Mom’s Mandarin Orange Salad – Yummy Healthy Easy

Whenever I’m asked to bring a green salad to a get together, I always bring my Mom’s Mandarin Orange Salad! It is sooooo delicious! And after it’s been devoured, I always get asked for the recipe. The thing that’s different about this salad is the homemade DRESSING!

Overhead view of a black plate filled with lettuce, mandarin oranges and toasted almonds.

(This recipe was originally published in May 2012. It has been updated for content and photos.)

Mom’s Mandarin Orange Salad

We grew up eating my Mom’s Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe a lot and I never realized the difference between this dressing and other similar salad dressings. The dressing on this Mandarin Orange Salad is unlike any other I’ve tried and it is so unbelievably easy!

I love how light and fresh it is. This salad takes just a few ingredients and requires fairly minimal preparation time. Perfect addition to a Sunday meal or to bring along to a party.

What goes well with mandarin oranges?

The great thing about mandarin oranges is that they pair well with many things. You can add them to sweet dishes like this 4-Ingredient Cherry Dump Salad or into a savory dish like this Mandarin Orange Salad.

Not to mention adding them to Jello dishes and so many other great things. They have such wonderful flavor and texture.

Dressing being poured over a bowl of lettuce, mandarin oranges and toasted almonds.

How do you make this Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe?

Here’s how easy this salad is to make:

#1 – In a small pan over medium heat, heat almonds and sugar, stirring constantly until almonds are coated and sugar is dissolved.

Watch carefully!! They will burn easily!

Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

These smell amazing, by the way! Set aside to cool and store in an airtight container until ready to mix with salad.

Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

#2 – Mix the ingredients for the dressing. I use a mason jar so that I can shake it all together and store in the refrigerator.

Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

#3 – Chop up your lettuces, celery and green onions.

Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy
Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy
Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

#4 – Throw everything except the dressing, toasted almonds and oranges into a large bowl and mix together.

Just before serving, add almonds and oranges and drizzle with dressing. Toss to coat and serve!

Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think of it! It is definitely a family favorite I make all of the time!

Bowl filled with lettuce mix, and topped with mandarin oranges and toasted almonds.

Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

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Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

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Mom's Mandarin Orange Salad - Yummy Healthy Easy

Mandarin Salad Ingredients

A delicious blend of lettuces, celery, green onions, toasted almonds and mandarin oranges tossed with a delightful homemade (easy) dressing!

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