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Mandarin Pecan Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 333 calories, 26g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 203mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • MarineMom_texas
    Apr 23, 2017

    I prepared this salad recently and we enjoyed it. I chopped the cucumbers instead of slicing them. We thought the dressing just a dab bland so next time I might jazz it up a little. Just our taste. We will have this salad again.

  • keverwann
    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.

  • Patricia Sloup
    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.

  • zidly01
    Jul 17, 2009

    this is a great tasting salad the dressing is wonderful.