Toasted Pecan + Mandarin Orange Salad

Things have been pretty slow over here on The Fig Tree over the past few weeks. My apologies! However, the semi-hiatus has been for a good reason! I’m in the middle of making some big changes to the blog. My focus has been more on blog design these days rather than actual recipe development. Thankfully, I should finally debut the new + improved Fig Tree and resume a regular posting schedule by the end of January. So excited for the changes to go live! 

In the meantime, here is one of my favourite salad recipes. It’s a salad that my mom frequently makes throughout the summer. I realize, in most parts of the world, it’s FAR from being summer. But after we had a blizzard here on Friday, I needed something summery to keep my spirits up. This salad was perfect. The citrus was nice and refreshing. The romaine was perfectly crisp. And you cannot go wrong with toasted pecans. :)

Hope you all have a fantastic week. xo

  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1/4 of a small red onion, chopped
  • mandarin orange; supremed (or canned mandarin oranges in juice)
  • 3/4 cup of pecans; toasted
  • 4 to 6 cups of romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces


1. Combine the sugar, vinegar, canola oil, salt, pepper, dry mustard and water in a small bowl. Allow the dressing to sit for at least 30 minutes to develop flavour. 

2. In a large salad bowl, toss together the romaine lettuce, red onion, pecans and mandarin orange segments.

3. Drizzle half of the dressing over the salad, adding more if required. Toss well and serve. Note: Leftover dressing lasts up to a week in the fridge.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings of salad

Source: Mom; original source unknown


  1. says

    i having craving citrus fruit like crazy lately, and this salad looks perfect- especially with the pecans!

    i can’t wait to see your blog redesign! new year, new look, right? i’ve been giving my blog a mini makeover the last week or so, too ;)

  2. says

    With the citrus and pecans, I would actually think of this more as a winter salad than a summer salad anyway, so I think its a very appropriate post right now! Looking forward to seeing what you’ve done with your site!

  3. says

    I have a ton of mandarin oranges and tangerines on my counter right now- salads are soooo one of my favorite ways to use them!

    I can’t imagine the Fig Tree being any better, so I can’t wait to see your changes! xo

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