Mandarin Orange and Candied Almond Salad

I love eating salads but I don't love making them. I don't know what it is but if someone else makes a salad, it's amazing. If I make a salad, it's just meh. Not sure why that is and I know I'm not the only one who thinks this way. Thankfully, this Mandarin Orange and Candied Almond Salad is so easy to pull together and requires minimal cooking that it doesn't fall subject to this rule.

I prefer crispier types of lettuce like iceberg, yes in this salad iceberg works very well, or butter lettuce. Romaine would work but it's not my favorite for this recipe. When I'm in a hurry or just being lazy I buy a couple of bags of butter lettuce-radicchio mix.

Like so many of my go-to recipes, this one was handed down through family members so its origin is unknown to me. I use this recipe as a guide not an absolute. For example, most of my friends love the candied almonds so I often double the amount. I like the crispness of celery so I add an extra rib or two. And when I'm making it for myself I reduce the amount of dressing.

As I said, everyone loves the candied almonds. They're easy to make and best made in a nonstick pan. You need to keep you eye on them because once the sugar starts melting it can quickly start to burn. I keep stirring to prevent this from happening.

This salad is a definite crowd pleaser and a great one to take to a potluck. I've been asked for the recipe several times and am happy that so many people like it.

In the summer I like to make this salad a meal by adding some grilled chicken or steak with some grilled toasts on the side.


  1. I love this salad! It is so easy to make and it always a hit at parties.

  2. I LOVE this salad. It is so easy to make and is always a hit at dinners and parties.


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