Mandarin Bacon Salad

Hey friends!  Happy Monday! :)

The weather here in Kentucky has been amazing the past few days and is going to continue throughout the week!  Isn’t it amazing how much SUNSHINE  can change your attitude and the way you are feeling?  Oh my goodness, I think what I love about days like we have been having is how it takes me back to those lazy, carefree days as a child.  When I would literally lay in the grass and watch lady bugs crawl on the leaves.  #thosewerethedays

This past weekend, we decided to have some friends over and grill out.  It was such a great time to just sit outside and enjoy the blessings of friendships. 

I made one of my favorite salads for our meal, and I wanted to share it with you here on the blog.  

It is made up of very simple, but delicious ingredients.


Doesn’t it look amazing?!  The dressing is homemade, and you simply toss all of the ingredients together before serving, and voila!  YUM! :)

mandarin bacon salad


Mandarin Bacon Salad
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 T. chopped fresh basil
  5. 2 (15 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained and chilled
  6. 1 bunch red leaf lettuce, torn
  7. 1 head romain lettuce, torn
  8. 1 (16 ounce) package bacon, cooked & crumbled
  9. 1 (4 ounce) package sliced almonds, toasted
  1. Whisk together the first four ingredients in a large bowl, blending well.
  2. Add oranges and lettuces, tossing gently to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and sliced almonds.
  4. Serve immediately.
Great tip
  1. Wash the lettuces the night before. Wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel, and chill in zip-top plastic bags. Cook the bacon and toast the almonds ahead too. Assemble and dress salad right before serving.
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All of our friends loved this salad, so give it a try, and let me know what you think!  


  1. That sounds delicious. You know it’s a good recipe when you read it while eating lunch and it STILL makes you hungry. When we grill chicken I usually grill extra just to have for salads. I bet this would be awesome with some grilled chicken on top instead of (or in addition to) the bacon.

    1. Hi Lori. Your suggestion is the way I have always made this salad ;-) both ways I’m sure, are delicious! ;-)

  2. I’d simply replace the bacon with some chicken breasts, because I’m pretty sure fruits will go better with chicken meat. Otherwise your salad seems great :)

  3. What part of Ky. Are you from? I’m from Franklin,half way between Bowling Green and Nashville. The weather is beautiful here also. I love salads,so this is a must try.Have A Blessed Day!

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