Mandarin Coconut Salad

Mandarin Coconut Salad is a refreshing, light salad that’s can be prepared any time of year, thanks to the availability of canned mandarin oranges. The original recipe calls for fresh mandarin oranges which are the best choice when they are available. I always keep canned mandarin oranges on hand for another salad that I really like called Orange Romaine Salad. Now I have two delicious salad recipes for which I need to stock canned mandarin oranges!

As I mentioned in a previous post, 3 Simple Steps to Prepare Strawberry Salad, I really like homemade salad dressings. The salad dressing for Mandarin Coconut Salad really complements the salad in a very flavorful way. The ingredients include rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and either liquid coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil.

Other ingredients in Mandarin Coconut Salad include lettuce, crumbled bacon (optional), toasted coconut flakes, and toasted nuts. Toasting the coconut and nuts really brings out their flavors in this salad.

The Recipe

Here’s the printable recipe for Mandarin Coconut Salad:

Mandarin Coconut Salad
Serves 4
A light, refreshing salad of lettuce, mandarin oranges, coconut, bacon crumbles and toasted nuts with a homemade flavorful dressing.
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  1. 2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar or Mirin
  2. 3 Tablespoons Liquid Coconut Oil or Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  3. 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
  4. 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  5. Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. 1 head Bibb Lettuce (or 6-8 cups shredded lettuce of your choice)
  2. 6 Mandarin Oranges, peeled & sectioned or 1 small can mandarin oranges
  3. 4 Bacon Slices, cooked & crumbled
  4. 1/2 cup Coconut Flakes, lightly toasted, cooled
  5. 1/3 cup Pecans or other nuts, chopped, toasted and cooled
  1. Dressing: Whisk together all ingredients. (Or place in a jar with a lid and shake vigorously) Set aside.
  2. Salad: Mix together all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and serve on individual plates or bowls.
Adapted from King's River Packing
Adapted from King's River Packing

Mandarin Oranges

Mandarin oranges are smaller and less spherical than common oranges, with a taste that is considered sweeter and stronger. A ripe Mandarin orange is firm to slightly soft, heavy for its size, and pebbly-skinned. Thin peel makes mandarin oranges easier to peel and split into segments. Grown in tropical and sub-tropical areas, mandarin oranges are high in Vitamin C, as is other citrus fruits. The top producer of mandarin oranges is China, with the USA being number 11 on the list of top mandarin orange producers.

Dried Mandarin orange peel is used as a seasoning in baking, cooking and making candy. Generally, mandarin oranges are used in salads, desserts and main dishes. Low in calories, 3.5 ounces or 100 grams of mandarin oranges provides only 53 calories.

Mandarin is a term referring to the bright orange robes worn by the mandarins, public officials of the ancient Chinese court. These sweet fruits were often reserved strictly for the privileged class in the Far East. China has cultivated mandarin oranges for more than 3000 years whereas mandarin oranges were only introduced to Europe and North America in the 19th Century. Mandarin oranges are also used in the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Isn’t it wonderful that we common folk can enjoy a treat that once only the privileged class could enjoy?

A Recap of Salad Recipes

In case you missed these earlier posts and/or are interested in other salad recipes, the following links will take you to other salad recipes on Silver Foodie. Just click on the link to go to the recipe!

Strawberry Salad with Pecans and Feta

Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans

Cashew Blueberry Salad

Orange Romaine Salad

Janet’s Broccoli Salad

Holiday Ambrosia

All these salads are making me hungry! I think I’ll go make a salad! Try one of these salad recipes soon!

Remember to Savor the Flavor of Fresh Salads with Homemade Salad Dressings!


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Light and Refreshing Mandarin Coconut Salad — 28 Comments

  1. This sounds fantastic! I love the coconut & bacon combo, can’t wait to try it ? Thank you for doing the Link-Up!!

  2. oh – this looks so fresh and delicious! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up!

  3. This is such a great tropical salad! I need to try this dressing! It sounds great with the maple syrup!

  4. Hi Ilka, This salad dressing is good and would probably work on any salad containing fruit. Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  5. Hi Helen, Thanks for your comments and for hosting “What’s for Dinner!” Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  6. Hi Angela, Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do! See you next week at Sunday’s Food & Fitness Link-up Party! Blessings, Janet

  7. Hi Barbara, Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the salad and dressing. Blessings, Janet

  8. Such a scrumptious recipe. Mandarin oranges in salad are so good. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  9. Yummy this salad looks so tasty, I love fresh fruit in my salad, but I’ve never added coconut before. Not only should that add a lovely light sweetness but more crunchy texture that I love. Thanks for linking up at #HappinessIsHomemade this week!

  10. Yum! This reminds me of a salad we used to eat when we were growing up! We just gobbled it up like crazy! Thanks so much for jogging my memory. It is a perfect pot-luch, picnic recipe too! Very lovely!

  11. Thank you Carol. I hope you get a chance to try this recipe – it just seems right for spring! Blessings, Janet

  12. Gorgeous salad and it sounds so easy! I love home-made dressings, too – Thanks for bringing it to our Throwback Thursday Link Party!! ?


  13. Hi Mollie, Thanks for stopping by and for hosting Throwback Thursday Link Party! I appreciate all you do! Blessings, Janet

  14. Sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

  15. Thanks for linkup up this post to Let’s Get Real Friday Party. I will be featuring this salad on this week’s party. It looks delicious, healthy and easy to make. Come back and join us again.

  16. Hi Karen, Thanks for featuring Mandarin Coconut Salad on this week’s party – I appreciate it so much! Thanks also for hosting! I’ll see you this week. Blessings, Janet

  17. This salad sounds amazing! Thanks for linking up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up. I hope you join us often.

  18. Hi Charlene, Thanks for the kind comment on the Mandarin Coconut Salad! Thanks for hosting the Family Joy Blog Link UP also. By the way, I like the name of your blog – very creative! Blessings, Janet

  19. Hi Janet, just hopping back to let you know that you will be featured at SYC tomorrow.

  20. Hi Jann, Thanks so much for featuring Mandarin Coconut Salad on SYC – I’m honored! Thanks for hosting and have a great Easter! Blessings, Janet

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