March 26th, 2014

Mandarin Salad with Caramelized Almonds

Mandarin Salad with Caramelized Almonds

For years this Mandarin Salad was my favorite- I took it everywhere with me.  Then I met a yummy Spinach Salad and soon forgot all about my mandarin friend.   In fact, after a time, I completely forgot all about it. Recently I came across the recipe- it was like meeting an old friend.  We quickly became reacquainted and now I remember  just how fresh and good it is.  I especially love the sugar-coated almonds.


Mandarin Salad


1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large bunch of romaine, torn
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

Cook almonds and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted and caramelizes onto the nuts.  Cool on a tray and break apart.  Set aside.

Mix romaine with celery, onions, and mandarins.  Toss with Sweet and Sour Dressing.  Sprinkle with almonds just before serving.

Sweet and Sour Dressing:

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
2 dashes of pepper sauce such as Tabasco

Combine and toss with salad as needed (you probably won’t use it all)

Serves 6-8



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