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