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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nadia's Mandarin-Almond Salad

From Favorites and Nadia Richards.

1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoon sugar

1 head green leaf lettuce
1 head iceberg lettuce (or another green if desired)
1 cup finely chopped celery
3 green onions, chopped
1 (11oz) can mandarin oranges, drained

1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (or 1/2 t dried)
dash of pepper
dash of Tabasco

Carmelize slivered almonds by mixing with sugar in a small skillet and stirring constantly over low heat until lightly browned.  Cool on waxed paper and break into small pieces; set aside.  Combine ingredients for dressing and mix well.  Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces and combine with celery, green onions, and mandarin oranges.  Toss with dressing and sprinkle with sugared almonds.

Note:  when in season, pears are a tasty addition too.

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