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Broccoli Mandarin Orange Salad

Broccoli, Bacon and Mandarin Orange Salad

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Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli, Broccoli Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3


For the Salad:

  • 2 cups (heaping) fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup Hormel Real Bacon Bits
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 cup whole cashews

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the mandarin orange can If the liquid is not a juice; substitute with apple juice or milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar


For the Salad:

  • In a large bowl add the broccoli florets, chopped red onion, bacon bits and cashews.  Set aside.
  • If the liquid in the can of mandarin oranges is a fruit juice; drain the mandarin oranges and reserve the juice.  If it's not a fruit juice, drain the mandarin oranges and discard the liquid.
  • Set the mandarin oranges aside.

For the Dressing:

  • To a small bowl, add mayonnaise and fruit juice from the can of mandarin oranges (if it's not a fruit juice, add apple juice or milk as a substitute).
  • To the small bowl, add rice vinegar and sugar.  Whisk together.    

For Serving:

  • To the large bowl with the broccoli mixture, add the dressing.  Gently mix to coat the ingredients with the dressing.
  • To the bowl, add the mandarin oranges and gently mix them into the salad making sure that they stay whole and don’t break into pieces. 
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.  It's best not to store this salad in the refrigerator for more than a couple hours or the cashews and bacon may get soggy.
  • If serving this salad chilled, gently stir it again just before serving.



  1. For best results add the mandarin oranges to the salad at the very end after mixing the dressing in with the other ingredients.  This should prevent the mandarin oranges from breaking apart.