Mandarin Almond Salad

This salad features romaine lettuce, mandarin oranges and green onions coated with a sweet, sour and peppery dressing and then sprinkled with lovely sugared almonds.

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried and chopped
2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
6 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons granulated (white) sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
ground black pepper to taste

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, oranges and green onions.

Heat 2 tablespoons sugar with the almonds in saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir while sugar starts to melt and coat almonds. Stir constantly until almonds are light brown. Turn onto a plate, and cool for 10 minutes.

Combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, one tablespoon sugar, red pepper flakes and black pepper in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously until sugar is dissolved.

Before serving, toss lettuce with salad dressing until coated. Transfer to a pretty serving bowl, and sprinkle with sugared almonds.

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