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Monika's Salad

Monika is my sister. I love it when she brings this salad to family dinners! I cropped this photo from a family time at the lake recently . . . so it is "her" salad.


  • 1/2 bag spring mix pre-washed salad greens
  • 1/2 bag romaine and iceberg mix
  • green onions (personal prefference)
  • 1/2 cup fetta cheese (approx)
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits (approx)
  • 2 small cans mandarin orange segments
  • 1 cup toasted almond slices (or caramelized nuts)*


  • 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1  -2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Prepare salad ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside. Mix dressing ingredients well and pour on just before serving.

* When I make this salad, I don't add the soy sauce. I toast and caramalize blanched almonds by putting them in a Teflon pan on low to medium  heat, and stirring them for a few minutes. Then I sprinkle them with a few tablespoons of brown sugar and keep stirring until the sugar melts and sticks to the nuts. Warning: Don't walk away . . . keep stirring until done. Cool and sprinkle on salad.
This also makes a nice pre-dinner plated salad.


  1. Reading how you fix the almonds make me want to make some for a snack.

  2. The dressing for this salad sounds really yummy. Since I am allergic to nuts, any suggestion for what to use in their place?

  3. I love every thing Monika makes :) I'm one of her Manitoba nieces!

  4. I appreciate this blog a lot, I check it daily,don't comment a lot, but glean a lot from it. Keep it up!
    I make this salad as well, with the carmalized nuts....DON'T, walk away during the carmalizing process. I'm speaking from experience, and have had the chance of redoing that step :>)
    Bless you ladies!

  5. That looks delicious! I make one somewhat similar but I'd like to try your dressing. Thanks.

  6. This is similar to a salad mixture that I already use, but I will have to try the dressing--it sounds very good!

  7. Looks yummy and refreshing!

  8. And Monika is my SIL! It's a very rare occassion when I get to enjoy her food, so I will definitly be making this salad. Thanks Anneliesse and Monika!

  9. this sounds yummy, definitely will add this for supper

  10. it! Right down to the tips about caramelizing nuts! Sounds soooo good. And just right to add to a healthy supper!

  11. Yum, yum. Looks refreshing and good!

  12. Yum! Yum!
    I love salads with fruit and nuts in it! :-)

  13. Ah, now I get to have Monika's secret recipe! I've eaten her salad and it is great.

  14. This looks Yummy,even when I'm not the least bit hungry.

  15. What a beautiful salad!! I am always searching for fresh side dishes like this. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Good thing I came here today....I was wondering what to make for supper (besides my cheese & crackers) and this reminded me that I do have a yummy salad (be it bagged) sitting in the fridge waiting for me! Your recipe sounds & looks so much better than mine....oh well.

  17. This looks like a very yummy salad. I love mandarins and almonds in a salad.

  18. Do you put the dressing on the salad or leave it in a jar? It looks like there is a bottle of dressing next to it.

  19. Becky, good question ... I've added the method now.
    I mix the dressing in a bottle (or other container with a lid) when I prepare the salad greens etc. and then I pour on the dressing and mix it all when everything else is ready, just before serving.

  20. This recipe is really similar to a recipe I call Dorothy's salad. . . and she calls Grace's salad.

    This one is just different enough for me now to call it Monika's salad. . thanks Anneliese.

  21. Thanks for answering my question! I think this looks perfect for a ladies' brunch I am having on Saturday. I need all the help I can get!

  22. I made this salad for yesterday's Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. It was a huge hit! I made exactly as written (without the soy sauce) Definitely will make again!!


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