Mandarin Salad Oriental

This oriental-flavored salad has great asian flavor thanks to mandarin oranges, ramen noodles and almonds.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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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

Preparation

  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 sliced 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 almond mixture from heat, and set aside.
  4. Whisk together reserved flavor packet, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, oil, and next 5 ingredients.
  5. Toss together lettuces, celery, and onions in a bowl. Drizzle with dressing; toss. Add noodles, almond mixture, and oranges; toss. Serve immediately.
  6. Prep: 25 min., Bake: 10 min., Cook: 6 min.
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