Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing

Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing

Serves 5


For Salad
1 cup pecans
¼ cup granulated sugar
8-10 cups mixed greens
1 cup mandarin segments, peeled
1 apple, thinly sliced
½ cup sweetened dried cherries
¾ cup crumbled goat cheese 

For dressing:
½ cup olive oil
2 tsp mandarin zest
3 tbsp mandarin juice
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
½ tsp salt
Cracked black pepper 


  1. Prepared the pecans: Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium skillet place the pecans and white sugar on medium heat, stirring constantly. The sugar will slowly begin to melt and stick to the pecans after about 3-4 minutes. Keep a close eye (and smell) on the nuts to prevent them from burning. Remove the nuts and place onto the parchment baking sheet. Allow to cool and harden and then break apart. 
  2. For the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, mandarin zest, mandarin juice, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard, salt and cracked black pepper to taste. Whisk until emulsified and taste test for salt and pepper. 
  3. For the salad: In a large bowl or serving platter arrange greens, mandarin segments, apple slices, dried cherries, goat cheese and candied pecans. Drizzle with dressing or serve on the side.