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Winter Chopped Salad + Mandarin Poppy Seed Dressing

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 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


  • 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.
  • To make the dressing- In a mason jar combine juice of 2 mandarins (approx. 1/4 cup ) (or 1/4 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.
  • Pour dressing on salad and serve.


* Use Vegan mayonnaise for Vegan option