Mandarin Almond Salad Recipe -
Mandarin Almond Salad Recipe
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Mandarin Almond Salad

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, oranges and green onions.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons sugar with the almonds in saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir while sugar starts to melt and coat almonds. Stir constantly until almonds are light brown. Turn onto a plate, and cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, one tablespoon sugar, red pepper flakes and black pepper in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Before serving, toss lettuce with salad dressing until coated. Transfer to a decorative serving bowl, and sprinkle with sugared almonds.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 14, 2003

This is a great salad! I have made this twice now for parties, and each time I've been asked for the recipe. I added just a bit of balsamic vinegar to the red wine vinegar for a stronger vinegar flavor. For a party, I prepped everything the night before, put the sugared almonds in a ziplock bag and the dressing in a jar, refrigerated the salad, and then combined everything at the last minute.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 08, 2004

The idea of this salad sounds wonderful. However the dressing was missing something - it was rather flat. I'd like to try it again but with a slightly different dressing. I loved the sugared almonds - I will use that idea again on other salads and desserts!

Mar 12, 2005

I've made this many times with whatever type of lettuce I have on hand (but never iceberg!) and it's always good. Advice on the sugared almonds: Let the sugar start carmelizing just a bit before you add the almonds. Adding the nuts too early can make them toast too brown before the sugar carmelizes. Adding the nuts too late will mean the sugar browns before the nuts get toasted. You'll have to experiment a little to get this just right, but it's worth it! I've use chopped walnuts, too. Very delicious! My guests loved it, too.

Aug 29, 2002

Almonds were a nice touch. Didn't care for the dressing, though.

Nov 08, 2002

Delicious and easy. To save a step, I used the pre-packaged honey roasted slivered almonds available at most supermarkets. My Mother usually will not eat salad w/nuts and fruit but as soon as she tasted this, she asked for the recipe! She makes it more often than I do now.

Oct 14, 2005

This recipe is very similar to one my grandma used to make. I sometimes use a mixture of romaine and spinach. In my dressing, I also like to use a bit of lemon or lime juice along with the vinegar to give it a bit more zing. If I don't have any red pepper flakes, I use a dash of tabasco sauce, or some paprika and chili powder. And I always wait until I'm ready to serve to pour the dressing on!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Sep 05, 2003

Instead of Romaine, I filled up a large bowl w/ torn red and green leaf lettuce. The salad was gorgeous and we loved it! I'll be making it again for company.

Feb 26, 2007

My family and I loved this! I didn't change a thing - loved the heat that the red pepper flakes add to the dressing. Excellent! I'll definitely be making this one a lot. Next time I'll try adding strawberries too. Good "company" salad :o) Many thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 16.7 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 12 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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