Winter Chopped Salad + Mandarin Poppy Seed Dressing
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 4 mandarin oranges (or clementines or 2 navel oranges)
  • 1 apple, cut into small pieces (I used Fuji)
  • 1 pear, sliced or cut into small pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup candied walnuts (or pecans) (you can also use roasted walnuts/pecans)
  • 1 Tbsp dried cranberries (like Craisins)
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt -plain or honey flavor)*
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place Romaine lettuce and arugula in a serving bowl. Peel and segment two mandarin oranges (reserving the other 2 mandarins for the dressing). Top lettuce/arugula with mandarins, apple, pears, avocado, feta, walnuts and dried cranberries. Set aside.
  2. To make the dressing- In a mason jar combine juice of 2 mandarins (approx. ¼ cup ) (or ¼ cup orange juice), mayonnaise, mustard, poppy seeds, vinegar and garlic. and salt and pepper to taste Shake to thoroughly mix. Alternatively you could use a small bowl and whisk all ingredients together. Taste- if your mandarins are a little tart you may want to add a touch of honey.
  3. Pour dressing on salad and serve.
* Use Vegan mayonnaise for Vegan option
Recipe by Simple Healthy Kitchen at