This bright citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C, fat-free, and a real flavor booster in recipes thanks to its sweet, zesty flavor.
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A Colorful SplashMandarin orange varieties like Clementines and Satsumas are typically eaten out of hand or canned for use in fruit salads. But they're just as welcome in savory sauces, salads, salsas, and even ice cream pies. Open a can and enjoy.
Mandarin-Berry-Almond FloatsA colorful addition to brunches, teas, or pot lucks, this easy make-ahead dessert combines Mandarin oranges, fresh raspberries and cubes of homemade almond gelatin with a simple syrup that's flavored with cardamom seeds and orange juice.
Crispy Sesame Salad StackIt may look like an architectural masterpiece, but this Asian salad is easy to pull off. Store-bought wonton skins sprinkled with sesame seeds are oven roasted to form crisp layers. Packaged salad greens, cashews, green onions, and mandarins tossed with an orange-soy vinaigrette make the crispy filling.
Best-Ever Chinese Chicken SaladIt's hard to believe, but Chinese-Chicken salad gets even tastier with the addition of asparagus, avocado, and fresh mandarin oranges. If you can't find fresh mandarins, substitute the canned variety. And if time is short, substitute canned chow mein noodles for the pan-fried wontons.
Soft Shrimp Tacos with Tropical SalsaThe ingredient list is long, but prep for these shrimp tacos is a snap thanks to mostly canned salsa ingredients (mandarin oranges, pineapple, and chopped green chilies) and a spicy filling made with already peeled and deveined shrimp, shredded Jack cheese and lightly sautéed bell peppers and onions.
Orange Mandarin ChickenPan seared chicken is topped with a cooked sauce of mandarins, jalapeño, soy sauce, green onions and cornstarch for a quick weeknight supper that can be served over instant rice or Asian noodles. If you like fiery flavors, add extra chopped jalapeño or chili garlic paste to the sauce.
Mandarin Cream DelightA simple dessert for pot lucks, this tropical delight is made in three parts. First, a sugar cookie-style crust bakes to form the bottom layer. Top the crisp crust with a fluffy sweet concoction of sour cream, mandarin oranges and instant pudding, then crown with a whipped topping cloud.
Orange Cream PiePick your favorite vanilla ice cream and beat in canned mandarin orange sections for a sweet-tart filling housed in a prepared graham cracker crust. If your family prefers sweet pie fillings over tart, stir in a little well-drained crushed pineapple to sweeten things up.