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Mandarin Orange Salad And 4 Ingredient Mandarin Orange Dressing

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This Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe includes a delicious 4 Ingredient Mandarin Orange Dressing that whips up in a couple of minutes.

Mandarin Orange Salad and dressing recipe

My Mandarin Orange Salad rest on a bed of iceberg lettuce. I like to crisp the lettuce so my salads have that crunch we like to bite into.

If you have enjoyed salads in restaurants with lots of yummy ingredients like mandarin oranges, you already know about the flavor explosion.

Is there really such a thing as ‘salad season’? We enjoy salads year round in our home but for some reason we get more excited about them in the spring and summer. Is it like that at your house too?

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How To Crisp Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is easy to crisp and crispy lettuce makes the best salads.

Begin by removing the lettuce core. Give the core a good pound onto the kitchen counter and it will pop loose. Pull out the core and tear the lettuce into two large pieces. Now run cold water through the lettuce leaves and place them into a large colander in the sink to drain for a few minutes.

Top the lettuce with lots of ice. Allow the lettuce to crisp for about 30 minutes. Drain the lettuce on paper toweling that you have spread out onto the counter. Use more paper towels to pat dry the top of the lettuce and it is ready for your salad recipe.

This is a very simple salad with only a few easy ingredients. The best part is that you can tweak the recipe to suit your families tastes. See the list of optional ingredients you can add to a Mandarin Salad.

Mandarin Orange Salad Ingredients

  • Iceberg lettuce 
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1/ 2 cup Craisins 
  • 1 Boiled egg
  • 1 small can (10 oz.) Mandarin Oranges, drained

Be sure to drain the juice from the can of mandarin oranges. You will need 1 Tbsp. for the dressing recipe. This is a make ahead recipe. You will want the flavors to marinade for several hours prior to serving.

Mandarin Salad Dressing Ingredients

I took a dressing recipe we use all the time and adapted it to add a hint of mandarin orange flavor. The flavor outcome was exactly what I’d hoped for.

Only 4 ingredients in this Mandarin Orange Dressing recipe.

  • 1 Tbsp of Mandarin Orange Juice you drained from the can of Mandarin oranges
  • 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Mayonnaise

Directions

Step 1

Rinse the lettuce in a colander, drain and dry on paper toweling. Line paper toweling on the counter and spread out the lettuce. Take more paper towels and pat the lettuce dry.

Step 2

Rinse the tomatoes, dry and cut into bite size pieces

Step 3

Chop the hard boiled egg white. Adding the crushed boiled yolk to your salad is optional

Step 4

Add the lettuce to a large bowl, tearing into bite size pieces as you add it.

Step 5

Now add all of the remaining ingredients and toss well to blend.

How To Make Mandarin Orange Dressing

Add all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl or large measuring cup and stir using a small whisk until completely blended.

Store the dressing covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Optional Ingredients for Mandarin Orange Salad

Mandarin Orange Salad & Mandarin Orange Dressing

Mandarin Orange Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 head of Iceberg lettuce
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Craisins
  • 1 hard boiled egg whites, chopped
  • 1 can of Mandarin oranges, drained (reserve the juice)

Mandarin Orange Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Mandarin orange Juice (from drained can)
  • 3 Tbsp Apple Cider vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Rinse the lettuce in a colander, drain and dry on paper toweling. Line paper toweling on the counter and spread out the lettuce. Take more paper towels and pat the lettuce dry.
  2. Rinse the tomatoes, dry and cut into bite size pieces
  3. Chop the hard boiled egg white. Adding the crushed boiled yolk to your salad is optional
  4. Add the lettuce to a large bowl, tearing into bite size pieces as you add it.
  5. Now add all of the remaining ingredients and toss well to blend.

Dressing Instructions


Add all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl or large measuring cup and stir using a small whisk until completely blended.

Store the dressing covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

I like to make this dressing in a measuring cup because it has a spout to pour.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 411Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 46mgSodium 280mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 3gSugar 34gProtein 3g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and get a chance to be featured!

  2. This salad looks so colourful and healthy. Even though we are going into Autumn where I live it is still in the 30sC so we are still eating salad. Thanks for sharing with us at #Overthemoon link up and hope to see you next week.

  3. Yum! Now that’s my kind of salad. I love mandarin oranges, they add such a nice burst of flavor. This is perfect for the coming warmer months.

  4. My family is like yours, we love salad all year long. This salad is particularly tempting with the mandarin oranges. I think I will add it to our menu!

  5. It looks delish! I love simple salads and often bought mandarin oranges to top them just like the restaurants do. I always have this lettuce on hand just incase – I have two heads in the fridge right now. Our 5 year old could probably eat the whole two in one setting.

  6. I really love salads and mandarin oranges! My toddler loves mandarin oranges too so I think this is a salad he might actually eat! 🙂

  7. I enjoy cold salads much more during the spring and summer. During the winter, I usually turn to sautéed veggie salads. Your mandarin salad looks so yummy, crisp and bright – the perfect salad to welcome spring.

  8. I love mandarin oranges, tomatoes, craisins, boiled eggs…well pretty much everything in this salad but lettuce. Can’t have a salad without lettuce though! Nice idea for a simple salad to put together. I think I’ll make myself one…yes with the lettuce!

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