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Mandarin Salad Oriental

Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-ounce) package Oriental-flavored ramen noodle soup mix
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, torn
  • 5 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin orange sections, drained

How to Make It

  1. Remove flavor packet from soup mix, and set aside. Crumble noodles.

  2. Bake noodles in a shallow pan at 350° for 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring after 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool.

  3. Cook almonds and 3 tablespoons sugar in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 5 to 6 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and almonds are evenly coated. Remove from heat.

  4. Whisk together reserved flavor packet, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, oil, and next 5 ingredients.

  5. Toss together lettuces, celery, and green onions in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to coat. Add noodles, almond mixture, and orange sections, and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.