Broccoli Bacon and Mandarin Orange Salad

Sometimes for fun I’ll look at the fresh salads in the service deli case at the various grocery stores I shop in. 

I like to check out the unique salads for recipe ideas.

Recently I bought a small container of broccoli salad to try and it was so good.  I actually had my doubts because the broccoli was raw and I wasn’t sure if it would have a lot of flavor.

But it had great flavor and was reeeeally delicious.

So here’s my rendition of this broccoli salad which includes some super tasty ingredients.

The ingredients are mixed together with a touch of dressing that’s slightly sweet and more on the liquid side.

It lasts great in the fridge too. 

You just need to mix it up a bit before serving so the super tasty dressing lightly coats the deliciousness of the other ingredients.

Let’s check out the ingredients:

Broccoli, Red Onion, Hormel Real Bacon Bits, Whole Cashews, Mandarin Oranges, Mayonnaise….and

 

Rice Vinegar, and Sugar. 
 

Here’s how to make it:

For the Salad:

Cut the broccoli into florets.

Add the broccoli florets in a large bowl.

Chop the red onion….

….and add them to the bowl.

Next,

add the Hormel Real Bacon Bits to the bowl.

Drain the can of mandarin oranges and reserve the juice. 

I added the mandarin oranges to the bowl but for best results I’d recommend setting the mandarin oranges aside at this point.

It’s best to add them after mixing the dressing in with the other ingredients. 

This should prevent the mandarin oranges from breaking apart.

Add the cashews and set aside while making the dressing.

For the Dressing:

Add the mayonnaise in a small bowl.

Then, if the liquid in the can of mandarin oranges is a fruit juice, add 2 tablespoons of the juice to the bowl with the mayonnaise. 

The can of mandarin oranges that used had pear juice in it.

If the liquid isn’t fruit juice, add 2 tablespoons of apple juice or milk to the mayonnaise.

Next, add the rice vinegar….

….give it a stir…

….and then mix in the sugar.

Next,

add the dressing to the salad.

Mix the dressing in with the ingredients until the salad is coated, and then add the mandarin oranges.

Carefully mix the mandarin oranges into the salad making sure they stay whole.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.  

If stored in the refrigerator, you may need to mix the ingredients just bit before serving.

Enjoy!

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Broccoli Bacon and Mandarin Orange Salad

Yield: Serves 3

Ingredients:

For the Salad:
2 cups fresh Broccoli Florets (heaping)
¼ cup chopped Red Onion
¼ cup Hormel Real Bacon Bits
1 can Mandarin Oranges (11 ounces)
¼ cup whole Cashews

For the Dressing:
3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Juice from the Can of Mandarin Oranges (or use apple juice, or milk)
1 tablespoon Sugar
2 teaspoons Rice Vinegar

Directions:

For the Salad: In a large bowl add the broccoli florets, chopped red onion, Hormel Real Bacon Bits, and cashews. Drain the can of mandarin oranges and reserve the juice. Set the mandarin oranges aside.

For the Dressing: Add the mayonnaise in a small bowl. Then, if the liquid in the can of mandarin oranges is a fruit juice, add 2 tablespoons of the juice in the bowl with the mayonnaise. If the liquid isn’t fruit juice, add 2 tablespoons of apple juice or milk to the mayonnaise.

Next, add the rice vinegar and sugar to the bowl with the mayonnaise and mix together. Stir the dressing into the salad. Once the salad is coated, add the mandarin oranges and carefully mix them into the salad making sure that they stay whole and don’t break into pieces. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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7 Responses to “Broccoli Bacon and Mandarin Orange Salad”

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    Tina@flourtrader — April 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I just got some mandarin oranges recently for a salad but was not really sure how I would build the salad. Now I will not have to search or wonder any more-bingo the salad is right here. Great ingredients and it is really well rounded. The dressing looks like a must as well. Thanks for posting this!

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    • CouponClippingCook — April 18th, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

      Hi Tina, thank you!

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    Kim Bee — April 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Wow this looks like a salad even I would eat. Love mandarins and a huge fan of broccoli. I must try this one.

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    • CouponClippingCook — April 18th, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

      Hi Kim, thank you for stopping by!

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    Magic of Spice — May 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This not only looks delicious, but it looks like sunshine on a plate!

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    Christine — March 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I pinned this recipe recently & just got around to making it for tonights dinner! the only thing I did was had a 3 or 4 slices bacon I had baked, instead of the bacon bits. I must say I really enjoyed it, & will sure be making it again. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Nancy — March 10th, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

      Hi Christine, so glad you liked it and I’m sure your baked bacon made it even better. Thank you for letting me know. Have a great week!

      Reply

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