Caesar Salad with Mandarin Oranges recipe

Caesar Salad with Mandarin Oranges

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There’s something about the sweet taste of mandarin oranges paired with the saltiness of parmesan cheese. And this Caesar salad is versatile enough that you could easily swap out the parmesan for blue cheese or gorgonzola. I can make a meal just out of salad, and this is one of my favorites.


  • Garlic can be overpowering if you add too much. I find that 1/8 teaspoon finely minced or grated on a microplane is just the right amount to add flavor to this dressing. I also use a potato peeler to shave very thin slices from a wedge of parmesan cheese.
  • If you make the dressing ahead of time, whisk it again before adding it to the salad. Pour on less than what you think you’ll need, toss the salad, and then taste it. You can always add more, but if you put on too much, it can get soggy.
  • I often add iceberg lettuce to my green leaf salads for color and crunch. I like the contrast in texture, and even though it doesn’t have as much nutritional value as other types of lettuce, it does contain some vitamins and minerals.

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Caesar Salad with Mandarin Oranges

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons natural rice vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic, minced or grated on a microplane
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Salad Ingredients

  • 5 cups romaine lettuce, torn or cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, torn or cut into bite-size pieces
  • One 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup pecan or walnut halves
  • Shaved parmesan cheese (crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola are also good choices)


Rinse the lettuce leaves and pat dry with a clean towel or use a salad spinner to remove as much water as possible. This prevents any water droplets from diluting the dressing.

In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together; set aside. Combine the lettuce, mandarin oranges, and nuts in a large salad bowl. Toss with dressing just before serving and top with shaved parmesan cheese.

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