This recipe is easy to make, but tastes impressive and is always a big hit at barbecues. You can swap the mandarin oranges for dried cranberries depending on your personal preference.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine almonds and sugar in a small skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir until sugar is melted over almonds, about 3 minutes. Spread almonds in a single layer on waxed paper to cool.

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  • To make the salad dressing, whisk together the vinegar, salad oil, sugar, mustard, poppy seeds, and salt in a bowl; set aside.

  • Toss together the romaine lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, onion, and oranges in a large bowl. Sprinkle almonds and drizzle dressing over top of salad just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

262.1 calories; 10.9 g protein; 17.9 g carbohydrates; 25.8 mg cholesterol; 244.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
LOVE IT! I'm a pretty boring salad eater. I normally don't like a "busy" salad at all. We made this for Thanksgiving and we all loved it inlucding me! Definitely make the dressing and the home-made candied almonds are amazing! Make more almonds than it calls for and save them to eat later! So good! Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
LOVE IT! I'm a pretty boring salad eater. I normally don't like a "busy" salad at all. We made this for Thanksgiving and we all loved it inlucding me! Definitely make the dressing and the home-made candied almonds are amazing! Make more almonds than it calls for and save them to eat later! So good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2010
I made this salad to go with our dinner tonight. My husband who is basically a meat-and-potatoes man loved it! He ate two helpings. I cut the red wine vinegar down to a 1/2 cup and used Honey Dijon mustard instead of yellow mustard. This is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
Guests raved at this dish. I made it like the recipe except for doubling the almonds decreased vinegar to 1/2 cup and used dijon mustard instead of yellow. More people asked for the recipe than anything I've ever made. Will make it again and again and again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2008
I love the combination of stuff in this salad! I had sliced almonds not slivered but the sugaring technique worked great (I was a little skeptical). The dressing is seriously mustardy and vinegary but mellows as it sits - still you may want a little more oil and sugar to tame it. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2011
This salad turned out wonderfully. I made it for 10 people at Passover and there was only about one serving left. Per other reviews I changed the yellow mustard for Dijon mustard and cut down the vinegar to 1/2 cup. Though I only had about 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar so I also put in 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and it was delicious. Omitted the mushrooms and the cheese ( I don't like these things ) used about 1/2 of a large red onion and upped the mandarin oranges to closer to 2 cups. The almonds turned out fantastically and I can see why people say to double those! All the flavors blended well together and it was a light refreshing salad to have. Will definitely be making again now that the weather is warming up! Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2010
There is so much I love about this salad - the crisp romaine the crunchy sweet almonds the refreshing oranges and the zippy dressing. It's such a great combination of ingredients! The only change I made was using dijon mustard instead of yellow. I would cut the vinegar back to 1/2 cup next time for a better balance of oil and vinegar. Also be sure to get the almonds nice and brown to enjoy their flavor fully - it's the highlight of this salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
Delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2011
salad was great! Esp. the twist on toasted almond with sugar.. very easy and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2009
I only made the sugar toasted almonds - and they were so quick to make and really super easy!!! I love the extra crispiness it gives. I will make the salad soon. Read More
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