I have a delicious mandarin orange salad recipe for you today, and it's so good that Leo has already asked me to make it again! This recipe is an old one that I used to make a lot, but I had forgotten about it until I was looking for my lemon cheesecake recipe.
When I ran across it in my old recipe book, I knew that I'd be making it soon and sharing it with you guys because it's that good!
Even though this salad would be good anytime of the year, it's especially wonderful right now because spring onions and fresh lettuces are available.
We just happen to have some growing in our raised beds. These are spring onions that we planted about 6 weeks ago.
Here's some lettuce and herbs growing in another raised bed. They are so easy to grow that I encourage all of you to grow your own lettuce, even if you grow it in a pot. If you use transplants, you'll be harvesting lettuce within 2 weeks! Our lettuce is not quite ready since I just got it planted this week, so I snuck a few leaves from Jim and Jean's raised bed since they planted theirs earlier. (Shh! Don't tell!)
I used fresh mandarin oranges in my salad today because these "Cuties" are so readily available right now. But I've also made this salad with canned mandarin oranges.
To make the salad you will need: iceberg lettuce and another variety of lettuce such as romaine or red lettuce, 2-3 sliced green onions, peeled and segmented mandarin oranges, ¼ cup sliced almonds and ½ cup bacon bits.
What makes this salad so refreshing is the homemade dressing and to make it you will need: ¼ cup vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons sugar (I used Splenda), 2 tablespoons white vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 fresh chopped basil leaves, and a few dashes of hot sauce (I used Texas Pete)
Now, I'll go ahead and fess up. I added more bacon than ½ cup! I fried about 10 strips and crumbled it! Perhaps that's why Leo asked for this salad again!
After I fried my bacon, I peeled those "Cuties." They are so good that I had to eat a few while I was making the salad.
To make the dressing, just combine all the ingredients. Don't leave out the hot sauce or the fresh basil because those 2 ingredients make the dressing SING! You know what I mean! Assemble your salad and wait until just before serving to dress it.
What a flavorful combination of ingredients! Besides, do you know anyone who doesn't like bacon?
I think I could eat this salad everyday! Trust me on this one......you'll love it too!
If you'd like a printable copy of this recipe, click HERE.
Mandarin Orange Salad
Ingredients for the dressing:
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoon sugar or Splenda
- 2 tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 basil leaves (chopped)
- 3 dashes of hot sauce such as Texas Pete
Ingredients for the salad
- ¼ bunch romaine
- 8 pieces bacon
- 3 green onions
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- 10 fresh mandarin oranges ((I use Cuties) segmented)
- ¼ head lettuce (shredded)
Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients.
Assemble the salad and add the dressing immediately before serving.
I have made this salad using canned mandarin oranges and it's still very good. Just drain the oranges before using. You can also use any variety of lettuces in your salad that you like. And if you're in a real time crunch, you can add jarred Real Bacon Bits.