This recipe for orange almond salad has been around for years and it’s still a great one. I just took a big bowl of it to a party and it was a hit. The traditional recipe (and this one) has candied almonds, but as with many of the recipes on the site, you are welcome to leave out the sugar and sprinkle on the almonds as-is.
I’ve kept the oil low (1 tablespoon) but you could leave this out completely, as well. Just keep in mind that omitting the oil makes the dressing a little more tart.
I added dried (unsweetened) cranberries for color or you could use raisins. Purchase dried cranberries without palm oil and sugar if you can find them. Some health markets sell them sweetened with apple juice.
Pair this salad with a tasty main dish:
- Moroccan Chickpea Vegetable Tagine
- Cauliflower Pasta Alfredo
- Tempeh Reuben Sandwich
- Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna
If you’d like to learn about making your own oil-free salad dressings, see my “Salad Dressing Formula” freebie.
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Orange Almond Salad
- 1 head Romaine lettuce chopped or torn into small pieces
- 1 can mandarin oranges drained
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds or sliced
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1 Tbl sugar (optional)
- 1/3 cup parsley roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup green onion diced
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (red wine or rice vinegar works, too)
- 2 Tbl maple syrup
- 1 Tbl olive oil (optional)
- 1 clove garlic finely minced
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- If you'd like to "candy" the almonds, melt sugar in the bottom of a non-stick pan. Add almonds and stir until lightly browned and covered with syrup. Pour on to a plate to cool.
- Put lettuce, oranged, cranberries, almonds, green onions, and parsley into a salad bowl.
- Whisk dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Toss to coat.