Sweet Mandarin Salad

Sweet Mandarin Salad
I'm not sure about where you live, but here in Texas we're starting to get a taste of warmer weather.  When the temperature starts soaring, my mind goes to "cool" eating. One of our favorite warm weather salads is this Sweet Mandarin Salad. It is the perfect pairing for grilled meats and is a great salad to take to a party.
sweet mandarin salad ingredients
Here's what you need for both the salad and the dressing: romaine lettuce, bacon bits, sliced almonds, green onions, 1 sm. can mandarin oranges, olive oil, sugar, Tabasco sauce, cider vinegar, and salt.

Sweet Mandarin Salad

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
2 Tbsp. sugar
Dash of Tabasco sauce
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar ( I used Apple Cider Vinegar)
1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 head iceberg lettuce
1/4 head romaine lettuce ( I used about 2 romaine hearts instead of the 2 lettuces)
1/4 cup bacon bits or crumbled bacon
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 green onions sliced
1 can mandarin oranges (drained)

Combine dressing ingredients first and allow to chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Assemble the salad and wait to pour the dressing over until just before serving. Toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately.
We enjoyed this salad last week with the Tangy Oven BBQ Chicken and a simple pasta. It really is a favorite in this house. The first time I had it at a church potluck, I knew I had to have the recipe.  It always puts a smile on my face. Are there any must-have potluck recipes that you have continued to make over the years? I'd love to hear what they are!
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  1. I just ate some Asian salad with Mandarin oranges for lunch! YUM!

  2. Sounds perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Healthy and good taste in a summer day.

  4. Nici, this looks awesome! Pinned and shared on Google+ today :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

    With A Blast

  5. I like the sweet and spicy contrasts in this salad.

  6. Hi Nici,
    We will just love this salad. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. This looks just perfect, I love mandarin oranges in salad! Plus I'm always hunting for simple homemade salad dressings and yours sounds so interesting with the tabasco dash, thanks,

  8. I know I'd love this pretty salad! Happy Mother's Day Nici-enjoy:@)

  9. Not only beautiful to look at but looks like delicious to eat.

    Happy to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Just looking at the picture and reading the ingredients made me want to fix this salad and enjoy it tonight. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. Pinned!

  11. How yummy! I'll be featuring this when I guest-host Saturday Dishes this week!

    - Marissa @ lifeisfantasmic.blogspot.com


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