March 16, 2022

Mandarin Orange Salad

Alright - this is my "go-to" salad, and it's an old school betty crocker recipe - black and white pictures in the cookbook and everything! Mike loves this one because of the candied almonds and mandarin oranges - every time I make it I think it changes just a touch, but those two ingredients remain the same. We had this for dinner last night without adding any additional protein, give it a try!

Ingredients for the salad:
Your preferred lettuce - I use dark greens or spinach
1 (15 ounce) can of mandarin oranges
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
Scant 3/4 cup of sugar (which means a little less than)
4 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons of cilantro, minced

In a small saucepan heat the sugar and the almonds on medium to medium low heat. You want to mix it around often, but not too often - haha! You want the sugar to get hot and turn a caramel color covering the almonds. When it's completely dark and you can no longer identify the granules of sugar pour out onto a piece of tin foil and let it cool. That's the most difficult part right there and it just so happens to be the best part!

Ingredients for the dressing:
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of vinegar
2 tablespoons of sugar
Pinch of salt and pepper
A few dashes of tobasco sauce

Assemble the salad how you would like - add chicken or strawberries, omit an ingredient - whatever, make it yours and serve!



Blog is the New Black said... [Reply to comment]

Simple and delicious!

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