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Mandarin Orange Slaw-lad

Mandarin oranges, crispy lettuce and crunchy cole slaw make slaw-lad that is the best salad recipe for summer dinners.

You know that 90s classic, the Mandarin Orange Salad??! My mom used to make this all the time! Especially for church functions, showers, nice luncheons, etc. We LOVED it as kids — and I forget about it with all the “new” salad recipes on Pinterest.

Mandarin Orange Salad is a the perfect summertime salad recipe.

Years ago a dear friend showed me her “5 Minute Salad” — where you take spinach and coleslaw, combining them with a few other ingredients and a simple dressing and you have a salad. In five minutes, tops. 

 

I loved the mix of textures with the super crunchy cabbage and leafy lettuce that I use this “method” all the time now. I call it Slaw-lad. It holds dressing like a slaw, yet isn’t quite as “rough” with the added green lettuce. I’ll add extra shredded carrots and “fun” things to create a new salad. 

This salad recipe is super yummy and so easy to make!

I took the usual ingredients for Mandarin Orange Salad, and added the extra shredded carrots + coleslaw mix. If you added a piece of grilled chicken or steak on top, it would be an awesome summer time dinner idea!

Mandarin Orange Salad is a the perfect summertime salad recipe.

In this recipe you’ll find another recipe for Crispy Shallots… You’ll need to subscribe to my email list to get this secret recipe! You’ll subscribe to my list, and every Friday, you’ll get an email from me recapping the week’s posts. Along with a few “Sweet Secrets!”

 

Salads to me are the perfect summer dinner idea, it keeps your house cool, it’s mostly assemble ahead of time ingredients, and it’s healthy! 

Healthy salad recipes are always fun to use during the summertime. Pack these in a picnic and take to the pool!

Mandarin oranges, crispy lettuce and crunchy cole slaw make slaw-lad that is the best salad recipe for summer dinners.

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Mandarin Orange Slaw-lad

  • Author: Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 head Romaine, chopped
  • 4 cups shredded Cole slaw mix
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup smoked almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup crispy shallots

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 6 drops hot sauce
  • 1 tbs chives (fresh or dried!)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add lettuce, coleslaw, and carrots and toss well. Add cucumber, orange slices, almonds, and shallots on top. {To keep it pretty, don’t toss!}
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients in jar, and shake well. Pour over salad when ready to serve, or serve on the side!


 

Now you are summer time salad ready! 

Mandarin oranges, crispy lettuce and crunchy cole slaw make slaw-lad that is the best salad recipe for summer dinners.

XOXO,

sweetpea lifestyle

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14 Comments

  1. I’ve never tried a slaw-lad before, but your recipe sounds delicious. It would be a perfect BBQ side dish this summer. #HomeMattersParty

  2. I love it how what’s old is new again – so true! And there’s no doubt that oranges are popular on salad for good reason – they add such great texture and flavor. Thanks for sharing this one!

    1. Oh yeah!! I’ve been going through my mom’s recipe box and pulling all the “Greatest Hits of the 90s!” 😉

  3. I just made the dressing for a regular green salad and it was delicious! Definitely a keeper!

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