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Mandarin Salad

"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


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


  • 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.

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  • TeresaS2
    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...

  • twissis
    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. :-)

  • beeman42
    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.

  • typers
    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!

  • puppypal81
    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.

  • tlweber
    Jan 28, 2010

    This salad is super simple, light and refreshing.The onions on top give it a nice crunch.

  • tlweber
    Jan 28, 2010

    This salad is super simple, light and refreshing.The onions give is a nice crunch.