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Three-Step Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

IF YOU don't try this refreshing salad, you have missed the best! The crisp greens and bright oranges make it colorful, and the sweet caramelized almonds create a unique crunch. This salad is a special treat for family and company. -Les Cunningham, San Diego, California

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir almonds and sugar until almonds are coated and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Spread the almonds on heavy-duty foil to cool; gently bread apart.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine romaine, oranges, celery and onions. Top with almonds. In a jar with tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Pour over the salad and toss gently.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 220 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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