1. Place almonds and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until sugar coats almonds and turns golden. Spread in a single layer on lightly greased wax paper; cool 20 minutes. Break into pieces, and set aside.
2. Combine oil and next 6 ingredients in a jar with a lid. Tightly close lid, and shake well. Chill until ready to serve.
3. Toss together lettuce, oranges, onion, and almonds. Shake dressing, and drizzle over salad just before serving.