Mandarin Pecan Salad Recipe
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Mandarin Pecan Salad Recipe

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Toss together this refreshing salad from Jeaune Hadl Van Meter of Lexington, Kentucky. The crisp greens are mixed with nuts and citrus, then drizzled with a sweet-tart poppy seed dressing.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 cups torn romaine
  • 1 snack-size cup (4 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 10 pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 333 calories, 26 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 203 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Divide the romaine, oranges, pecans and cranberries between two salad plates. In a blender, combine the oil, honey, vinegar, mustard, salt and onion powder; cover and process until smooth. Stir in poppy seeds. Drizzle over salads. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Mandarin Pecan Salad in Cooking for 2 Fall 2007, p23

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"Very yummy, but it makes much more dressing than 2 people need for one salad. I also just wire-whisked the dressing together in a bowl; didn't want to clean the blender for so little substance."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"I love this salad, in fact I often crave it. It's sweet and crunchy and the dressing is delicious. It's also easy to make."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2009

"this is a great tasting salad the dressing is wonderful."

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