Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad

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A quick salad recipe that is perfect for the holidays. This Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad has a little bit of sweet, spicy, and a crunch from the candied pecans.

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.

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

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Place 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.

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Slice 3 green onions into small pieces. {include the green part} Put on top of spring mix.

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Top with 1/2 cup of candied pecans and 1/2 cup of craisins. {recipe for Candied Pecans}

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Serve with dressing on the side.

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad #saladrecipe #mandarinorange #fallrecipes

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad #saladrecipes #mandarinorange #fallrecipes

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Holiday, Side Dishes, Salads




  • 2 Tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 3 dashes of Tabasco Hot Sauce {you can add more if you’d like}
  • 1 Tablespoon of dry parsley
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/3 cup of canola oil


  • 6 oz. of spring mix
  • 11oz. can of mandarin orange in orange juice, drained
  • 1/2 cup of candied pecans {[Candied Pecan Recipe |]}
  • 1/2 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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28 Responses
  1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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!!

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