Enjoy the flavors of the season with this Mandarin Tossed Salad. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can throw together a delicious salad and try something new–even on a weeknight!
This is one of those recipes that I probably should have shared well before now. It’s funny though, because I rarely make it but it’s SO good. So good in fact, that my mom has made it several times over the years and will often ask me about “the mandarin salad she makes”. But to be truthful, I didn’t always remember what she was talking about. I have no idea because I now know I should have been making this regularly for my whole family too! It is a big hit and really so SO easy to put together. It’s a nice twist from the usual garden salad and the flavors of the dressing are slightly sweet but just enough tangy to make it interesting. Most recipes I have seen called for canned mandarin oranges but since they are in season now and we almost always seem to have them on hand this time of year (my kids LOVE to take them in their lunches!), I decided to just peel a few of the baby oranges and add them to this salad. Wow! They worked great and I’m pretty sure I’ll avoid the canned oranges from now on!
Salads are something that a lot of people think about in the summer because they are great to have during the warmer weather, but did you know that in my part of Texas, lettuce is in season in the winter? It’s available year round in most parts of the country (at the grocery store) but when we go to the farmers market, the winter time is when we’ll find fresh cut lettuce. That’s why I think this salad is perfect for this time of year because not only can salad be enjoyed year round as part of a healthy diet, but they also feature seasonal ingredients. I hope you’ll give this one a try!
- 6-8 cups leaf lettuce of your choice (we like romaine, green leaf, spring mix, etc.)
- 1 cup sliced celery
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 2-3 mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned (brand names are Cuties, Halos, etc.)
- ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup tarragon wine vinegar
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Cholula sauce)
- In a large bowl, combine lettuce through oranges and toss to combine. Portion out to each serving.
- Top with toasted almonds on each plate/serving.
- Drizzle dressing over each plate. You may also drizzle all the dressing on the lettuce mixture but I like for each person to be able to serve their own dressing as some like it more than others.
- Serve immediately.
Today I’m joining up with my Sunday Supper friends again. Be sure to check out all the links to these fabulous salads! Don’t they sound delicious?
#SundaySupper Winter Salads
- Amish Ham Salad from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Arugula, Butternut & White Bean Salad with Maple Vinaigrette from Pook’s Pantry
- Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette from Cooking Chat
- Beet Terrine from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Blood Orange and Salmon Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Blood Orange, Beet, and Apple Salad with Goat Cheese and Citrus Honey Vinaigrette from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Blue Cheese and Pear Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Breakfast Salad from Our Good Life
- Brussels Sprouts Salad with White Bean Dressing and Pecan Crisps from Beauty and the Beets
- Chill Chasing Matchstick Vegetable Pasta Salad from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chopped Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables and Bacon from MyGourmetConnection
- Citrus Salad from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Cobb Salad from Palatable Pastime
- Colorful Veggie Filled Quinoa with a Ginger-Lemon Dressing from Positively Stacy
- Crunchy Beet & Arugula Salad from The Crumby Cupcake
- Escarole and Roasted Broccoli Salad with Anchovy Dressing from The Texan New Yorker
- Farro Salad with Roasted Squash, Radicchio and Lemon-Tahini Dressing from Caroline’s Cooking
- Grilled Chicken Salad from Real Food Real Deals
- Hot German Hot Noodle Salad from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Kale Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing from My Life Cookbook
- Lemony Couscous Lentil Salad from Magnolia Days
- Low-Carb Spinach Breakfast Salad from Life Tastes Good
- Mandarin Tossed Salad from Meal Planning Magic
- Orange and Walnut Baby Spinach Salad w/ Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette from The Freshman Cook
- Quinoa Salad with Apples, Pecans and Dried Cranberries from The Chef Next Door
- Radicchio Pear Walnut Salad from The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Roasted Butternut Squash Pearl Couscous Salad from Mysavoryspoon
- Roasted Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Spicy Bacon Dressing from Food Lust People Love
- Roasted Squash and Cabbage Salad with Crispy Chick Peas from Monica’s Table
- Shredded Beet Salad from Wholistic Woman
- Simple Arugula, Fennel and Leek Salad with Citrus from Simply Healthy Family
- Simple Spinach Cobb Salad With Lardons from And She Cooks
- Spinach Citrus Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette from From Gate to Plate
- Warm Balsamic Steak Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing from Momma’s Meals
- Warm Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese from Nik Snacks
- Warm Cauliflower Spinach Salad with Pancetta from Taste and See
- Warm Potato and Broccoli Buffalo Salad from Sweet Mornings
- Warm Potato Salad with Arugula, Bacon and Brown Butter from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Warm Steak Tomato and Mozzarella Salad from Family Foodie
- Wilted Lettuce Salad from Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Winter BLT Panzanella Salad from Hardly a Goddess
- Winter Citrus and Endive Salad from An Appealing Plan
- Winter Fruit Salad from Pies and Plots
- Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad from Moore or Less Cooking
- Winter Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Winter Salad with Fennel, Apple, Goat Cheese and Radishes from Delaware Girl Eats
- Winter Squash Quinoa Salad from Kitchen Gidget
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Wild Rice Salad plus more Winter Salad Recipes #SundaySupper from Sunday Supper Movement
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February 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm