Strawberry-Mandarin Orange Tossed Salad

posted by Linda in MO 05-16-100 9:12 AM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Strawberry-Mandarin Orange Tossed Salad
Recipe By :adapted from Quick Cooking-May/June 2000
Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Salad
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons honey
1 1/4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon grated onion or dehydrated onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
dash salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil

8 cups torn mixed salad greens
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges -- drained
1 medium sweet onion, sliced into rings

1/3 cup sliced almonds
3 to 4 Tablespoons sugar
4 to 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

For dressing, in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes; stir until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in oil. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

In a salad bowl, combine the salad ingredients. Chill.

To prepare almonds: In a skillet over medium-low or medium heat brown almonds and sugar, stirring often. Sugar will melt and coat the almonds. Don't over-brown. Cool on waxed paper or foil.

Before serving, stir dressing. Drizzle the salad with dressing and sprinkle with almonds and bacon. Gently toss and serve immediately. Or serve dressing, almonds, and bacon on the side and let everyone serve themselves.

Serving Ideas: Add cooked chicken or turkey for a main dish salad. Serve with bread or breadsticks.

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