Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mandarin Salad

(Started this last week and never got it finished because I didn't have a computer for much of last week.)

My MIL has made this salad for years, but this Christmas is the first time I've made it. This salad is very refreshing and different from your usual salad. (Just pretend you see mandarin oranges in this salad. They are in there. I must not have tossed very well.)

Mandarin Salad

1/2 c sliced almonds
3 tbs sugar
1/2 head iceberg lettuce*
1/2 head romaine lettuce*
1/2 c chopped celery
2 green onions, chopped (optional)
1 - 11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained

In a small pan over medium heat cook almonds & sugar, stirring constantly until almonds are coated with dissolved sugar. Sugar will be a light tan syrup. DO NOT BURN! Cool on waxed paper or foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray and store in container in refrigerator.

1/2 tsp salt
dash pepper
1/4 c vegetable or olive oil
1 tbs chopped fresh parsley (or more)
2 tbs sugar (or more)
2 tbs vinegar of choice

Mix together adding oil gradually and beat with a wire wisk.

Mix vegetables together. Add oranges, nuts and dressing just before serving. Toss & enjoy!

*I bought 2 bags of lettuce to save on time and work -- romaine and a blend of lettuce.

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