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.
Combine oil and next 6 ingredients in a jar with a lid. Tightly close lid, and shake well. Chill until ready to serve.
Toss together lettuce, oranges, onion, and almonds. Shake dressing, and drizzle over salad just before serving.
I'm always looking for good salad recipes, and this one will now go in my rotation. Very, very good. The almonds toasted for me in half the time listed. Watch close or these will burn. I used Arugula and omitted onion. Great and would make for guests. My kids really liked it, too.
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