will be an elegant and different-tasting change for family or guests and not hard to put together. Wonderful flavor combinations and great colors for presentation."

germanycook 2634
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Yummy easy salad. I already had candied almonds so just chopped them up. Didn't use hot sauce in the dressing and it was really good!"

jrmonnin1 2268
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"This salad is SOOO good. Every time I make it someone wants the recipe and quick too!"

cwbuff 4801
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"Simple, elegant salad. The extra effort with the almonds is worth it and gives the salad a special touch! I left out the hot sauce, though, since I don't like spicy."

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