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The BEST Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette recipe is so good, you’re going to want rolls on hand to sop up every drop of the yummy dressing. You can’t go wrong with this easy salad recipe! 

If you’re looking for more ideas on salad recipes, Homemade Honey French Salad Dressing and Rustic Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes will give you some new ideas to try.  

Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette on a blue and white plate
Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

The combination of simple ingredients like leafy green lettuce, red onion, toasted pecans, and mandarin oranges tossed with raspberry vinaigrette will make your taste buds sing. This delicious salad makes a great side dish or complete meal when protein is added.

When we add more greens to our diet, we all know it’s better for us. Salads are an easy way to make sure you get them daily. You just have to find the recipes you love – and I think this is one of them.  

The original recipe came from the Big Book of Home Cooking from Gooseberry Patch. I modified the recipe a bit to make it even more flavorful.

“A well-made salad must have a certain uniformity; it should make perfect sense for those ingredients to share a bowl.”

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Interesting Facts About Mandarin Oranges

Fresh Mandarin Oranges in a Wood Bowl
Fresh Juicy Mandarin Oranges

According to Justfunfacts.com, sweet mandarin oranges were strictly reserved for the privileged class in the Far East. These oranges were named after the orange robes worn by the Mandarins. They were the public officials of the ancient Chinese court.

Here’s the Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe:

Salad Ingredients

4 cups green leaf lettuce, chopped 

15 oz can mandarin oranges, drained 

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans or walnuts 

1/2 red onion, chopped 

1/3 cup raspberry vinegar 

1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam

1 teaspoon ground coriander 

1/2 teaspoon salt or liquid aminos 

1/4 teaspoon pepper 

3/4 cup olive oil 

Directions for Making Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

1) Combine chopped lettuce, mandarin oranges, toasted pecan pieces, and red onion in a large bowl. 

2) Add the raspberry vinegar, raspberry jam, coriander, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend. Then slowly pour in the olive oil on low speed until blended.  

3) Toss the salad with the desired amount of salad dressing and serve. 

Tips for making this salad

  • You can substitute the raspberry vinegar for another vinegar, but it won’t have the same taste. It’s worth the effort to have a bottle of raspberry vinegar on hand.
  • Liquid aminos or coconut aminos are a great substitute for salt. I use it to replace salt in all my liquid recipes.
  • You can substitute red onions for green onions in this mandarin salad.
  • Add roasted chicken breast to make this delicious salad a full meal.
  • For more protein, add your favorite cheese. Goat cheese works well with this salad.
  • Baby spinach can be substituted for the salad greens to make an amazing spinach salad.
  • Poppy seeds are another fun addition to the salad dressing.
  • Top with candied almonds or sunflower seeds for even more flavor.
  • You can also shake the salad dressing ingredients together in a Mason jar instead of the blender.

How to Toast Pecans in the Oven

Toasting nuts for your salad is worth the extra time it takes. It brings out a rich flavor that adds so much to salads.

Simply toast your pecans at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Keep your eye on them because they burn easily.

How long will Raspberry Vinaigrette last in the refrigerator?

When stored properly in a small bowl, the dressing ingredients will last 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Pin for Pinterest - top photo Mandarin oranges in a bowl and bottom photo Mandarin Orange Salad
Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

That brings us to the end of the mandarin orange salad recipe. As you can see, it’s pretty easy.

Let me know in the comments below if you tried the recipe and what you thought. I think it will become of your favorite green salads. It has a great combination of flavors.

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Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette on a blue and white plate
Yield: 6 servings

Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Mandarin Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette is so good, you're going to want to make rolls to serve with it so you can sop up every drop of dressing.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 15 oz can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or liquid aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine chopped lettuce, Mandarin oranges, toasted pecan pieces, and chopped red onion in a large bowl.
  2. Add the raspberry vinegar, raspberry jam, coriander, salt, and pepper to a blender and mix together. Then slowly drizzle in the olive oil on low speed until blended.
  3. Toss the salad with the desired amount of salad dressing and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 387Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 0mgSodium 247mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 3gSugar 15gProtein 2g

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Kathleen

Monday 8th of May 2017

This is one awesome salad, my family loved it! So simple & so tasty! I could just drink the dressing on its own, that is how good this recipe is. Thank you!

Kelly

Monday 8th of May 2017

Hi Kathleen! I'm so glad you loved it - I love it when you get a salad with a great combination. Thanks for commenting! Kelly

Kaitlin Garrison

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

YUMMY! This looks absolutely delicious! My husband has HATED oranges for years, and just yesterday he tried a "golden orange" and is in love with them. Perhaps I can modify this and add those golden oranges! Thanks for sharing! This sounds amazing!

Kelly

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

Hi Kaitlin! Thank you for commenting. You'll love this salad! Kelly

ESther | Chosen & Cherished

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

This looks lite and delicious! Pinning for later!

Kelly

Monday 1st of May 2017

Thank you so much Esther! It is delicious! Kelly

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