I always get rave reviews when I serve this simple salad with a zesty poppy seed dressing! I often don't use the full amount of dressing, as I prefer less.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.

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  • Place vinegar, sugar, red onion, mustard powder, and salt into the bowl of a blender. Cover, and puree on high until smooth. Reduce blender speed to medium-low; slowly pour in the vegetable oil and blend until incorporated and the dressing is creamy. Stir in the poppy seeds and set aside.

  • To serve, toss the romaine in a large bowl with the crumbled bacon, Mandarin oranges, and enough dressing to moisten. Place onto salad plates and sprinkle with toasted almonds.

Nutrition Facts

456.6 calories; 5.9 g protein; 34.8 g carbohydrates; 19 mg cholesterol; 341.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2012
Wow - now this is a salad! It's full of vibrant colors and it's a great combination of flavors. I can see why the submitter gets rave reviews when it's served. I know I certainly did! And I'm glad I read through the reviews because I cut the sugar in half and that was plenty. I also opted for olive oil vs. veg. oil and dijon vs. dry mustard. You can definitely play with this to suite your tastes and you won't be disapppointed. I added some dried cranberries to the mix for that little extra something... Great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/02/2009
I was pretty disappointed considering everyone gave this recipe 5 stars. I thought the dressing was entirely too onion-y and the salad lacked flavor. Next time (if there is one) I would add less onion for sure hoping to combat the strong onion flavor. Read More
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97 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2012
Wow - now this is a salad! It's full of vibrant colors and it's a great combination of flavors. I can see why the submitter gets rave reviews when it's served. I know I certainly did! And I'm glad I read through the reviews because I cut the sugar in half and that was plenty. I also opted for olive oil vs. veg. oil and dijon vs. dry mustard. You can definitely play with this to suite your tastes and you won't be disapppointed. I added some dried cranberries to the mix for that little extra something... Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2012
Wow - now this is a salad! It's full of vibrant colors and it's a great combination of flavors. I can see why the submitter gets rave reviews when it's served. I know I certainly did! And I'm glad I read through the reviews because I cut the sugar in half and that was plenty. I also opted for olive oil vs. veg. oil and dijon vs. dry mustard. You can definitely play with this to suite your tastes and you won't be disapppointed. I added some dried cranberries to the mix for that little extra something... Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2007
Thanks for sharing this delicious refreshing salad Joni B! I cut the sugar back to 1/2c and it was still plenty. This is a favorite around our house. I sometimes toss in a handful of dried cranberries too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2008
We really enjoyed this salad even though I forgot to add the almonds. The (pink) dressing is excellent:not 'too' sweet to us. Presentation is fresh & beautiful. I will not only make for company but often for everyday family meals. Thank you for such a delicious and pretty recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2007
I made this today for lunch and it got rave reviews! I substituted spinach for the romaine because I didn't have any. Next time I might try a little less sugar but my husband thought it was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
DELICIOUS!!! I am rating the dressing portion of this recipe only although I'm sure the salad with this dressing on it would still be five stars! I made half the recipe of dressing cutting the sugar back to 1/4 cup as other reviewers suggested and I used about 1 T. of finely minced sweet onion instead of the red onion. I had an apple that had been hanging around way too long and a few dried cranberries left in the bag so I added those to red leaf lettuce chopped green onion and toasted almonds for a marvelous salad that hubby and I both really liked. I'll be making this dressing again for sure!! Here's a little tip that I've used many times since I like to do as much ahead of time as possible. Chop apple and toss in a little of the dressing making sure to coat well then refrigerate until ready to toss the salad. This keeps the apples from turning brown - works like a charm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2010
Excellent Salad! Very refreshing and a great addition to our Father's Day menu this year. Followed the recipe with the exception of using a couple of small shallots diced very small in place of the red onion. I don't care for a strong onion flavor so I didn't add them to the blender with the other ingredients. I stirred them into the finished dressing right before service. Worked great. We would be very happy to make this again. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
I really like this recipe I toasted the almonds with some brown sugar and butter to add some more crunchiness and used 1/3 cup less sugar in the dressing. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2011
Just got back from a family gathering. My salad bowl was the only empty one at the end of the meal. Everyone asked for the recipe even the men! I cut back on the sugar added half an apple to the dressing (double batch). I used half baby spinach and half mixed greens. Wow after all these years of cooking I even impressed myself! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/02/2009
I was pretty disappointed considering everyone gave this recipe 5 stars. I thought the dressing was entirely too onion-y and the salad lacked flavor. Next time (if there is one) I would add less onion for sure hoping to combat the strong onion flavor. Read More
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