This recipe for orange almond salad has been around for years and it’s still a great one. I took it to a party and it was big 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 (in this case coconut sugar) and sprinkle on the almonds as-is, if you prefer.
The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of olive oil 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. In a pinch you could substitute raisins instead.
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
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds (you can buy these in a package)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or date sugar (optional)
- 1 head Romaine lettuce chopped or torn into small pieces
- 1 can mandarin oranges drained
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 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 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
- 1 clove garlic finely minced
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- If you'd like to "candy" the almonds, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F. Add the almonds to a strainer and rinse with water, shaking off the excess water.
- Add the soaked almonds to a bowl along with the coconut sugar and stir to combine. Place the almonds on the lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring at 10 minutes. The almonds will be done when the coconut sugar coating is hardened and starting to turn brown. Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes.
- Put lettuce, oranges, cranberries, almonds, green onions, and parsley into a large salad bowl.
- Whisk dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Toss to coat.
- Purchase sliced almonds in a package or slice them yourself.
- For an oil-free version, leave out the olive oil in the dressing.