Green Salad Recipe with Mandarin Orange Dressing

Learn how to make a beautiful and tasty green salad recipe with mandarin orange dressing that works equally well for impressing guests or delicious everyday meals.

A colorful green salad recipe with mandarin dressing in a stainless steel bowl.

Here’s a colorful green salad recipe with a mandarin orange dressing that is full of delicious flavor!

Throw in any or all of your favorite veggies!

Why I Love this Recipe

This yummy recipe is from my friend Jenny. Vegan is Jenny’s jam. This salad is a vegetarian dream. There’s a little bit of everything healthy going on here.

However, this green salad still works if you require some animal protein on your plate. It stands alone, beautifully served with croissants, muffins, or banana bread.

Alternatively, add a protein on the side, such as grilled chicken, steak, or ribs.

This rainbow-colored showstopper is perfect for a party, potluck, or hosting of any kind. It’s a great salad for guests because you can get creative and customize it as you make it.

If you prefer a low-maintenance lifestyle as I do, meal prep the salad ingredients for yourself on the weekend and enjoy it for lunch or dinner all week.

No cooking is required, just a little chopping. I use this vegetable chopper to make it fast and easy. (affiliate link)

Salad Ingredients

Here’s what Jenny tossed in her salad today. Starting at the top of the plate below, going clockwise:

Veggie Selections
Spring Mix Lettuce (for the salad base)
Red Onion
Yellow Pepper
Red Pepper
Orange Pepper
Cucumber
Carrots
Feta
Pecans

Dressing Ingredients
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Garlic
Mandarin oranges
Salt and Pepper

This salad is so easy to customize. Below are additional ideas to make it your own:

Nuts
Pistachios
Walnuts
Cashews
Dried Cranberries

Cheese
Blue Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Parmigiano-Reggiano
Goat Cheese

More Veggies Ideas
Avocado
Broccoli
Jicama
Tomatoes

FAQ

What are the best greens for salads?

The best greens for salads offer a mix of flavors, textures, and nourishing benefits. Popular choices include mixed greens, which combine varieties like baby lettuce, baby greens, romaine, and arugula for a diverse taste. For this recipe, you’ll want to complement the citrusy flavors of the dressing. Consider using a spring mix for a combination of textures.

What are the best vegetables to put in a salad?

The best vegetables for salads bring freshness, color, and nutritional value to your recipe. Classic choices include cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers, which add sweetness and crunch. Carrots are slightly sweet and earthy, while red onions contribute a savory kick. Of course, the best vegetables for salads depend on personal taste, and mixing different combinations creates a visually appealing and flavorful dish.

Expert Tips

One of Jenny’s secret salad ingredients is in her kitchen equipment. She uses this awesome veggie chopper (affiliate link) to make easy and fast work out of what could be a very time-consuming task.

It’s an investment, but I saw it in action and ordered one very similar. I love it! I am listing mine also and another one that gets great reviews. (affiliate links below)

There is something about chopping that I dread, so this definitely makes it more fun and FAST! Check out and compare these food choppers: Mueller Pro vegetable chopper, this Hand vegetable chopper, or Jenny’s awesome chopper.

What to Serve with Green Salad

When you’re thinking about what to serve with salad, there are lots of tasty options to consider!

For a hearty meal, add some grilled chicken, sliced steak, or tofu for protein. Pair your salad with burgers or ham and cheese sliders for a more casual affair.

It’s always a good idea to include some crusty bread or garlic breadsticks for dipping.

Finally, if you’re in the mood for something creamy, a bowl of clam chowder, chicken wild rice soup, a scoop of cottage cheese, or a dollop of hummus can be a delicious addition.

More Healthy Recipes

Below are two more delicious vegan salad recipes you should try on the site. These are 2 of my top 10 go-to summer salads!

Summer Spinach Salad
Zoodle Salad with Thai Peanut Sauce

Find more nutritious and wholesome recipe ideas below.

Spinach Quiche with Sundried Tomatoes
Chocolate and Banana Protein Shake
Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Recipe

At long last, here is the flavorful recipe.

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Green Salad Recipe with Mandarin Orange Dressing


  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Here’s a delicious salad, that is just beautiful, perfect on its own for hosting friends, complementing a dinner with the family, or for your very own daily dose of vegetables.


Ingredients

Scale

Dressing

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1/2 tablespoon juice of one plastic container of mandarin oranges

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

Salad Ingredient choose your favorites

red onion, sliced

red, yellow, and orange peppers, chopped

cucumbers, sliced

carrots, chopped

pecans

feta cheese


Instructions

Dressing

Whisk first 4 dressing ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper.

Salad

Choose what you love and take advantage of what is in season. Customize the salad, using your favorite lettuce, vegetables, and nuts. Ideas might include spinach, arugula or spring mix. Add sliced red onion, red, yellow, and orange peppers, cucumbers, and carrots, as pictured. Gently fold in tomatoes and mandarin orange slices. and cheese of your choice. Top with pecans and cheese of your choice.

Notes

Storage. Store the dressing and salad ingredients separately in the refrigerator to enjoy them all week without getting wilted.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Assembly
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Salad recipe, Romaine Lettuce, Dressing Ingredients, Balsamic vinegar, Mandarin oranges, Everyday, Easy, Entertaining

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Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.

I hope you will make one of these delicious salads to enjoy or make for your next gathering with friends! If you do, please let me know in the comment box below.

Wishing you spectacular SALAD days ahead. Be sure to subscribe or follow me on social media for more inspiration!
xo,
Cindy

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