Home > Salads > Mandarin Orange Salad Mandarin Orange Salad May 10, 2020 | 62 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This Mandarin Orange Salad bursts with juicy oranges, crisp apples, sweetened dried cranberries, tangy feta cheese, and easy stovetop candied almonds. Add a simple citrus vinaigrette to finish this delicious salad on a sweet and tangy note. This salad is a holiday classic that pairs perfectly with other side dishes such as Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Brussels Sprouts, and/or a Sweet Potato Casserole! Mandarin Orange Salad This salad is a complete hit whenever I serve it. It’s one of my go-to recipes for entertaining, especially during the holiday season when oranges and apples are in season. We love ripe clementines, but we also make it with canned mandarin oranges; in fact, that’s probably my kid’s favorite way to enjoy it! They inhale mandarin oranges! The citrus vinaigrette is such a refreshing dressing with both fresh orange juice and fresh lemon juice. The zest of the orange and lemon further intensifies the ctirus-y flavors. It’s also a great all-purpose dressing that goes well on pretty much any fruit-filled salad. We’ll usually make a double batch to enjoy throughout the week. QUICK TIP This recipe produces extra candied almonds, ideal for the salad when made in this quantity. Store the leftovers in an airtight container, either in the freezer for up to 2 months or in the pantry for 2-3 weeks. Use them as a snack or as toppings for a yogurt bowl, açaí bowls, or other salads. Ingredients In Mandarin Orange Salad Salad Candied Almonds (Sliced Almonds & Sugar): The almonds are coated with melted sugar, adding a sweet crunch to the salad. Lettuce or Spinach: Forms the base of the salad, offering a fresh and crisp texture. Oranges or Clementines: These add a juicy, sweet tanginess. Apples: They bring sweetness and crunch. Lemon juice can be used on them to keep them from turning brown. Dried Cranberries: Offer a chewy texture and a tangy sweet flavor. Feta Cheese: Adds a creamy and salty taste to your mandarin orange salad. Dressing Olive Oil: Makes the dressing smooth. You’ll want to make sure the olive oil emulsifies with the other ingredients; this can be done easily by shaking everything briskly in a sealed covered jar. Orange & Lemon: Their zest and juice give a fresh citrus taste. Honey: Sweetens the dressing. Dijon Mustard: Adds a mild tang. Poppy Seeds: Add a bit of crunch and nuttiness. How To Make Mandarin Orange Salad Candied Almonds: Cook sliced almonds and sugar in a skillet until the sugar melts and coats the almonds. Spread them out to cool and harden. Salad Base: In a large bowl, add lettuce or spinach, orange segments (peeled or canned), thinly sliced apples (optionally tossed with lemon juice), dried cranberries, and crumbled feta cheese. Dressing: Blend orange and lemon zest and juice, honey, Dijon mustard, and salt. Transfer to a jar, add olive oil and poppy seeds, and shake well.Serve: Just before eating, dress the salad to your taste and add candied almonds. Enjoy your mandarin orange salad immediately. VARIATIONS Variations Add a diced or thinly sliced avocado for extra creaminess, in addition to the cheese. Substitute dried tart cherries for the dried cranberries. Use goat cheese instead of feta cheese in this mandarin orange salad. Replace the candied almonds with candied pecans. Include additional fruit, such as blueberries or blackberries, which would be delicious in this salad. For a vegan option, use plant-based cheese instead of feta in this mandarin orange salad. Pair This Salad With Crock Pot Roast Shepherd’s Pie Sloppy Joes Short Ribs Chicken Stroganoff FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Mandarin Orange Salad 4.98 from 34 votes - Review this recipe This Mandarin Orange Salad has juicy oranges, crisp apples, sweetened dried cranberries, tangy feta cheese, and easy stovetop candied almonds. A simple citrus vinaigrette that is sweet, tangy, and completely refreshing tops everything off. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Mandarin Orange Salad 4.98 from 34 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This Mandarin Orange Salad has juicy oranges, crisp apples, sweetened dried cranberries, tangy feta cheese, and easy stovetop candied almonds. A simple citrus vinaigrette that is sweet, tangy, and completely refreshing tops everything off. Course Salad Cuisine American Keyword Mandarin Orange Salad Prep Time 25 minutes minutes Total Time 25 minutes minutes Servings 4 - 6 as a side Chelsea Lords Calories 1179kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $5.68 IngredientsSalad▢ 1 cup sliced almonds▢ 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar▢ 8 cups (5 oz) mixed green lettuce or fresh spinach▢ 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges (or 3 clementines, peeled and segmented)▢ 2 large apples, thinly sliced (we like Fuji best in this salad)▢ 1 teaspoon lemon juice, optional▢ 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries▢ 3/4 cup crumbled fetaDressing (Note 1)▢ 1/2 cup olive oil▢ 1 large orange (2 teaspoons zest and 4 tablespoons juice)▢ 1 large lemon (1/2 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice)▢ 2 and 1/2 tablespoons honey▢ 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard▢ 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt▢ 2 teaspoons poppy seedsUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsCANDIED ALMONDS: Place the sliced almonds and white sugar in a large skillet and heat to medium, stirring nearly constantly. The sugar will begin to melt and become a sticky liquid and then stick to the almonds. This takes about 3-4 minutes -- watch carefully and stir constantly to avoid burning the nuts. As soon as the sugar turns to liquid, remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring until the nuts are completely coated in the sugar. Spread the candied almonds onto a sheet of parchment paper and let harden. Break apart.SALAD: Add the lettuce to a large bowl or salad platter. Peel and segment oranges (or drain a can of mandarin oranges) and add to the salad. Thinly slice the apples and, if desired, toss with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add to the salad along with the dried cranberries and feta cheese.DRESSING: Combine all of the ingredients together in a blender except for the oil and poppy seeds. Blend until all ingredients are well incorporated and zest has broken down. Transfer dressing to a jar with a lid and add in the olive oil and poppy seeds. Place the cover on the jar and shake until well combined.ENJOY: Right before serving, add the dressing to the salad (add to taste -- you may not need it all) and candied almonds (add as many as you'd like; we typically add about 1/3 cup (See Note 2). Toss and enjoy immediately.STORAGE: This salad doesn't sit well with the dressing, so only dress what will be enjoyed the same day. Store any leftover salad and dressing separately. Almonds and cheese should also be stored separately. Apples will brown if cut in advance. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Dressing: This dressing makes more than you'll likely use for the salad. If you want to make a half recipe (I do this often so nothing goes bad) here it is: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 large orange (1 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice), 1 large lemon (1/4 teaspoon zest and 1 tablespoons juice), 1 and 1/4 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, heaping 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds Note 2: Candied almonds: There will be more almonds than you'll need/want for the salad, but sugaring the almonds works best with this volume. Store leftover almonds in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months or in the pantry for 2-3 weeks. Use leftover almonds as a snack, yogurt bowl topping, acai bowl topping, or salad topping. Nutrition FactsServing: 6as a side | Calories: 1179kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 43g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 1204mg | Potassium: 3365mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 44720IU | Vitamin C: 177mg | Calcium: 906mg | Iron: 16mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.