Appetizers / Salad / Side Dish

Simple Mandarin Salad Dressing Recipe

This tart and sassy mandarin salad dressing is perfectly refreshing! It’s a simple citrus salad dressing which features sweet mandarins and vinegar. Bonus points, it pairs well with fresh greens, smooth almonds, and tangy fruit.

The Headliners.

I love fresh salads. Meg loves them, too. Whenever we get together, we always try to come up with a new twist on a salad. Why? Because there is nothing as versatile as a salad – the type of greens, fruits, nuts, and dressing. You can mix and match and come up with so many combinations, that salads are a really fun part of a meal. Plus, salad dressings and salads are so easy to whip together that you can make them in a pinch with anything on hand, and a bit of creativity!

This mandarin salad dressing recipe is fun because it uses mandarins instead of oranges for the citrus, which yields a slightly sweeter flavor than traditional orange. Pair this with fresh greens and fruits, and crunchy almonds for a sweet and satisfying salad.

The main ingredients for our Mandarin Salad Dressing.

  • Juice from 1 Mandarin
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • Pepper to taste

The Set-up of the Mandarin Salad Dressing:

Like with any salad dressing, this citrus salad dressing is so simple. Just pour into a tiny jar and whisk until combined. Use onto your greens.

For the salad featured in the photos, we used:

  • Any leafy salad. For photos we used used spring mix
  • 1 – 2 whole Mandarins, peeled and separated
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced almond
  • 2 tablespoons of pomegranate or dried cranberries (the tangy taste pairs well with the sweet salad dressing).
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste

Make the salad, then generously pour the salad dressing on. Enjoy!

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