Mandarin Orange Salad (One Bowl)

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Quick and easy Mandarin orange salad recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 10 minutes. Full of orange dressing, spinach, arugula, dried cranberries, poppy seeds.

This is the most refreshing summer salad! The bright, juicy, oranges bursting with color and flavor make it a striking addition to any table. If salads are high on your list of loves, then try this Best Summer Salad (One Bowl) or this Easy Pear Salad (One Bowl) this season as well.

How To Make Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Make dressing– Whisk together orange juice concentrate, oil, zest, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, salt, pepper until smooth.
  2. Toss it– Add the spring greens, oranges, cranberries.
  3. Enjoy!– Serve immediately.

What To Serve With Classic Mandarin Salad?

When I think summer salad, I think of cookouts and picnics which leads me to think of grilling. This salad is the perfect accompaniment to anything grilledGrilled Chicken Breast (One Pan), grilled pork chops, steak, fish, burgers, brats, hot dogs, or sausages are all delicious choices.

It also pairs well with meats such as Instant Pot Shredded Beef Chinese Jalapeno Chicken (One Pot), Instant Pot Whole Chicken, or Mexican Shredded Chicken (One Pot).

Keep it vegetarian by serving it with Vegetarian Quesadillas (One Pan)Instant Pot Vegetable Pasta or Creamy Avocado Pasta (One Pot)

Sandwiches are a great pairing as well. Serve this salad with Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich or Instant Pot Sloppy Joes, Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (One Pan), or Ham and Cheese Sliders (One Pan).

Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing (Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing)

Whisk together the following ingredients. Store them in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or use immediately.

  • 1/4 cup Frozen orange juice concentrate Can replace with fresh orange juice but the flavor of frozen concentrate is much stronger
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Orange zest
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice Preferably freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste

Variations For Spinach Orange Salad

Mandarin Chicken Salad– Add leftover or rotisserie chicken to this salad for a heartier version.

Try other greens– Such as Kale, butter lettuce, or a combination of many.

Add nuts– Such as pine nuts, cashews, pecans, almonds, or walnuts. Make sure that they are toasted or even candied for better flavor.

Try other dried fruits– Such as dried cherries, raisins, blueberries, apricots, or mango.

Add grapes– For additional sweetness.

Add grapefruit– The tart flavor will balance the sweet oranges beautifully.

Add cheese toppings– Such as gorgonzola, goat, or fresh parmesan cheese.

Add bacon– For a salty, smoky contrast to the sweet fruit.

Add other veggies– Like finely diced celery, cucumber, or even onions.

Add other zests– Such as lemon, lime, or grapefruit.

Tips And Techniques

Fresh mandarin oranges vs. canned mandarin oranges- Either can be used for this recipe. Canned is convenient and readily available.

Poppy seeds can be omitted– If you are not fond of them, just leave them out.

Drain the canned mandarin oranges– So that the salad does not become a soggy mess.

Use high quality olive oil– This makes all the difference in the flavor of the salad dressing!

Fresh orange juice vs. orange juice concentrate– I recommend using the concentrate because it has a much stronger flavor, but either can be used.

Use fresh lemon juice– The fresh flavor can not be matched! Use fresh lemon juice if possible.

Serve immediately– Once the dressing has been mixed into the salad, it must be served immediately for best flavor and texture.

Adjust sweetness– Add more or less honey based on your personal preference.

Honey substitute– You can use maple syrup, agave syrup, molasses. Please note that the sweetener choice will alter the overall flavor of the dressing.

Storage

Refrigerate– This salad tastes best when served immediately. Leftovers cannot be stored for later because the salad will become soggy. However, you can store the salad and dressing separately for 2 days in the fridge and mix right before serving.

Freeze– Salad can not be frozen due to the high water content, It will become wilted and soggy. You can freeze the salad dressing in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months, if you like. Then just thaw to room temperature to serve.

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Easy Mandarin Orange Salad in Glass Bowl on White Background
Easy Mandarin Orange Salad in Glass Bowl on White Background
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One Pot Mandarin Orange Salad

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Quick and easy Mandarin orange salad recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 10 minutes. Full of orange dressing, spinach, arugula, dried cranberries, poppy seeds.

Servings: 6 People
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade salad, salad with fruits
Calories: 76 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

Orange Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Frozen orange juice concentrate Can replace with fresh orange juice but the flavor of frozen concentrate is much stronger
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Orange zest
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice Preferably freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
Salad
  • 6 cups Spring greens  Combination of spinach, lettuce, arugula
  • 1 can Mandarin oranges 11 oz. can, Drained
  • 1/3 cup Dried cranberries Trader Joes's orange flavored dried cranberries are amazing in this salad

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, make the dressing by whisking together orange juice concentrate, oil, zest, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, salt, pepper until smooth.

  2. Add the spring greens, oranges, cranberries and toss until combined.

  3. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Tastes best when served immediately. Leftovers cannot be stored for later because the salad will become soggy. However, you can store the salad and dressing separately for 2 days in the fridge and mix right before serving.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Mandarin Orange Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 306IU6%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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