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Mandarin Almond Salad

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • Just before serving, combine lettuce, oranges, onion and almonds in a large salad bowl. Shake dressing; pour over salad and toss.

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  • lshaw
    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
    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
    Aug 13, 2011

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

  • cwbuff
    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.