Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad

by Krista on September 4, 2013 · 27 comments

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad

This Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad is a favorite in our family.  We would always have this salad around the holidays. One, because it was so pretty and looked festive with the oranges, greens, and reds.  But also, with all the heaviness of the holidays you gotta have a little “roughage” to help you get that stuff out. {if you know what I mean}

I’m pretty sure that I was addicted to this salad growing up and may have had my fair share of fork wars with family members to get that last bite. You will understand what I’m talking about when you try it.  The mandarin oranges are definitely the star of this dish, in fact, we usually add a little more so that everyone can be sure to have 4-5 on their plate.  Add in the sweetness from the dried cranberry, crunch from the candied pecans, and the sweet spicy dressing and you got yourself a winning salad. What’s your favorite holiday salad?

To get started, in a small bowl mix 2 Tablespoons of sugar, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 3 dashes of Tabasco hot sauce {a couple more if you like it spicy like us}, salt, pepper, and 1 Tablespoon of dried Parsley.

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad 5Mix that together and then add 1/3 cup of canola oil. Whisk until completely combined. Set aside.

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad 6Place 6 oz. of fresh spring mix salad in a large bowl.  Next add one drained 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges on top of the spring mix.

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad 2Slice 3 green onions into small pieces. {include the green part} Put on top of spring mix.

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad 9Top with 1/2 cup of candied pecans and 1/2 cup of craisins. {recipe for Candied Pecans}

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad 4

Serve with dressing on the side.

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad #saladrecipe #mandarinorange #fallrecipes

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad
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Recipe type: Holiday, Side Dishes, Salads
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 2 Tablespoons of white sugar
  • ¼ cup of vinegar
  • 3 dashes of Tabasco Hot Sauce {you can add more if you'd like}
  • 1 Tablespoon of dry parsley
  • salt & pepper
  • ⅓ cup of canola oil
  • 6 oz. of spring mix
  • 11oz. can of mandarin orange in orange juice, drained
  • ½ cup of candied pecans {[Candied Pecan Recipe |]}
  • ½ cup of craisins
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  1. In a small bowl mix sugar, vinegar, Tabasco hot sauce, salt, pepper, dried Parsley, and canola oil. Whisk until completely combined.
  2. Place fresh spring mix salad in a large bowl.
  3. Add drained mandarin oranges, craisins, green onions, and candied pecans on top of the spring mix. {[Candied Pecan Recipe |]}
  4. Serve with dressing on the side.


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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Happy Valley Chow September 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

That is a beautiful salad Krista. Definitely want to give this a try :)

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow


Krista September 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Thanks Eric, I hope you like it. :) Let me know what you think!


Paula September 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Looks fantastic – the salad and our photo!! Pinned!


Krista September 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Thanks Paula, had it for lunch again today. Told you I was addicted. :)


marcie September 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

This looks delicious, Krista! I love salads that are sweet and savory like this. Pinning!


Krista September 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Thanks Marcie, love seeing your comments. Sounds like we like the same stuff chica! Thanks for the pin love. :)


Allie | Baking A Moment September 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Bring on the cranberries and candied pecans! Love this seasonal salad, and your pecan recipe too. Super simple and sounds so delish!


Krista September 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Right?! Maybe I should have skipped the lettuce part and just gone with the cranberries and pecans. :) hehe…


Danelle September 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Oooh, this looks fabulous!


Krista September 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Thanks Danelle, it was definitely delicious! Had it for lunch again today. :)


Kathy September 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I will be trying this! I’ve been trying to eat a lot more salads lately. This looks delicious!


Krista September 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I have been trying to do that too, good for your body and colon. :) I hope you like it Kathy, thanks so much for stopping by!


Amy | Club Narwhal September 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Good heavens, this looks amazing! I have such a soft spot for mandarin oranges and I bet they make this salad just sing with goodness :)


Krista September 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM

hahaa.. Me too! But I bet you guessed that after looking at the salad. :) They definitely make any salad that much better.


Jamie @lifelovelemons September 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM

What a pretty salad! Loving all those pecans!


Krista September 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Thanks Jamie! It was as good as it looks and the pecans gave it a great crunch. :)


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork September 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I love mandarin oranges in salads! I wish more salads came with them. This is totally a meal I’d eat for lunch and dinner!


Krista September 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I know.. it is the perfect fruit to add into a salad and definitely one of my favorites. :) Thanks for stopping by Meghan!


Samantha @ Five Heart Home September 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

This salad is gorgeous and looks delicious, Krista! I love green salads featuring fruit and nuts. I actually threw together a salad the other day with cutie oranges and almonds, but I made up my own dressing without measuring anything and it was only so-so. So I’m really excited your dressing, and the candied pecans look amazing! Thanks for sharing this!


Krista September 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Oh that sounds good, sounds like we are on the same wave length. :) The dressing to this is awesome, the dash of hot sauce gives it a nice mild kick. :) Hope you like it girl! Hope you have an awesome day!


Krista September 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I love this idea! It looks SOOO good!! I would love for you to stop by and share it on this weeks Heavenly Achievements!


Krista September 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Thanks so much Krista {love the name by the way…hehe} Thanks for stopping by and for the invite!


Theresa September 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I love fruity salads! Love the addition of pecans too!


Krista September 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

They are the best part of this salad Theresa… adds a nice crunchy to the dish. Thanks for stopping by! :)


Lisa @Cooking with Curls September 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

This salad sounds fabulous! I love the citrus pops from the orange and tart from the cranberries. Thanks so much for sharing your links at our “Best Of The Weekend party”! I have pinned this to our party board and to another big board too. We hope to see you again at the next party! Have a great week!!


Krista September 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Thanks for sharing Lisa! Always love coming to your party, first off lots of great inspiration and you girls make it worth the while. :)


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