A wonderful combination of sweet, crunchy and tang. I had a nice head of fresh red leaf lettuce which I tore into bite size pieces. I reduced the amount of olive oil called for. I used real dijon mustard instead of dry mustard, omitted the green onions due to personal preference. I adjusted the salad dressing while blending to my tastes, adding only a pinch of ground paprika, then chilled it before serving. I also took the 3/4 cup of slivered almonds and lightly toasted them in a pan with a little white sugar to give it a sweet carmelized crunch. The carmelized almonds added even more of a touch to the salad. I took a few strips of turkey bacon, instead of regular, baked it, cooled, crumbled over the salad. This gave it a light salty balance to the sweetness and tang already in the dressing. I chilled the mandarin oranges in the refrigerator as well. Right before dinner, I threw everything together and then poured the dressing lightly over everything. I really enjoyed this light and refreshing salad and is deserving of 5 stars in my book. I also like how I can adjust the dressing to my tastes if needed. You can even add a grilled chicken to the salad making it a meal.
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A wonderful combination of sweet, crunchy and tang. I had a nice head of fresh red leaf...