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Ready-To-Serve Salad

A good friend and neighbor brought over this colorful blend after I returned from a hospital stay. A fast dressing adds refreshing flavor to a unique combination of ingredients that gets a head start from packaged salad and canned mandarin oranges.—Gaylene Anderson, Sandy, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) ready-to-serve salad
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, optional
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a large salad bowl, toss the first six ingredients. Combine the remaining ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 297 calories, 25g fat (4g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • lcrement
    Oct 29, 2016

    Every time I serve this salad, people are stunned at how unexpectedly delicious it is. I add fresh mushrooms and a few grape tomato halves for color.

  • tcavman15
    Aug 7, 2015

    I love this salad. Lots of flavors and textures. Nice, simple dressing. I sliced the red onions paper-thin on a mandolin and that was perfect. At first I thought 8 slices of bacon would be too much, but that was perfect too. One could reduce it to 6 slices if they wanted to shave off calories. Serve with a nice bread and it's a complete meal. Too bad leftovers don't stand up the next day (sad face). I'll make a half recipe next time since I cook for 3 now.

  • sduval
    Nov 14, 2012

    Any salad with bacon added is great! This salad has been a quick go to favorite for several years. You get the crunch fom the bacon and nuts and the cool and sweetness from the oranges. I use canola or olive oil which lowers the fat content of the nutrients value.

  • hbaseley
    Dec 20, 2009

    This recipe has become a family favorite. So easy to toss together and has outstanding flavor.