Mandarin Salad Recipe

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"You can keep the oranges and french-fried onions in your pantry to prepare this refreshingly different salad when unexpected company shows up at the door," comments Elsie Maurillo, Atkinson, New Hampshire. "It goes equally well with beef, pork or poultry or fish."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 10 cups torn salad greens
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 166 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 145 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Drain oranges, reserving 2 tablespoons juice (discard remaining juice or refrigerate for another use). In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and reserved juice until smooth. In a large bowl, toss the greens, oranges and onions. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Mandarin Salad in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p8

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"What an excellent salad...I can see using this as a potluck side dish...thinking it would make a great refreshing summer salad...just prepare the mayo dressing and put everything in the frig and mix together before serving...I cut this down to 2 servings and ate the whole thing for my lunch...made for "Best of 2015" tag game..."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"An all-time favorite salad for its simplicity, brightness of flavor & mixed textures. I used mixed greens. Such an easy-fix, but company-worthy too. 1 of the few recipes I don't mind making at the last moment. Would prefer more juice & less mayo in the dressing. :-)"

Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"Very simple and refreshing! I used spring greens. I will cut the greens in half the next time I make, as this salad does not keep will for leftovers."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"Hard to believe this simple recipe is so very good. Loved it! Will make many times this spring and summer. Thank You!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"This salad was delicious! The recipe calls for 10 c. torn salad greens & was afraid I didn't have enough lettuce on hand, so I used 1 bag of pre-washed salad & large chunk off a head of lettuce. This is a keeper in my recipe box. We had a small bowl leftover & it was even delicious the next day."

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