Mandarin Almond Salad |

Mandarin Almond Salad

• 4 Tablespoons sugar, divided

• 1/2 cup slivered almonds

• 1/4 cup vegetable oil

• 2 Tablespoons vinegar (I used cider vinegar)

• 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/8 teaspoon pepper

• 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)

• 1 bunch red leaf lettuce, torn

• 1 can (11 ounces) Mandarin oranges, drained

• 1 small red onion, sliced

In a small skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of sugar over low heat. Add almonds and stir until coated.

Cool; break into small pieces and set aside. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, parsley, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce and remaining sugar; shake well.

Just before serving, combine the lettuce, oranges, onion and almonds in a large salad bowl. Shake dressing; pour over salad and toss.

Yields 4-6 servings.