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    Mandarin Orange Salad

    Published March 12, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Delicious Mandarin Orange Salad that is incredibly easy to make and loaded up with vegetables, almonds, and herbs and served with a simple sweet red wine vinaigrette.

    This is such a delicious salad with so many fun flavors, that it will definitely be the talk at the table the next time you serve it up.  From the sweet vinaigrette to the mandarin oranges, this is so good till every last bite.

    Mandarin orange salad in a bowl with herbs and chicken

    If you’re looking for more fun salad recipes be sure to check out my Green Goddess Salad or my Nicoise Salad

    Mandarin Orange Salad

    It’s a tasty greens salad with a slight Asian flair to it.  It contains mandarin oranges which are smaller sweeter oranges that go excellent in salads or eaten right out of the cup.  Here are the other ingredients:

    • Red Leaf Lettuce
    • Romaine
    • Celery
    • Green Onions
    • Almond
    • Peanuts
    • Mint
    • Basil

    What makes this salad over the top is the mandarin oranges.  They are so unique in flavor and really up the overall culinary acumen of this recipe.  One thing that always frustrates me is when I don’t always use all of the mandarins from the can.  I forget about them in the fridge because they are in a blurry container that I cannot see through so I end up throwing them away.

    bowl of greens with oranges and nuts

    What to Pair With Mandarin Oranges

    There are so many things that go well and here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:

    • Almonds
    • Apples
    • Basil
    • Mint
    • Chocolate
    • Honey
    • Brown Sugar
    • Pork
    • Pumpkin
    • Green Onions
    • Oats
    • Vanilla
    • Vinegar

    Get creative and find new ways to use mandarin oranges in your everyday cooking.

    How to Make

    Follow these quick instructions to make the salad:

    Prepare your vegetables by cutting and slicing.

    slicing vegetables on a cutting board

    Add your greens to a large serving bowl.

    adding greens to a large bowl

    Place on your toppings to the salad and serve alongside the vinaigrette.

    adding dressing to a mandarin orange salad

    The Salad Dressing

    The vinaigrette for this mandarin orange salad is so easy to make and has such awesome flavor that I’m convinced it would go awesome on just about any salad out there.  It contains:

    • Oil
    • Red Wine Vinegar
    • Sugar
    • Salt and Pepper
    • Chopped Parsley

    Mandarin Orange Salad With Chicken

    If you are wanting to add some protein to this salad, just like I did, you can absolutely do it.  Simply follow my perfectly cooked chicken breast recipe, chop it up, and add it right in.

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  Be sure to store the salad separately from the dressing.

    Make-Ahead: you can make this recipe up to 1 day ahead of time.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • Customize the salad and any additional vegetables you would like to it.
    • Feel free to add in different green lettuces such as spring mix, baby spinach, or kale to it.
    greens salad with almonds and chicken in a bowl

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    Let's Cook - Chef Billy Parisi

    Mandarin Orange Salad

    5 from 1 vote
    Delicious Mandarin Orange Salad that is easy to make and loaded up with vegetables, almonds and herbs and served with a simple sweet red wine vinaigrette.
    Servings: 6
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes

    Ingredients 

    For the Dressing:

    • 1/3 cup oil
    • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • sea salt and pepper to taste

    For the Salad:

    • 1 head of cut red leaf lettuce
    • 1 head of cut romaine lettuce
    • 3 thinly sliced stalks of celery
    • 1 thinly sliced bunch of green onions
    • 2 7-9 ounce cooked chicken breasts and cut into ½” size pieces
    • ¼ cup peanuts
    • ¼ cup sliced almonds
    • 1 cup Dole Fridge Pack Mandarin Oranges
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
    • sea salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Dressing: Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk vigorously until emulsified. Set aside until ready to use.
    • Salad: Add all of the ingredients to a large serving bowl and toss with some of the vinaigrette until combined and serve.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Be sure to store the salad separate from the dressing.
    • Make-Ahead: you can make this recipe up to 1 day ahead of time.
    • Customize the salad and any additional vegetables you would like to it.
    • Feel free to add in different green lettuces such as spring mix, baby spinach or kale to it.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 12gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 362mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 872IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American, Asian