Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD with ALMONDS AND CIDER VINAIGRETTE has been a favorite in our family forever! My Mom always makes this Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe for family dinners and holidays. This Orange Salad is SO flavorful and easy. It’s such a great Mandarin Salad to throw together anytime! Fresh, light, and easy. 

MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD topped with croutons, almonds, feta, and more

Mandarin Orange Salad

Mandarin Orange Salad with Cider Vinaigrette is a light, healthy, and delicious salad to serve for any occasion.

Every household needs a great and easy go-to salad recipe. This MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD WITH ALMONDS AND CIDER VINAIGRETTE has been a favorite of ours for years. My mom always has a great salad on the table with almost every meal, and I’m always secretly hoping for this one.

I love the combo of the citrus with the almonds and feta on this Mandarin Orange Salad…just SO good! It’s crunchy, sweet, savory, and everything else great salads call for.

It’s SO simple to throw together, and sure to wow any guests at your get together! I love the pretty colors and bright flavors. That Cider Vinaigrette…DELICIOUS! The perfect complement for the Mandarin Salad.

This Mandarin Orange Salad is simply light, healthy, and delicious! Serve this easy Mandarin Salad with any meal, or make it a meal of its own.


Mandarin Salad in a silver bowl

Orange Salad topped with croutons, mandarin oranges, feta, almonds, and more

What are Mandarin Oranges?

Mandarins are sometimes classified as Tangerines. They’re a small, oblique fruit similar to oranges. They have a loose peel that is easily removed to produce sweet, delicious fruit. They’re awesome when eaten alone or on Mandarin Salad. They just so happen to be Henry’s favorite fruit, so I’m sure you love them as well.

Why do Mandarin Oranges taste SO good in a salad recipe?

This Mandarin Orange Salad with Almonds is the type of salad that is the perfect side for any main dish. It’s light enough to go with seafood (like Seafood Lasagna) or vegetarian meals (like our Really Good Vegetarian Chili!), and full of enough flavors to compliment a creamy pasta (Cheesy Baked Gnocchi) or steak (Best Ever Skillet Steak). A little fruit, a little cheese, and a little crunch. Plus, it’s pretty. And that’s always a bonus!

Nothing beats a bright and colorful salad on a table full of delicious food. We made this with some crisp iceberg lettuce, but its also delicious with spinach! And the cider vinaigrette? MMMMMM. Is your mouth watering yet?

Healthy salad recipe with mandarin oranges

Mandarin Orange salad recipe

Tips for making the perfect Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe:

  • Make sure everything is chopped into manageable sized pieces. No one wants to have their fork overwhelmed by a huge piece of iceberg.
  • Season the salad itself. Add the salt and pepper directly to the salad leaves when beginning to make your salad. Gives flavor throughout!
  • Dress the salad before serving. If serving this Salad with Mandarin Oranges add the Cider Vinaigrette in the kitchen and toss fully to combine. Bring it to the table totally ready to go. Easier for your guests plus more delicious. The dressing will be more evenly distributed this way…much better!
  • Don’t forget the feta! THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH FETA!

How to Make Sugared Almonds

If you want to make your own sugared almonds for this tasty mandarin orange salad, use this recipe:

  1. Combine water, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and add in almonds.
  3. Cook and stir the mixture until there is no longer liquid and syrup-like coating on the almonds.
  4. Pour the almonds onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. While still hot, separate almonds using a fork.
  5. Allow to cool before eating or using on this Mandarin Orange Salad!

Alternately, you can use our famous EASY Candied Walnuts in this recipe! That would be SO DELISH!

Here are a few products we recommend for making this delicious Mandarin Salad

Large silver bowl filled with lettuce, mandarin oranges, almonds, and feta


I have a feeling your family will love it just as much as we do! We have been making it for years, and it’s still a favorite. It’s great as a side dish, or pop in some protein like chicken and you have an amazing main dish salad! Enjoy!

See the recipe card below for full details on How to Make Mandarin Orange Salad. Enjoy!

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This MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD with ALMONDS AND CIDER VINAIGRETTE has been a favorite in our family forever! SO flavorful and easy. Such a great salad to throw together anytime!

Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mandarin orange, salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 221 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD with ALMONDS AND CIDER VINAIGRETTE has been a favorite in our family forever! My Mom always makes this Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe for family dinners and holidays. This Orange Salad is SO flavorful and easy. It's such a great Mandarin Salad to throw together anytime! Fresh, light, and easy.


!For the Salad:

  • ½ cup Sugared Almonds
  • ½ head Romaine or Bibb lettuce
  • ½ head Iceberg lettuce
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 3 Cuties or Halo Mandarin Oranges peeled and separated
  • ¼ cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • Croutons homemade or store bought

!For the Cider Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 green onion sliced thin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil


!For the Salad:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the croutons, in a large serving bowl and mix well.
  2. !For the Cider Vinaigrette:
  3. Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Serve immediately.

!To serve the salad:

  1. Drizzle salad with enough just enough dressing to lightly coat. Add croutons and gently mix together.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*NOTE: If a smooth vinaigrette is desired, blend the dressing with a hand blender or immersion blender.

Nutrition Facts
Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 416mg 17%
Potassium 271mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 26.9%
Vitamin C 27.7%
Calcium 9.7%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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A great and new dish from the familiar ingredients. Most importantly, you teach very detailed and easy to understand. Thanks a lot. I will cook for my family.
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it looks very wonderful, I think this unexpected combination with mandarins gives a perfect taste!
Quick and healthy veggie salad, thank you!
Judy C.
Make this all the time and love it. Sometimes we vary it by adding thinly sliced red onion and a small handful of dried cranberries. I've even used pumpkin seeds or pecans in place of the almonds.
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