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Berry-Mandarin Tossed Salad

"The recipe for this beautiful blend came from a local berry farm some years ago," notes Linda Jo Wahlgren of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. "We like to take the sweet and savory salad on picnics to accompany cold chicken and a loaf of crusty bread."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 8 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange, drained
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced into rings
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • In a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes; stir until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in oil. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • In a salad bowl, combine the greens, strawberries, oranges, onion, almonds and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss to coat.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 125 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • vewebber58
    Apr 16, 2017

    A real winner.....absolutely delicious just as written. Love the strawberries in it, they add wonderful flavor and make it look so pretty.

  • lholzwarth2004
    Mar 12, 2015

    This recipe is absolutely perfect as written. I brought this to our after golf group meal twice and it has been a home run each time!

  • glshee
    Feb 21, 2015

    Have made this for many occasions and it is a hit every time.

  • mbdumee
    Dec 26, 2014

    I did not use the berries either, as they are not in season. Instead, I just added extra mandarin oranges. Everyone loved this salad (including the 4 men at the table)!

  • dsm
    Apr 29, 2014

    I prefer simple, homemade salad dressings rather than bottled ones. This is a keeper!

  • MommyCheryl
    Nov 29, 2013

    Wonderful salad. My sister in law used to call it "lick the bowl salad". Just don't add the dressing until you are ready to eat it.

  • LLTMcGowan
    Jul 4, 2012

    I have been making this salad for several years and always get rave reviews and requests for the recipe. I prep everything the night before but I don't combine the dressing, berries or mandarins with the other ingredients until right before serving. Instead of mixed greens I just use a package (3) of Romaine hearts.

  • cklayum
    Dec 30, 2010

    Good, takes a long time for dressing to cool; makes ALOT

  • howdu
    Dec 15, 2010

    I have made this recipe many times. I'm always asked for the recipe, so many times that I keep a copy on my computer ready to print out. My tweaks: For the dressing, I use only 1 Tablespoon honey; omit the grated onion; omit the celery seed. I add poppy seeds and sesame seeds, probably 1/4 tsp each, maybe a little more. For the salad, I omit the onion, bacon, and plain almonds. I add either candied almonds or candied pecans pre-made from the grocery store. Delish!

  • tlgbubbles
    Feb 14, 2010

    Outstanding recipe! We made it without the strawberries, since they were out of season and the salad was a HUGE hit with friends. We ate all of it a dinner and I ended up making more the next day for my husband and I to enjoy! A++